Abbotsford -The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, a parliamentary committee of the legislative assembly, has announced details for its Budget 2020 consultation.

The consultation, an annual event where British Columbians are invited to share their priorities and ideas for the next provincial budget, opens on Monday, June 3, 2019. While the consultation typically takes place in the fall, this year it will take place in the summer to enable the committee to deliver its report earlier in the budget process.

“Every year, the committee hears diverse perspectives and suggestions on a number of topics,” said Bob D’Eith, committee chair. “Moving the consultation to June will allow for more time to review and consider this input and the recommendations put forward by the committee.”

“There are many opportunities and ways to participate,” added Dan Ashton, deputy chair. “We encourage all British Columbians to take part and share their views on the issues affecting their families and communities.”

British Columbians can provide their input by speaking with the committee in-person or via teleconference at a public hearing; by providing a written, audio or video submission; or by filling out an online survey.

Public hearings are being held in 15 communities throughout the province including June 20 in Abbotsford.

Registration for public hearings opens Monday, May 27, 2019, at 9 a.m. (Pacific time) via the committee’s website:

Teleconference opportunities and interpretive services can be requested by calling 250 356-2933 or 1 877 428-8337 (toll-free in B.C.).

The deadline for all input is Friday, June 28, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Pacific time). The committee intends to release its report in late July or early August.

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