Budget 2023 Consultation
Over the last two years, British Columbians have faced extraordinary challenges, from the ongoing health crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and poisoned drug supply to powerful climate disasters that saw communities devastated by wildfires, floods and mudslides. Government acted quickly to get people through the turmoil safely together and protect lives and livelihoods. We adapted quickly to the changing needs of people, businesses and communities by ensuring targeted supports were available to those who needed it most. We’re not through it yet, but we’re making progress together.
One hundred thousand jobs were created in the province last year, and B.C. continues to be a leader in Canada’s economic recovery. While global economic shifts impact the cost of living here at home, we’re continuing to look for ways to keep bringing costs down for families and improving the services they rely on.
We’re building on the progress made by continuing to cut child-care costs, building more affordable homes than ever before and strengthening health and mental health care services. We’re making investments to fight climate change and better protect people and communities from its effects, while creating a sustainable plan for economic growth that works for everyone, not just those at the top. We’re facing big challenges in B.C., but we know we make progress by continuing to invest in people.
Making life better for everyone also means investing in our work with Indigenous Peoples to increase access to culturally-appropriate health care, mental health care and justice, as well as a new Declaration Act Secretariat to bring the Province’s laws into harmony with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We know there’s more work to do.
The global transition to climate action and a low-carbon future will create new economic opportunities. By making investments now, we can ensure everyone in B.C. benefits and no one is left behind.
As we move forward and identify these opportunities together, we have choices to make. We want to know what matters most to you, socially, environmentally and economically. Your input will help shape the budget we put forward in 2023. This consultation is just one of the ways we are working with people, stakeholder groups, businesses and communities. We want to hear from you.
The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is one of ten permanent parliamentary committees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Each year, the committee holds province-wide consultations to seek the views of British Columbians on priorities for the next provincial budget and presents a final report with recommendations to the Legislative Assembly.
Current budget consultation
- Read the 2023 Budget Consultation Paper - English (PDF, 404KB)
- Read the 2023 Budget Consultation Paper - French (PDF, 885KB)
- Read the 2023 Budget Consultation Paper - Simplified Chinese (PDF, 1.1MB)
- Read the 2023 Budget Consultation Paper - Traditional Chinese (PDF, 1.1MB)
- Read the 2023 Budget Consultation Paper - Punjabi (PDF, 950KB)
B.C. Government Communications and Public Engagement reconnaît le soutien financier de la province de la Colombie-Britannique et du gouvernement du Canada par le biais de l'Entente Canada-Colombie-Britannique relative aux services en français.
How to submit your ideas
To participate in the consultation process, please visit the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
Previous budget consultations
View budget consultation papers from previous years:
- Budget Consultation Paper 2022 (PDF, 2.5MB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2021 (PDF, 441KB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2020 (PDF, 645KB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2019 (PDF, 669KB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2018 (PDF, 506KB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2017 (PDF, 860KB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2016 (PDF, 539KB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2015 (PDF, 364KB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2014 (PDF, 304KB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2013 (PDF, 469KB)
- Budget Consultation Paper 2012 (PDF, 3.3MB)