Provincial Government Launches 2020 Pre-Budget Consultations

  • Finance

8 January 2020

The Provincial Government today launched its pre-budget consultations for Budget 2020. This year’s consultation theme is “A Balanced Approach,” and includes an overview of government’s fiscal approach, which is characterized by a focus on cost control, efficiencies and savings that grow over time. Residents can provide feedback on ways to reduce spending and/or increase revenues, and on priority areas for Budget 2020 decisions.

This year’s consultations will occur in two phases. In Phase One, members of the public and industry stakeholders can provide feedback through several channels:

  • Starting today, online consultations are open to everyone at  ;
  • There will be five regional in-person consultation sessions hosted by provincial Cabinet Ministers starting on January 22. The schedule of in-person sessions is available in the backgrounder below.
  • Any stakeholder wishing to provide a more detailed submission is encouraged to submit a written submission by email at

In Phase Two, government will publish all input from the first phase, and will seek collaboration with all MHAs:

  • Opposition Parties and Independent MHAs will be invited to submit written submissions by February 7;
  • Groups will be invited to in-person meetings with the Minister of Finance during the week of February 10 to discuss the ideas in their submissions.

The first phase will run from January 8 to 31, while the second phase will run from February 3 to 14.

“Our balanced approach has involved finding efficiencies and putting in place savings programs that grow over time. While our progress to date is undeniable, the challenges we have identified have put pressure on our ability to return to surplus by 2022-23. I encourage all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to contribute to the discussion on how we can overcome the challenges we face to remain on track for fiscal balance.”
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board

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Online 2020 Pre-Budget Consultations

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Schedule of In-Person Public Consultation Sessions

Date and Time Location Hosting Minister
January 22
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Avalon Region
Capital Hotel
208 Kenmount Rd.
St. John’s
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Finance
President of Treasury Board
January 23
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Central Region
Albatross Hotel
114 Trans-Canada Hwy.
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services
January 23
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Labrador Region
Hotel North Two
382 Hamilton River Rd.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
January 27
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Northern Peninsula Region
Hotel North
31-51 West St.
St. Anthony
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
January 30
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Western Region
1 Canada Games Place
Corner Brook
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources
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