Minister Fortier discusses middle class prosperity and Budget 2020 priorities in Toronto

News release

February 13, 2020 - Toronto, Ontario - 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 Toronto to deliver a speech to le Club canadien de Toronto as part of its annual general assembly. The theme of the speech was prosperity among middle class Francophones. Following the speech, Minister Fortier participated in a question and answer session.

While in Toronto, Minister Fortier also met with Toronto Mayor John Tory and with other local stakeholders and business leaders to discuss how the government can help grow the middle class and the economy in a way that works for everyone. This was the final stop of a week of roundtable discussions and other meetings that Minister Fortier undertook as part of the government’s pre-budget consultations.

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. The pre-budget consultations end on February 21, 2020.


“People want a place to call home that they can afford. They want a good education for their kids and the ability to save for a secure and dignified retirement. 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, so that we can build on our progress and focus on building a stronger, healthier, more prosperous life for Canadians.” 

- Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance 

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Daniele Medlej
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada

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