Finance Committee Announces Budget 2017 Public Consultation Schedule

The Province's all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has announced its public hearing schedule for the Budget 2017 consultation process. This year the committee will travel to 15 communities to hear from interested individuals and organizations about their fiscal priorities. Videoconference opportunities will be available for an additional eight communities. 

Mark your calendar: public hearing registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and spaces book up quickly!

Pursuant to the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act, the consultation period opens by September 15, with the release of the Budget 2017 Consultation Paper by the Minister of Finance.

The Alliance for Arts + Culture encourages all members of BC's arts and culture community to participate in the consultations by presenting at a public hearing, making a written, audio or video submission, or by completing an online survey.

Important Dates to Note

  • Registration opens for public hearings at 9:00 a.m.on Tuesday, September 6.
  • Website opens to receive submissions and online survey responses on Thursday, September 15.
  • Public hearings begin on Monday, September 19.
  • The deadline for public input is Friday, October. 14.
  • The committee will release a report on the results of its consultations by November 15.

Register to Present at a Public Hearing

To register to present at a public hearing, email on or after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6. 

Plan to register early, as spaces typically book up quickly. Requests are considered on a first come, first served basis and only those received after 9:00 a.m. on September 6 will be considered. Include the names of each presenter and organization, including full contact information. 

Public Hearing Dates

Public hearings will be conducted in the following communities:

Vancouver / Monday, Sept. 19
Cranbrook / Tuesday, Sept. 20
Kamloops / Tuesday, Sept. 20
Kelowna / Wednesday, Sept. 21
Richmond / Wednesday, Sept. 21
Surrey / Thursday, Sept. 22
Victoria* / Monday, Sept. 26
Prince Rupert / Monday, Oct. 3
Dawson Creek / Tuesday, Oct. 4
Prince George / Tuesday, Oct. 4
Quesnel / Wednesday, Oct. 5
Port Hardy / Wednesday, Oct. 5
Courtenay / Thursday, Oct. 6
Delta / Thursday, Oct. 6
Victoria* / Tuesday, Oct. 11

*Video/teleconference opportunities for Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, Williams Lake, Smithers, Castlegar, Vernon, Terrace, and Penticton.

The Committee is also empowered to consider and to make recommendations on the annual reports, rolling three-year service plans, and budgets of BC's eight statutory officers.

Further Information

Additonal information regarding the budget consultation process and how to participate is available at:

For further information: 
Kate Ryan-Lloyd, Deputy Clerk and Clerk of Committees
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Telephone: 250 356 2933 (collect) 
Toll-free: 1 877 428 8337
Fax: 250 356 8172


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