For decades, the public has been invited to participate in pre-budget consultations, an essential tool in ensuring that the values and priorities of the people of Ontario are reflected in annual budgets.
Last year, 71,100 people from all walks of life helped shape the 2017 Ontario Budget’s policies and programs. Over 13 weeks, more than:
- 480 people attended pre-budget consultations in 11 cities, including Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Mississauga, Hamilton and Windsor;
- 70,000 participated in four telephone townhalls; and
- 680 written submissions were sent in to the government.
To prepare the 2018 Ontario Budget, the Minister of Finance and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance will again meet — both in person and virtually — with communities across the province, beginning in December 2017.
The public is invited to offer its great ideas on how to make everyday life easier for the people of Ontario through Budget Talks, an online platform.1 Last year, they submitted and voted on more than 400 ideas. The top three are being brought to life through a total of $2.6 million in provincial funding.
For the 2018 Budget Talks, the total funding has been increased to up to $5 million. This year’s program will also feature live events where people throughout the province can discuss the ideas and help determine the shortlist for public voting.
Individuals and organizations can submit ideas for the 2018 Budget online, or by mail, email or fax.
Complete a submission form on the Ministry of Finance website at www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/consultations/prebud/
The Honourable Charles Sousa
Minister of Finance
c/o Budget Secretariat
Frost Building North, 3rd Floor
95 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1Z1