Parliamentary Committees

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

IMPORTANT UPDATE

The Budget 2020 consultation will take place in June.

Online registration for public hearings opens Monday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m. Please see our Public Hearing Schedule for a full list of locations and times.

The opportunity to make a written, audio or video submission, or complete the online survey will be available beginning June 3, 2019, in conjunction with the release of the budget consultation paper.

The deadline for all input is Friday, June 28 at 5:00 p.m.

To receive updates on the consultation, email FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca to be added to our email distribution list.


 

Every year, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services holds a public consultation on the next provincial budget. This year, the consultation will take 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. The Committee will review the new timeline, and provide opportunities for stakeholders to share their feedback, at the conclusion of the consultation.

As in previous years, British Columbians are invited to share their thoughts, ideas and priorities by speaking with the Committee at a public hearing, making a written, audio or video submission, or completing a survey. The Committee reviews all the input received to make recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for the next provincial budget.

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 all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

As part of the consultation, 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. This year, the Minister will release the budget consultation paper June 3, 2019.

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. Registration to reserve a time to speak with the Committee opens on Monday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m. Teleconference opportunities can be requested by calling the Parliamentary Committees Office at 250-356-2933 (or toll-free in BC at 1-877-428-8337).

Provide written, audio or video comments

You can submit your ideas online in writing or in audio/video format. These options will be available beginning June 3, 2019.

Fill out a survey

The budget consultation paper includes questions about key issues which you can respond to through an online survey, beginning June 3, 2019.

Please note the deadline for all input is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

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. This year, the Committee intends to release its report by late July/early August.

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

Keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook.

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