For the third year in a row, Ontario is launching Budget Talks, an online consultation tool that encourages 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. Through ontario.ca/budgettalks, people can 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 everybody. 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. 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.”
— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
“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.”
— Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance
“Budget Talks is an important tool for strengthening our communities and improving government services as it provides a valuable opportunity for people to share their ideas through meaningful discussions. This is another way our government is committed to engaging the public and enhancing the everyday lives of Ontarians across the province.”
— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill
“The Budget Talks will give every day Ontarians a voice in how the province should invest. This is a great opportunity for residents of Newmarket-Aurora to have their voices heard and to contribute to the conversation regarding their communities and current government services. The ideas of Ontarians could positively impact everyone across the province.”
— Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora
Through the Budget Talks consultation process Ontarian’s will have the opportunity to engage in constructive conversations on matters they feel are important to the economic growth of our province and to provide their input on what investments they feel will help make a positive difference their everyday life.
─Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan
“Budget Talks is a great opportunity for residents in our community to engage with government and share the valuable ideas they have. Working together, we can make great strides to ensure government best reflects the needs of the people they serve and represent.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville
“To strengthen our communities and improve services we need ideas from the people who use provincial services each and every day and have ideas for the government in order to make services better. Budget Talks, is an online consultation tool that gives Ontarians across the province the ability to submit their ideas. I encourage residents in York Region and across the province to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario's future.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham
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