#GrassrootsGlimpse: A snapshot of the new 2022 Ontario MPPs

Following the 2022 Ontario provincial elections, 36 new Members of Provincial Parliament have been announced. 36 out of 124 Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) will be taking a seat in the Legislative Chamber for the first…

The Grassroots Greenhouse 2023

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Canada’s Agriculture & Food Sectors Viewed as a Key Driver of National Security and Critical Infrastructure TORONTO, ON – August 15, 2023 – The fifth annual national Agri-Food public opinion poll by Grassroots Public Affairs…

Ontario's 2024 Budget Consultation Process: Shaping the Province's Economic Future

As Ontario gears up for the 2024 Budget, the Province is actively seeking input from a diverse range of voices: workers, families, business owners, and communities. This call for engagement underscores the government's commitment to crafting…

Navigating Political Staff Turnover: The Imperative of Stakeholder Management

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Ontario’s political landscape is as fluid as the ocean tides. An almost palpable undercurrent of constant change pervades Whitney block and Queen’s Park due to an inherently high turnover rate among political staffers. Promotions, new positions,…

A Roadmap to Success – Lobbying the Ontario Government

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Artem Chaplynsky reflects on his time spent working in the Premier's Office and shares his beliefs on how to achieve success in lobbying the Ontario government. Artem has recently joined Grassroots Public Affairs as a consultant and will…

Ontario’s Budget 2023 Stays Focused on Tory Priorities

In April of 2022, the provincial government in Ontario got back on track by releasing a spring budget after the previous two years were disrupted by the pandemic. In that budget they clearly identified that priorities moving forward would focus…

Ontario's Legislative Preview

Late July is likely the most popular time for taking family holidays and time off, including those who work in government. Yet this summer, much like the preceding two, things continue to be far from “normal” in terms of what is likely…

First Impressions of Advocacy Networking

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Associate Consultant at Grassroots Public Affairs Reem Wahab shares her take on networking in the advocacy world as a newcomer. Attending events for the first time in the advocacy world can be quite daunting. Depending on the event,…

Ontario’s 2022 Election is in the Books – What Happened and What to Look For Next

The Results The pollsters got this election right – a Ford majority seemed increasingly popular as the election campaign progressed and when the dust settled the PC Party ended up with a massive 83 seat super majority. It was a fantastic…
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Ontario Budget 2021: A Blueprint for Recovery

On Wednesday afternoon, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy delivered the much-anticipated 2021 Ontario budget. After the COVID-19 pandemic delayed last year’s budget until the fall, the government is likely eager to get things back on track as it moves towards the 2022 provincial election.

Fiscal Governance in a Pandemic: Ontario's Provincial Budget

On Thursday, in a sparsely populated legislature, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips rose to deliver the government’s provincial budget, almost eight months after originally scheduled. In a year like no other, fallout from the pandemic and a struggling economy has forced this government to bury their fiscally conservative tendencies in favour of increased spending to support Ontarians.