Parliamentary Committees

Finance Committee announces public consultation schedule for Budget 2016


August 27, 2015

Legislative Assembly - Province of British Columbia

VICTORIA –The all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has announced its schedule for the public consultations on the 2016 provincial budget.

The consultation period will formally open by September 15 in conjunction with the release of the Budget 2016 Consultation Paper prepared by the Ministry of Finance. British Columbians are invited to participate again this year by presenting at a community public hearing in person, via conference call or by videoconference; making a written submission; sending an audio or video file, or completing an online survey.

This year’s consultations will include public hearings and videoconference sessions in the following communities:

Victoria September 15
Castlegar, Kelowna September 16
Kamloops, Nanaimo September 17
Vancouver September 21
Delta (conference call)September 28
Prince George (videoconference)September 29
Dawson Creek (videoconference)September 30
Terrace (conference call)September 30
Williams Lake (videoconference)September 30
Abbotsford (conference call)September 30
Fort St. John (videoconference)October 7
Fort Nelson (videoconference)October 7
Cranbrook (videoconference)October 7
Quesnel (videoconference)October 7
Surrey October 13

Registration for the public hearings opens on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 9 a.m. To register to make a presentation, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office by phone, 1 877 428-8337, or by email:

Further information on how to participate, including public hearing locations and times, as well as information on the work of the committee, is available on the committee’s website at:

Public consultations on the provincial budget are held annually in accordance with the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act. The deadline for public input is Thursday, October 15, 2015. The committee must release a report on the results of its consultations by November 15, 2015.

For further Information:

Susan Sourial
Committee Clerk
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4
Telephone: 250 356-2933 (collect)
Toll-free: 1-877-428-8337
Fax: 250 356-8172