2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review
2017 Budget Talks and Pre-Budget Consultations

Budget Talks

Ontario is committed to piloting new approaches to budget consultations using modern technology to make it easier for more Ontarians to participate and better engage in meaningful discussions.

In 2015, the government first created a public online discussion with Budget Talks, a pre-budget consultation tool. The following year, Ontario introduced more ways for people to exchange and discuss their ideas, demonstrating that their comments and ideas had a direct impact on the Budget. For example, through the 2016 Budget Talks, Ontarians suggested using energy-saving LED lights on provincial highways; as a result, the government launched a pilot project along Highway 401.

This year, Ontario will explore elements of participatory budgeting as part of the 2017 Budget Talks. The government encourages individuals, organizations and community groups to submit proposals focused on helping people in their everyday lives and improving the delivery of government services. Following the submission period, ministries will review the proposals to ensure they are within the Province’s scope and appropriate to implement. The Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities will help determine a short-list of projects. Public voting will then take place, helping the government determine which projects to fund as part of the 2017 Budget. More information about the Budget Talks process can be found at Ontario.ca/BudgetTalks.

The Province has improved Budget Talks each year and will continue to expand its participatory budgeting tools based on lessons learned. Exploring other tools for participatory budgeting is another way Ontario is fulfilling its commitment to create a more open and transparent government. Additionally, Public Accounts visualizations and downloadable data sets are available online. The Province will also continue its public education efforts to give Ontarians a clearer understanding of the government’s finances.

Live Consultations

For decades, the people of Ontario have been invited to participate in live pre-budget consultations. In addition to hearings held by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, the Minister of Finance holds these consultations across the province, which are an essential part of a budget’s development and enable Ontarians to have their say to ensure that the Budget best represents their values and priorities.

In preparation for the 2017 Ontario Budget, the Minister of Finance and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance will be conducting pre-budget consultations with individuals and organizations, as well as virtual town halls, to connect with a broad audience in communities throughout the province.

Written Submissions

Individuals and organizations can mail, email or fax submissions directly to the Minister of Finance.

Online

Individuals can submit ideas for the 2017 Budget by completing a form on the Ministry of Finance website.

By Mail

The Honourable Charles Sousa
Minister of Finance
c/o Budget Secretariat
Frost Building North, 3rd Floor
95 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ONĀ  M7A 1Z1

By Email

submissions@ontario.ca

By Fax

416-325-0969