Charles Sousa Minister of Finance has said that  “Ontario is committed to supporting our communities through strategic investments that will lead to economic growth and prosperity. We believe it’s important for the government to hear directly from people about their priorities and understand what investments they want to see in their communities.”

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, has said that the government’s plan to grow the economy, create jobs and help more people benefit from the province’s strong economic growth.

The Minister met with business leaders from the Ottawa area to discuss how the government is implementing its plan to balance the budget next year and the year after. Minister Sousa outlined the strategic investments the province has made – and continues to make – to build a stronger, more inclusive economy in Eastern Ontario.

The Minister also hosted a pre-budget consultation today at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa as part of a provincewide engagement process for the 2017 Budget.

For the third year in a row, people across Ontario were also able to submit ideas through Budget Talks, an online consultation tool. 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.

Supporting business communities and engaging the people of Ontario in the budget process are part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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Bob Chiarelli MPP Ottawa West—Nepean has said that “I’m pleased that our government is listening to the people of Ottawa on their ideas to help shape Ontario’s 2017 Budget. Pre-budget consultations are an important part of building a budget that reflects the interests and priorities of people from across the province.”

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