The Ontario Government is looking for your help in developing the 2016 Ontario Budget. Earlier today, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, was in Toronto to kick off the provincewide pre-budget consultation process, which is to include in-person sessions, telephone town halls and online idea-sharing. The Ontario Government stated in their press release, “Pre-budget consultations are an important way for Ontarians to have their say on how to grow the economy, create jobs and plan for the province’s future. Ideas gathered through these consultations will be considered as part of the budget development process.” They suggest
- visiting Ontario.ca/budgettalks to share, discuss and vote for ideas online,
- calling the Ministry of Finance at 1-866-989-9002 to participate in an in-person consultation
- emailing ideas to [email protected]
- Mailing in your ideas to Minister of Finance, c/o Budget Secretariat Frost Building North, 3rd Floor 95 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, ON M7A 1Z1
- Faxing in your ideas to 416-325-0969, or
- Tweeting ideas using #BudgetTalks
If you are interested in writing the Ministry of Finance remember that they must be in before January 31, 2016. The Ontario Budget is released in early April. In Wawa, there are a number of concerns that could be addressed by residents in this process, most importantly the re-instatement of the Power Dam Taxes to the Municipality in which the dams reside. Wawa is not the only community impacted by this issue – but is the most severely. Additionally, Wawa and other northern communities with a declining population are facing increasing difficulties as the OMPF fund continues to decrease. Wawa-news would suggest that residents speak to their Mayor and Council for their advice on the issues that face our community and the provincial budget.