Please note: This registration form is for accredited members of the working media only.
Information about the Stakeholder Lockup can be obtained by calling 1 866 989 9002.

Date and Time:

Thursday, April 11, 2019. 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. The Lockup Manager will release the Lockup after the Minister of Finance has begun his Budget speech in the Ontario Legislature. This usually occurs shortly after 4:00 p.m.


News organizations must provide names of representatives attending the Lockup, along with all technical and space requirements.

Complete the online registration form and submit electronically. Your registration MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 12 noon on Thursday, April 4, 2019 to Scott Blodgett, Ministry of Finance Media Relations. He can be contacted by phone at 416-728-9791, or by email Scott.Blodgett@ontario.ca.

Please note, if you do not register on time, we cannot guarantee you a spot in the media room.

Media Accreditation:

On Budget day, press identification or letters of affiliation with photo ID must be presented to Ministry of Finance staff at the registration desk upon arrival.

Registration Process:

To make the Ontario Budget Lockup and registration process as smooth and efficient as possible, we encourage you to review the registration process so that you are properly prepared.

Security Measures: 

The wireless capability of desktop, laptop and portable computers must be disabled before entering the Lockup. You may not enable this capability to transmit any information during the Lockup.

No cellular phone, BlackBerry, Bluetooth-enabled or other personal digital assistant (PDA), wireless microphone, radio transmitter, electronic device or any other equipment that would permit the transmission/receipt of information by any means to a location or receiver outside the Lockup will be allowed.


Technical or A/V equipment MUST be installed in the Ontario and Superior Rooms between 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and must be removed by noon on Friday, April 12, 2019. (All times are approximate and subject to change.)

Embargoed News Conferences:

The Minister of Finance will hold an embargoed news conference in the Ontario Room. Opposition response to follow.

Media Kits: 

Media kits will include print and electronic copies of the Ontario Budget documents in both English and French.

Ontario Budget documents will be available on the Internet on the Ministry of Finance's website at www.ontario.ca/budget and www.fin.gov.on.ca shortly after the Minister begins his speech.


A light lunch will made available. Alternatively, should you wish to bring your own lunch, please note that there will be no refrigeration available inside the lock up.


There will be no opportunity for smoking breaks for journalists or technical staff attending the Lockup.


Scott Blodgett
Senior Media Relations Advisor
Communications Services Branch
Ministry of Finance

Media accreditation will be required.

Please advise when you register if you require any accommodation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.