Pre-Budget Feedback on Consultations – What You Told Us!

Published on February 01, 2019

Flamborough-Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly just wrapped up a seven-city, Budget Consultation Road Tour that criss-crossed Ontario. Skelly was one of a number of MPPs who listened to what the public believes should be in the upcoming budget.

They heard from more than 150 stakeholders, including representatives from small and large business, labour leaders, health care providers and indigenous peoples. There were similar messages at every meeting. The MPPs were told the impediments to job creation and economic growth should be removed. And that a shortage of skilled trades people is making it difficult for businesses in Ontario to grow.

“Members of the business community applauded the measures we’ve taken already to reduce red tape. They are pleased that we have a government that understands that it’s important to create a competitive economic environment They praised our efforts to reduce red tape and help them grow their businesses and create jobs,” said Skelly.

Creating jobs is the Ford Government’s top priority, one of the reasons the Government repealed the controversial Bill 148.

“We are committed to creating the conditions that make it easier to start and grow a business, or invest in Ontario, including cutting red tape and regulatory burdens,” said Skelly.

Many stakeholders stressed the need to continue investing more money in Health Care. The government has already committed funding to create six thousand new long-term care beds. This represents the first wave of more than 15 thousand new longterm care beds over the next five years. In Hamilton, 256 additional long-term care beds have been created.

Members of the public can still participate in the pre-budget consultations. Online or mailed submissions will be accepted until February 8th.

Visit ontario.ca/budgetideas for more information.