Minister Fortier meets with business and community leaders

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, was in Kenora, Ontario, to continue the Government of Canada’s consultations for Budget 2020. Minister Fortier took part in a roundtable discussion to hear from business and community leaders and stakeholders from the region about how the government can help grow the middle class and the economy in a way that works for everyone.

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 share their priorities on how the government can continue to invest in middle class Canadians. People can contribute their ideas by making submissions through the Your Budget website.


“Increasing the prosperity and quality of life of the middle class and those working hard to join it is central to our government’s policy-making. These consultations give Canadians the opportunity to share what they think should be included in the next federal budget. Hearing from Canadians in places like Kenora helps us build a bigger picture of what the needs of Canadians are in various places around the country. Hearing directly from Canadians 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

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