Minister of Finance in Toronto to Consult With Canadians on Budget 2017

September 29, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

Canada’s ambitious economic agenda is recognized around the world as a model of generosity and shared prosperity. That’s because we listen to Canadians, and we are committed to the notion that when you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone.

As part of his cross-country tour to consult on the 2017 budget, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau today stopped in Toronto to speak to a roundtable made up of experts from the arts and culture community in the morning, before making a funding announcement at Ryerson University in the afternoon.

Alongside the university’s president, Mohamed Lachemi, as well as Han Dong, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and MPP for Trinity–Spadina, Minister Morneau unveiled $31.9 million in federal funding for two projects to enhance and modernize research facilities, and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. Additional funding amounting to $4.7 million will be provided for one of the projects by the Government of Ontario.

Minister Morneau will end the day with an event in his riding of Toronto Centre, where Canadians will be invited to ask questions and share their views on how to strengthen Canada’s middle class and grow our economy over the long term.

In the coming days and weeks, Minister Morneau and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance François-Philippe Champagne will be travelling across Canada to meet with Canadians to discuss how the Government can bring together the best our country has to offer to ensure a strong, confident and more resilient middle class. The consultations will complement the work of the Government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which has been helping shape the Government’s growth strategy.

All Canadians are invited to submit their ideas online and via Twitter, using the hashtag #Budget2017.


“Our government is about bringing together new ideas, creative minds and innovative solutions. We will take full advantage of our diversity, and bring together the best Canada has to offer, to ensure a strong, confident and more resilient middle class—one that is prepared to face the challenges ahead, and filled with the confidence to build a great future for themselves, and for their kids and grandkids.”

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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