Toronto to help shape Budget 2014 through pre-budget consultations

Minister Jason Kenney seeks Canadians' views on how to continue to build a stronger, more prosperous Canada

TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, today hosted two pre-budget consultations with business representatives, community leaders and academics. The roundtables were part of several consultations in communities across the country in preparation for Economic Action Plan 2014.

Budget 2014 will focus on job creation, promoting economic growth, and securing Canada's long-term prosperity all while returning to balanced budgets in 2015. To this end, the federal government also welcomes suggestions on how it can further improve government efficiency and reduce unnecessary spending.

Canadians can provide their input online, as the federal government has launched a pre-budget consultation through the federal Department of Finance website. Anyone interested in participating can find more information at

Quick Facts

  • The Government is committed to having a balanced budget by 2015. The Government has set an ambitious debt-to-GDP target of 25 per cent by 2021, and will reduce that ratio to pre-recession levels by 2017.
  • Canada leads the G-7 in job creation, income growth, and keeping debt levels low.


"Our Conservative Government knows that the number one priority for Canadians remains the economy. While Canada is on the right track, with the best growth record among all G-7 countries, Canada is faced with continued economic uncertainty from beyond our borders. That is why we want to hear directly from Canadians on how to better position Canada for further job creation and economic growth."
-Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism

Associated Link

SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan

For further information:

Alexandra Fortier
Office of the Minister

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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