Ontario's budget is a financial plan for how it brings in and spends money. The budget defines how much money goes towards social and communities services, including access to public spaces.
Every year the Government of Ontario seeks input from the public on matters related to its budget.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Budget plays an important role in shaping our recovery and rebuild process. Accordingly, the SPACE Coalition made three recommendations to the Government of Ontario for this year's budget:
- Provide funding, through Focus on Youth or a similar mechanism, to the Ministry of Education to support community programming at school facilities this summer.
- Increase community use of school (CUS) funding provided by the Ministry of Education to local school boards to account for increased labour and utilities costs. Base CUS funding on 2020/21 projected enrollment, not actual enrollment.
- Direct the Ministry of Education to confirm summer, community use and other funding for school boards as soon as possible and by the end of March to ensure effective program planning.
You can access the full PDF version of our submission here.
Send your own submission to the Ministry of Finance by February 12:
The Honorable Peter Bethlenfalvy
Minister of Finance
c/o Budget Secretariat
Frost Building North, 3rd floor
95 Grosvenor Street
Toronto ON M7A 1Z1
Email: [email protected]
Participate in the online survey.
Find out more about the 2021 Budget Consultations.