Parliamentary Committees

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

Budget 2021 Consultation

The Budget 2021 consultation will take place in June 2020.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all public hearings are being held via video/teleconference. Public hearings are taking place June.

Registration for public hearings is now closed. Parliamentary Committees Office staff will follow-up with registrants shortly regarding presentation dates, times and meeting details. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office at FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca or 250-356-2933 or 1-877-428-8337 (toll-free in BC).

British Columbians can also participate by making a written, audio or video submission, or completing the online survey beginning June 1, 2020, in conjunction with the release of the budget consultation paper.

The consultation closes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020.

To receive direct updates about the consultation, contact 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. British Columbians will be invited to share their thoughts, ideas and priorities through a variety of participation options. The Committee will review all input received and 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.

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

This year, the Minister will release the budget consultation paper no later than June 1, 2020.

How can I participate?

There are many ways to participate!

Meet with the Committee at a public hearing

The Committee typically holds public hearings to meet with individuals and organizations in communities across the province. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all public hearings are being held via video/teleconference.

Public hearings are taking place June 1-4, 8-12, 15-19, and 22-24 and will be organized by theme. Presenters will be grouped into panels of 3 or 4 based on these themes with each presenter receiving 5 minutes for their presentation. Following presentations from each panel, there will be time for questions from Committee Members.

Registration for public hearings is now closed. Parliamentary Committees Office staff will follow-up with registrants shortly regarding presentation dates, times and meeting details. Contact the Parliamentary Committees Office at FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca or 250-356-2933 or 1-877-428-8337 (toll-free in BC) to be added to the waitlist.

Provide written, audio or video comments

You can submit your ideas online in writing or in audio/video format. These options will be available on June 1, 2020.

Fill out a survey

The budget consultation paper includes questions about key issues which you can respond to through an online survey, beginning June 1, 2020.

Additional participation options

If you require assistance or would like additional participation options, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office at 250-356-2933 or 1-877-428-8337 (toll-free in BC) or FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca.

What happens with my input?

The Committee considers the priorities expressed by the British Columbians 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 in August 2020.

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

Keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook.

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