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Ottawa, Jan 22 (IBNS): Ontario's Pre-Budget consultations kicked off today in Toronto with Ontario,being the first Canadian province to commit to funding ideas submitted by the public as part of its budget process, either by telephone by mail, email or fax (416-325-0969) by February 9, 2018, media reports said.
“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. 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” Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance was reported to state.
in today's Ontario's Pre-Budget consultations Sousa and Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Finance,were joined by MPPs Cristina Martins and Han Dong over the coming weeks in Windsor, London, Thornhill, Etobicoke, Niagara region, Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, Oshawa, Brampton, Thunder Bay and Kitchener.
Through Budget Talks, an innovative online consultation platform, people would also be reportedly invited to vote by January 26, 2018 for up to three ideas suggested by members of the public.
“We’re making it easier for people to have their say and shape the policies and programs that will be part of Ontario’s future. These consultations are an important part of how we will ensure the 2018 Budget reflects priorities such as health care, education, fairness and opportunity,” Baker reportedly stated.
The selected ideas will be announced as part of the 2018 Budget and would reportedly be eligible for up to $5 million in funding..
Last year, 71,000 people participated in consultations that informed the 2017 Ontario Budget’s policies and programs.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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