SIMCOE — Haldimand-Norfolk MPP is encouraging local residents to provide their ideas on how to continue to support families, workers and business during COVID-19, while positioning the province for a strong economic recovery with the launch of the 2021 budget consultation.  
“This past year has been very tough locally for jobs, farming and running a small business,” he said. “I encourage one and all to have their say on the upcoming budget.”
“All of us look forward to the day when COVID-19 is behind us and we no longer fear for our health and economic wellbeing as a result of this virus,” said Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy. “As we prepare the 2021 budget, we are counting on the people of Ontario to come forward with their best ideas.”  
Throughout the global pandemic, the government’s actions have been informed by unprecedented engagement with families, workers, businesses across the province. Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 outlined an initial $17 billion response to the first wave of the global pandemic. The fall 2020 budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, outlined a $45 billion plan to protect and support people during the COVID-19 pandemic, while laying the groundwork for a strong economic recovery.
The government’s 2021 Budget will be informed by the priorities of the people of Ontario because people’s priorities are the government’s priorities. The 2021 budget will be delivered by March 31, 2021.
Visit Ontario.ca/budgetconsultation to learn how to submit your ideas by email, mail or by filling out a survey. The 2021 Budget Consultations will close on February 12, 2021

Quick Facts
People can participate in this year’s budget consultations by:
Sharing ideas online by participating in the online survey
Emailing submissions to submissions@ontario.ca
Mailing submissions to the Minister of Finance
The government’s plans are driven by input from people and organizations. In April 2020, the government formed the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee (OJRC) to stimulate economic growth and job creation after the COVID-19 pandemic. The OJRC conducted over 100 consultations with more than 750 people and received almost 4,500 online submissions. Through the fall 2020 Budget consultations, the government received 522 submissions and over 1,150 survey responses. More than 400 people attended 13 consultations (two in-person sessions and 11 virtual sessions).

For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or toby.barrett@pc.ola.org