Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Hosts Pre-Budget Consultation Roundtables in Whitby

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Canadians Invited to Offer Their Ideas on How to Grow and Strengthen the Middle Class

November 15, 2017 – Whitby, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. The investments the Government of Canada has made in people, communities and the economy are working. Over 500,000 new jobs have been created since 2015 and the unemployment rate is nearly the lowest it has been in a decade. Canada now has the fastest-growing economy in the G7, giving the Government the ability to reinvest the benefits of that growth back into the people who contributed most to that success.

Today, Joël Lightbound, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, together with Celina Caesar-Chavannes, the Member of Parliament for Whitby, hosted roundtables with local business and community representatives from the non-profit sector and business community in Whitby. These roundtable discussions are part of the Government of Canada's consultations for Budget 2018. During these pre-budget consultations, Canadians are invited to provide their ideas and suggestions on how the Government can make sure they are ready for the changes and opportunities that lie ahead, and what their family, community and country need to face the future with confidence.

As Canada's economy continues to grow, it is important to ensure that the benefits of that growth are shared by the middle class and those working hard to join it. That means continuing to make smart investments in people and communities to ensure continued progress for the middle class, and investing in lifelong learning to give Canadians the tools they need to find good, well-paying jobs in the economy of tomorrow. It also means ensuring that government policy and budget decisions consider impacts on all genders and advance gender equality.

Over the coming weeks, Canadians can submit their ideas as part of pre-budget consultations in person and online through the website


"The Government's ambitious plan to grow the economy is working and we are making sure the benefits of that growth help the middle class. Our pre-budget consultations are about listening to Canadians to better understand their challenges and ensure we are doing everything we can to support the middle class and those working hard to join it."

- Joël Lightbound, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

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