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Ontario seeking public input in Windsor and London to develop 2018 budget

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Ontario is seeking public input to help shape policies and programs that will be part of the province's 2018 Budget.

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Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, was in Windsor and then London today to host pre-budget consultations. Consultations will take place over the coming weeks in Thornhill, Etobicoke, Niagara region, Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, Oshawa, Brampton, Thunder Bay and Kitchener.

Ontario will also host pre-budget telephone town halls to reach more people across the province, and ideas can be sent by mail, email or fax (416-325-0969) by February 9, 2018.

In addition, people are invited to vote by January 26, 2018 for up to three ideas suggested by members of the public through Budget Talks, an innovative online consultation tool.

The selected ideas will be announced as part of the 2018 Budget and be eligible for up to $5 million in funding.

Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

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

Through Budget Talks, Ontario is the first province in Canada to commit to funding ideas submitted by the public as part of its budget process.


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