People can participate in this year’s budget consultations by:
Sharing ideas online by participating in the online survey
Emailing submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing submissions to the Minister of Finance
Attending a virtual consultation session
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).
ONTARIO Small Business Support Grant
Small Business Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria said that the government will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses facing challenges due to the necessary Provincewide Shutdown. This grant allows flexibility for small business owners so that they can spend it however makes the most sense for their businesses (e.g., paying rent, paying employee wages, maintaining inventory, etc.).
Businesses can apply at: www.ontario.ca/COVIDSupport