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Government Launches 2021 Pre-Budget Consultation Process

Published on
January 26, 2021

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland and Associate Minister of Finance and Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity Mona Fortier launched the 2021 pre-budget consultation process. The federal government has not presented a full budget since 2019 with the 2020 budget having been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government has committed to spend $70-$100 billion (3-4% of GDP) over the next three years to help Canada recover from the pandemic, a record level of stimulus spending. Much of this spending is expected to be detailed in budget 2021.

Over the coming weeks, the pre-budget process will include a small set of regional virtual town halls, an online questionnaire and the opportunity to submit a formal, written pre-budget proposal. More details on how to participate are available at letstalkbudget2021.ca.

Ministerial Town Halls will take place this week. The schedule is as follows:

January 26, 2021
Deputy Prime Minister Freeland meets with stakeholders in Atlantic Canada
Minister Fortier and Minister Hajdu meet with health care workers

January 28, 2021
Minister Fortier and Minister Carr meet with Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Deputy Prime Minister Freeland meets with stakeholders
Deputy Prime Minister Freeland meets with Pacific West South Asian Business Association

January 29, 2021
Deputy Prime Minister Freeland meets with stakeholders in Quebec
Deputy Prime Minister Freeland meets with stakeholders in the Prairies
Minister Fortier, Minister Tassi & MP Bratina meet with stakeholders in the Hamilton region and labour organizations

Federal Engagement
Sussex advises clients interested in participating in the pre-budget consultation to write and submit a proposal and then work to ensure it captures the attention and the imagination of the right people who can champion the idea during the budget-making process that will run for the next six to eight weeks.

Sussex is on hand to help ensure that your submission stands out and that it gets the attention it deserves.

For more detail, please reach out to your Sussex representative directly or to the Federal Government Relations Team.

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