Parliamentary Committees

Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services: Annual Budget Consultation

Budget 2020 Consultation

The Committee released its unanimous report on the Budget 2020 Consultation on August 7, 2019. Committee Members thank everyone who took the time to participate and share their input.


Every year, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services holds a public consultation on the next provincial budget. While the consultation typically takes place in the fall, the Budget 2020 Consultation took place in June. The Committee, in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance, has adjusted the timeline to enable the Committee to deliver a final report to the Legislative Assembly earlier in the budget process. If you would like to share feedback on this timeline, please email

Why does the Committee consult on the provincial budget?

The Budget Transparency and Accountability Act SBC 2000, c.23 requires a select standing committee of the Legislative Assembly to hold a budget consultation and report on the results by November 15 each year. The Legislative Assembly has assigned this task to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

The Act also requires the Minister of Finance to release a budget consultation paper which is referred to the Committee. It outlines the province’s fiscal forecast, key budget issues and how British Columbians can share their views.

This paper must be released by September 15 and formally opens the consultation.

Read the Budget 2020 Consultation Paper.

How can I participate?

There are many ways to participate!

Meet with the Committee at a public hearing

The Committee holds public hearings throughout the province to meet with individuals and organizations in person or via teleconference.

Provide written, audio or video comments

You can submit your ideas online in writing or in audio/video format.

Fill out a survey

The budget consultation paper includes questions about key issues which you can respond to through an online survey.

What happens with my input?

The Committee considers the priorities expressed by the public and develops recommendations for the next provincial budget. Your input and the Committee's recommendations are included in a report to the Legislative Assembly that is publicly released on or before November 15.

How can I stay up-to-date on the consultation?

Keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook.


Budget 2020 Report Media Release

Budget 2020 Consultation Presentations and Submissions

Consultation Brochure [English] [Simplified Chinese] [Traditional Chinese] [Korean] [Punjabi]

Consultation Poster [English] [Simplified Chinese] [Traditional Chinese] [Korean] [Punjabi]

Public Hearings Poster [English] [Simplified Chinese] [Traditional Chinese] [Korean] [Punjabi]