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Ontario Seeking Public Input in Oshawa to Develop the 2018 Budget

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Ontario Seeking Public Input in Oshawa to Develop the 2018 Budget

Provincewide Pre-Budget Consultations Support Government Plan for Fairness and Opportunity

Ministry of Finance

Ontario is seeking public input to help shape policies and programs that will be part of the province's 2018 Budget.

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, was in Oshawa today to conduct annual pre-budget consultations. He was joined by MPPs Joe Dickson and Granville Anderson. Remaining consultations will take place over the coming weeks in Thunder Bay, Kitchener and Brampton.

Ontario will also host pre-budget telephone town halls to reach more people across the province, and ideas can be sent by mail, email or fax (416-325-0969) by February 9, 2018.

Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Last year, 71,000 people participated in consultations that informed the 2017 Ontario Budget’s policies and programs.
  • Through Budget Talks, Ontario is the first province in Canada to commit to funding ideas submitted by the public as part of its budget process.

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“Pre-budget consultations are an important part of developing a document that reflects the interests of Ontarians. Public input and feedback are critical to recognizing people’s priorities across the province. That’s why we are committed to listening and discussing ideas for economic growth and prosperity. We believe it’s important for the government to hear directly from the people of Oshawa about their priorities.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance

“In terms of ideas and opinions, our community has made a significant contribution to the development of the 2018 Ontario Budget.”

Joe Dickson

MPP (Ajax–Pickering)

“As we prepare the next budget, it is essential for us to ensure that a broad range of perspectives is heard and considered.”

Granville Anderson

MPP (Durham)