All British Columbians are encouraged to share their ideas and priorities for the future of the province as people, communities and businesses begin to rebuild after COVID-19.

“While COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, I know the incredible resiliency of British Columbians, the strength of our communities and our solid fiscal foundation will help us weather the storm,” said Carole James, Minister of Finance. “We are in unprecedented times, but the steps we took in Budget 2020 to invest in the fundamentals will help B.C. recover from COVID-19 as we work together to build a new normal for ourselves and our economy.”

For the first time, British Columbians will have the opportunity to share their priorities for the future of B.C. entirely online. Consultations will occur virtually through video and teleconference on June 1-4, 8-12, 15-19 and 22-24, 2020, with hearings and presenters grouped into small panels based on various themes.

British Columbia’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services also invites people to participate in this year’s budget consultation by completing the survey online or making a written, audio or video submission. This year’s online approach maintains government’s commitment to transparency and accountability while protecting the health and well-being of British Columbians.

“This consultation is your opportunity to tell your story, share your ideas and outline your priorities for the future of our province. The road ahead is not without its challenges, but we will stand the test and build a better future together,” said James.

The survey is now open, with the deadline to receive all submissions set for June 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. (Pacific time). Public input will be included in the committee’s report to the legislative assembly, expected to be released in August 2020.