Ottawa, March 19, 2013

Archived - Making Economic Action Plan 2013 More Accessible Immediately

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As the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, prepares to table Economic Action Plan 2013, the Department of Finance outlined how Canadians can better access and search for information that matters most to them.

“Economic Action Plan 2013 will contain information that is important to different people for different reasons, so we are taking steps to ensure that the content can be accessed from anywhere in the world on a variety of mobile devices,” said Minister Flaherty. “This year, we are also developing a variety of new products that will make the information easier to understand for average Canadians.”

Building on pilot initiatives launched last year and Minister Flaherty’s reference to providing more information to Canadians online, Economic Action Plan 2013 will feature the most flexible and diverse technological platforms ever used on budget day to showcase new programs, initiatives and priorities.

As always, Canadians can access the full Economic Action Plan 2013 online as soon as the Minister begins his speech on Thursday, March 21 at 4 p.m. ET in the House of Commons. This year, visitors to the website will enjoy a user-friendly layout, featuring an enhanced search function and optimized navigation for traditional and mobile browsing on smartphones and tablets. All documents will be available in multiple formats, including print-ready versions.

New this year, Canadians with access to the Internet will also be able to take in SpeechPLUS on their computer, tablet or smartphone. Broadcast live from the floor of the House of Commons on, SpeechPLUS will put Canadians in the front row with live video and graphics to accompany the Minister’s speech in real time.

Social media users will be able to receive and share budget live tweets by following @financecanada and using the #eap13 hashtag. Of note, they will be able to receive tweets throughout the speech meant to showcase key concepts, and draw links to dynamic visual elements like videos, putting the Economic Action Plan into greater context and in a format designed to share.

Twitter users can also follow @financecanada and #eap13 in the lead-up to Thursday and take a behind-the-scenes view of the Finance Minister’s day on March 21.

For further information, media may contact:

Kathleen Perchaluk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

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