Student Budget Consultation Results

March 19th, 2013 by Dan Allan

For the very first time, high school students had the opportunity to advise Canada’s Minister of Finance, on the federal budget through the Student Budget Consultation.  More than 4,000 students took part from across the country.

Last Thursday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was briefed on the Student Budget Consultation results at at his office in Ottawa.  Flaherty expressed his thanks to CIVIX for conducting a “terrific consultation,” and noted the “very interesting results.”

Minister Flaherty meeting with students.

“One of the primary concerns is balancing budgets, reducing deficits and so on, which is dear to my heart,” said Flaherty. Flaherty expects that this will be a project that will “continue from year to year.”

At the event, Minister Flaherty announced that the 2013-2014 federal budget would be tabled on March 21st. It will be interesting to see how recommendations from the students will be incorporated.

Minister Flaherty receiving the Student Budget Consultation report.

You can watch the entire press conference here.


Global News has created the Grading the Budget page to share results from the Student Budget Consultation. Nine articles have been published so far, and segments appeared on Global National and other local newscasts on Monday evening.

Grading the Budget

The articles discuss many of the Student Budget Consultation findings, including:

You can view the complete results here. Click here for an infographic of the results highlights.


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