Minister Fortier in Hamilton to speak with Canadians about Budget 2020 priorities

From: Department of Finance Canada

A strong economy starts with a strong middle class and a responsible fiscal plan. For the last four years, investments in people and communities, combined with the hard work of Canadians, have helped create more than a million new jobs-driving continued economic growth and creating more opportunities for people to succeed.

Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, accompanied by the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, was at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, to continue the Government of Canada’s consultations for Budget 2020. Minister Fortier took part in a roundtable discussion and tour to hear from local stakeholders and talk about investments to help grow the middle class and allow businesses to prosper.

This year’s consultations focus on the priorities laid out in the 2019 Speech from the Throne:

  • Strengthening the middle class and growing the economy
  • Fighting and preparing for climate change and protecting the environment
  • Keeping Canadians safe and healthy
  • Continuing the work towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

Minister Fortier invites all Canadians to contribute their ideas on how the government can continue to build an economy that works for everyone. People can share their ideas through in‑person events and also by making submissions through the Your Budget website.


“Canadians are counting on us to deliver a budget that is targeted to what matters most to them-and that’s protecting our environment, growing the middle class, walking the path to reconciliation and continuing to keep Canadians safe and healthy. These consultations will help us build on our progress and grow an economy that includes everyone.”

– Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance

“Our government has put a plan in place to make life more affordable and grow the economy, but there is a lot more work to do to ensure all Canadians have a real and fair chance at success. This work includes improving equality and inclusion in the job market and improving access to good, well-paying jobs. We are working with Canadians so that everyone feels the benefits of a growing economy.”

– Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour

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