Published On: Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Victoria's Participatory Budgeting Gives Public Input on Spending

Victoria's Participatory Budgeting Gives Public Input on Spending

VICTORIA – How would you spend up to $50,000 to improve life in Victoria?! If you have an idea for a project, initiative or event, now is the time to submit it to the Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee. Later this year, the community will be invited to vote on which ideas they like the most. Proposals can be for some, or all, of the $50,000.

The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee, a citizen-based group of volunteers, will be accepting proposals starting in mid-August. Proposals can be submitted by individuals, groups, or community organizations and will be accepted until September 28, 2017.

To submit a proposal, complete this form and send it to the Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee at pb@victoria.ca. Application forms can also be dropped off in person at City Hall.

This is the first year the City of Victoria has empowered the community to decide what to do with a portion of the City budget. The Steering Committee was brought together in May and has been developing a model to empower community members in budget decision-making. Learn more about this model and guiding principles here in the 2017 Participatory Budgeting RuleBook.

  • Want to learn more? | ‘How to Prepare a Proposal’ Information Session
    • Come and discuss your ideas and learn more about the proposal process.
    • When: Tuesday, August 29 from 6- 8 p.m.
    • Where: City Hall, Antechamber
  • How far can $50,000 go? | The following gives some idea of what estimated costs are for various community improvement projects.
    • Bike Rack: $500
    • Wall Mural: $500-$1,000
    • Park Bench: $2,000-$2,500
    • Community Stage Parklet: $10,000 - $20,000
  • Next Steps:
    • Proposal development (Fall)
    • Community voting (Winter)
    • Implement the community’s decision (Within 12 months)