Ontario Government Wants Kingston’s Input to Develop 2018 Budget

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Frost Building, Ontario Ministry of Finance

Ontarians are being asked for input to help shape policies and programs that will be part of the province’s 2018 Budget.

Last year, 71,000 people participated in similar consultations that informed the 2017 Ontario Budget’s policies and programs.

2018 Pre-Budget Consultations are taking place over the coming weeks in a number of cities across Ontario as well as telephone town halls in other communities to reach even more of the public. The first session was held in Toronto on Monday of this week.

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“The budget affects everyone in Ontario. We want to hear your priorities, discuss your concerns, and understand what investments are most important to your community,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. “Your opinions and ideas will help us develop a budget that reflects all of Ontario, and that supports greater fairness and opportunity for people across the province.”

In addition to the in-person consultations and telephone town halls, ideas can be sent by mail, fax (416-325-0969), or email by February 9, 2018.

Before 5pm on Friday, January 26th, members of the public can also vote for three of their favourite ideas for the government to fund. As much as $5 million will be spent to bring to life up to five ideas that receive the most votes, with those projects named in the 2018 budget.

Vote on Budget Talks ideas here

When contacted about the local 2018 Pre-Budget consultation, the Ministry of Finance reports it will be held in Kingston on Wednesday, January 31st.

Interested parties should email their request to attend to: submissions@ontario.ca.

Your email should include the following information:

Phone Number:

Submissions will be placed on the Request list and, if chosen, an invitation with event details will be sent to the person’s email.

Photo – Frost Bldg, Ministry of Finance: Wikimedia Commons (cc)