On this page
- How it works
- Submission criteria
- Writing your proposal
- Proposing an action
- Selecting a focus area
- Estimating the cost
- Describing your project
Thank you for participating in Budget Talks. Idea submissions are now closed. We’ll review all proposed projects in the coming weeks. We’ll put final ideas to a public vote in January 2017 and, if chosen, spend up to $3 million to bring up to eight projects to life.
How it works
Idea submissionClosed - December 11
Propose projects by midnight on December 11 to implement a pilot, study, event or digital service to help solve one of 8 focus areas.
Project reviewClosed - January 27
All projects will be reviewed to ensure they meet the submission criteria, and are within the scope of the Ontario Government to deliver.
Public votingClosed - February 23
Submissions that meet the requirements of the project review will be posted online where you can vote for the projects you would like to see implemented.
We’ll announce which projects will be implemented and provide progress updates throughout the Budget year.
To be considered for public voting your proposal must:
- be submitted by midnight on December 11, 2016,
- be a proposal for a pilot, study, event or digital service,
- be within the scope of the Ontario Government to deliver,
- help support one of the 8 focus areas,
- require a one-time investment of no more than $1 million,
- be finished or able to show progress by spring 2018, and
Your submission may be removed from the Budget Talks platform or not proceed to public voting if it suggests the Ontario government act in a way that:
- results in discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law
- violates Ontario’s accessibility laws opens in a new window
- promotes activities that appear/are unsafe or dangerous
- requires access to private or restricted property and/or private information
- requests a transfer of funds to an individual or organization
- promotes a competitive advantage for a specific individual, company, brand, or product for commercial purposes or promotion
- is, in Ontario’s reasonable opinion, inappropriate
Writing your proposal
When you submit your project at Ontario.ca/BudgetTalks you will need to select the type of project you are proposing, the funding it will need and the focus area it will help solve. You will also be asked to describe how your project would work, how it would solve the focus area and who would benefit.
Proposing an action
You can choose one of 4 actions for the government to implement:
- Pilot: Pilots are a way of running a small scale test, experiment or trial to learn about an issue or approach, and see whether an idea works or not. Examples include the government’s HOT lanes opens in a new window and Basic Income pilots opens in a new window and upcoming automated vehicles opens in a new window and social impact bond opens in a new window pilots.
- Study: Do you know of an issue you think the government should investigate and publicly report on? The government can task its own experts, which include scientists, economists, statisticians, public policy experts, or outside advisors to look into an issue and publicly release the results.
- Events: Events could involve holding a public meeting to discuss an issue, a conference, festival or celebration, or a commemoration of an important event or date. For example, you could submit a proposal to fund farmers’ markets and local food events across the province or in your community to promote healthy food choices.
- Digital service: A digital service can provide useful information like traffic and road closures opens in a new window or how to protect yourself as a consumer opens in a new window. They can also make it more convenient to order alcohol opens in a new window, file court documents opens in a new window or a complaint. Can you think of a new digital service or change to an existing service that the government should provide?
Selecting a focus area
The focus areas were chosen as part of our commitment to make everyday life easier for the average citizen and move us one step closer to becoming the most open, transparent, collaborative and digitally innovative government in Canada. Your project proposal should solve one of 8 focus areas:
Fight climate change through conservation and a low carbon economy
We are looking for your ideas to help fight climate change through conservation and low carbon economy. For example, you could suggest projects that help Ontario households and businesses reduce harmful greenhouse gas pollution by adopting low- and no-carbon energy in their homes, vehicles and workplaces. You may have other ideas to help and we want to hear those too. Learn more about work already underway to fight climate change opens in a new window.
Help students achieve their full potential
We are looking for your ideas to help students achieve their full potential. For example, you could suggest projects that increase access to computer coding and the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, close the achievement gap and improve graduation rates for Indigenous students, children and youth in care, students living in poverty or students with special needs or, help students develop critical and creative thinking skills through the arts, including visual and performing arts. You may have other ideas to help and we want to hear those too. Learn more about what we’re already doing to help students across the province reach their full potential opens in a new window.
Increase access to child care
We are looking for your ideas to help increase access to child care. For example, you could suggest projects that build on our high-quality, accessible and affordable early years and child care system or, improve data collection, performance measurement, evaluation or public reporting. You may have other ideas to help and we want to hear those too. Learn more about our goal to create another 100,000 licensed child care spaces opens in a new window for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, over the next 5 years.
Invest in community infrastructure projects
We are looking for your ideas to help invest in community infrastructure projects. For example, you could suggest projects that improve roads, bridges, transit systems, schools, hospitals, community and recreation centres, justice facilities (e.g. courts), municipal waterfronts, upgrade water and sewage treatment pipelines and facilities, or increase access to high speed internet across the province. You may have other ideas to help and we want to hear those too. Learn more about key infrastructure projects opens in a new window already underway across the province.
Make government services faster and easier to use
We are looking for your ideas to help make government services faster and easier to use. For example, you could suggest projects that improve government services for consumers and businesses, or revamp online business services. You may have other ideas to help and we want to hear those too. Learn more about what we’re doing to transform how we provide government services opens in a new window.
Make health care easier to access
We are looking for your ideas to help make health care easier to access. For example, you could suggest projects that help people navigate the health care system and make the right choices about their health, better connect people to mental health and addictions services, or support health care workers. You may have other ideas to help and we want to hear those too. Learn more about what we’re already doing to change and improve our health care system opens in a new window.
Strengthen reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples
We are looking for your ideas to help strengthen reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. For example, you could suggest projects that end violence against Indigenous women and girls, or improve access to safe drinking water, particularly in remote communities. You may have other ideas to help and we want to hear those too. Learn more about we’re already doing to strengthen reconciliation opens in a new window with Indigenous peoples.
Support Ontario’s small businesses
We are looking for your ideas to help support Ontario’s small businesses. For example, you could suggest projects that reduce the cost of doing business, attract investment, or reduce regulatory burdens. You may have other ideas to help and we want to hear those too. Learn more about what we’re already doing to support small businesses opens in a new window across the province.
Estimating the cost
Big ideas don’t always have to have a big price tag. Your project cannot cost more than $1 million (a one-time investment) but when you submit your proposal you can choose one of the following ranges:
- an undetermined amount
- $0 - 50,000
- $50,000 - 250,000
- over $250,000
The Government of Ontario will implement the final projects so please don’t recommend a transfer of funds to an individual or organization as part of your project proposal.
Describing your project
To describe the details of your project, demonstrate how it would work and how people would benefit, consider explaining:
What your project idea is, including:
- how your project would work
- who needs to be involved
- when and where it should happen
- how we could measure success
- how much you think it will cost
How your idea will provide a solution, including:
- what the outcome would be
- who would benefit
- who might be impacted
- how it would make people’s lives easier
Tell us if there is any other information or research that might be important when considering your idea. You can include links to background material that others can use to better understand your proposal.