Ontario Looks for Input on 2018 provincial Budget

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa Credit: Global News

Ontario launched Budget Talks today, an online consultation that allows the public to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario’s future.

The government will provide up to $5 million to fund up to five proposals identified and voted on by the public as part of the 2018 Budget.

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, and Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, made the announcement today in Toronto.  “Innovation is the driver of good policy.  The ideas brought to life through Budget Talks have shaped policies that are delivering results for people in communities across the province,” Sousa Said

This is the fourth year in a row the government has engaged the public in the development of the Ontario budget through Budget Talks, and the second year that funding will be allocated directly to citizen-led proposals.

Through Ontario.ca/budgettalks, people are invited to share ideas on five focus areas, including child care, seniors, small business, students and healthy living.

To be eligible, proposals must:

  • Be submitted online by midnight on November 3, 2017
  • Be for a new fund, pilot project, study, event or digital service
  • Fall within the scope of the Ontario government to deliver
  • Help support one of the five focus areas outlined on Budget Talks
  • Require a one-time investment of no more than $1 million
  • Show progress or completion by spring 2019

People will be able to vote and comment on ideas beginning in January, 2018.