Up to $5 Million Available to Bring Ideas to Life
An Invitation for Public Input from the Ontario Government
Posted October 18th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
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.
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
Engaging the people of Ontario in the budget process is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“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. Each year, we look forward to tapping into the skills and experiences of Ontario’s best and brightest as we deliver on the priorities that make a real difference in people’s lives.”
— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
“Ontario is making it easier for more people to get involved in developing our plan to grow our economy and support programs that they rely on. Budget Talks is an innovative online consultation that provides people with a unique opportunity to engage with their government and their communities. ”
— Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance
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