Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance in Ajax and Cobourg to Consult With Canadians on Budget 2017

November 8, 2016 – Ajax, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

With its Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada has taken the next steps in its plan to make smart and necessary investments to strengthen the middle class and position Canada for success in the global economy of tomorrow. Looking ahead to the next budget, ongoing consultations are helping inform the Government’s approach of ensuring that the long-term growth we create is shared with the middle class, and those working hard to join it.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance François-Philippe Champagne today took part in a pre-budget roundtable discussion in both Ajax and Cobourg, on how to spur long-term economic growth and create good, well-paying jobs for Canadians. Parliamentary Secretary Champagne also spoke about the Fall Economic Statement’s focus on making unprecedented investments in infrastructure, attracting investment to Canada and ensuring high-growth companies have what it takes to succeed. He highlighted infrastructure investments of over $180 billion over 12 years to help communities like Ajax and Cobourg, investments that will also ensure cleaner air and water and foster better neighbourhoods.

These visits are part of the pre-budget consultations being held across the country to hear the best ideas our country has to offer to ensure a strong, confident and more resilient middle class.

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


“The new ideas that Canadians bring to the table in these consultations are fundamental to guiding our Government’s efforts as we advance our bold plan to grow the economy, and ensure a strong, confident and resilient middle class. I look forward to hearing from Canadians all across the country as we move forward to strengthen our communities, create sustainable and well-paying jobs, and ensure long-term growth now and in the future.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Quick Facts

Measures in the Government’s Fall Economic Statement include:

  • Investing an additional $81 billion over 11 years in public transit, green and social infrastructure, transportation infrastructure that supports trade, Canada’s rural and northern communities and smart cities to bring Canadians good jobs, a cleaner environment and thriving communities for years to come;
  • Creating a Global Skills Strategy to create even more Canadian jobs by ensuring high-growth companies have what they need to grow and succeed;  
  • Creating the Invest in Canada Hub, staffed with a dedicated high-impact sales force to promote Canada, and to forge global partnerships that will attract investment to Canada; and
  • Strengthening the independence of Statistics Canada and the Parliamentary Budget Officer to provide fair and unbiased advice and make government more open and transparent.

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