Parliamentary Committees

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

Budget 2021 Consultation

The Committee released its unanimous report (Volume I  and Volume II) on the Budget 2021 Consultation on August 21, 2020. 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. British Columbians can share their thoughts, ideas and priorities through a variety of participation options. The Committee reviews all input received and makes 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.

Read the Budget 2021 Consultation Paper

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.  

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 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.

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

Keep an eye on our websiteTwitter and Facebook.