For the third year in a row, Ontario is launching Budget Talks, an online consultation tool that allows the public to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario's future.
The government will provide $3 million to fund up to eight proposals as part of the 2017 Budget, making Ontario the first province to commit to funding ideas from the public as part of its budget process.
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance are in Toronto today to kick off the annual pre-budget consultations, including the launch of this year's Budget Talks.
Through ontario.ca/budgettalks, people will propose ideas to strengthen their communities or improve government services.
To be eligible, proposals must:
People can also share their general feedback to help inform the Budget by:
Engaging the people of Ontario in the budget process is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“The Ontario Budget affects every Ontarian. That’s why it’s important for the government to hear from the people across the province, to discuss their priorities and understand what investments they want to see in their communities. The innovative and online consultation tool, Budget Talks, provides an opportunity for more people to share their ideas on how we can help make everyday life easier. I look forward to engaging in constructive consultations across Ontario. Together we will keep building a province where everyone can reach their full potential.”
“Ontario is making it easier for people to engage in meaningful discussions and have their say on how to grow the economy, create jobs and plan for our future. Budget Talks will be an important tool to engage people and make sure that the 2017 Budget reflects priorities that will make a difference in people’s everyday lives.”
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