Parliamentary Committees

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

Budget 2020 Consultation

The Budget 2020 Consultation closed on Friday, June 28. The Committee thanks everyone who participated.

The Committee's report and recommendations will be released by early August.

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Every year, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services holds a public consultation on the next provincial budget. This year, the 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. 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 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.

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. 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.