Ontario Wraps Up 2020 Budget Consultations
Thousands of people across the province shared their ideas to build Ontario together
TORONTO — Minister of Finance Rod Phillips and Parliamentary Assistant Stan Cho have wrapped up formal consultations for the 2020 Budget. These ideas will support the government's work as they implement their Plan to Build Ontario Together.
"We are a government that listens, which is why the 2020 Budget will be informed by extensive conversations with people, local government partners, non-profits, and the business community," said Minister Phillips. "Although every community has diverse needs, three key themes emerged across the Province: a need to make life more affordable, continued investment in key services, and ensuring that Ontario returns to a sound financial footing."
A diverse range of individuals, businesses, local governments, charities, and non-profits participated in these consultations over the previous eight weeks. Every region of the province had the opportunity to participate, ensuring that a wide range of communities have their voices heard.
"Government should work for the people, not the other way around. That's why hearing directly from so many passionate community members is such an important part of how we'll plan the Budget," said Cho. "I know it's not easy to take time away from our families and jobs to engage with government. That's why I'm all the more grateful to everyone who took part."
- Minister Phillips and Parliamentary Assistant Cho heard from over 5000 people and organizations, including at 28 in-person consultations in 26 communities: Aurora, Brampton, Brockville, Elmira, Georgetown, Guelph, Kenora, Kingston, Kleinburg, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Paris, Peterborough, Prince Edward County, Sarnia, Scarborough, St. Thomas, Stratford, Toronto, Whitby, Willowdale and Windsor.
- 2020 Budget consultations started in-person, by email, via mail and online on December 18, 2019 and concluded February 11, 2020.