Participatory Budgeting

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Community Voting Funds Seven Projects for Newcomers to Victoria.

The votes have been counted and nearly $50,000 has been awarded to seven community-led projects benefiting newcomers.

2020 Participatory Budgeting funding recipients:

  • ICA’s Tools for Equity – Bystander Intervention Training - $30,000
    This program aims to combat racism and help create safe, inclusive communities by teaching participants practical skills they can use to support people of colour.
  • Anti-Racist and Culturally Competent Healthcare App - $10,000
    An app focused on improving health outcomes for newcomers.
  • Planting Home - $2,000
    This program aims to help families and individuals connect to culture & community

Community Voting Funds Seven Projects for Newcomers to Victoria.

The votes have been counted and nearly $50,000 has been awarded to seven community-led projects benefiting newcomers.

2020 Participatory Budgeting funding recipients:

  • ICA’s Tools for Equity – Bystander Intervention Training - $30,000
    This program aims to combat racism and help create safe, inclusive communities by teaching participants practical skills they can use to support people of colour.
  • Anti-Racist and Culturally Competent Healthcare App - $10,000
    An app focused on improving health outcomes for newcomers.
  • Planting Home - $2,000
    This program aims to help families and individuals connect to culture & community through the joyful cultivation of food.
  • Financial Literacy for YOU (FLY) - $1,580
    This program empowers youth through financial literacy training.
  • Being Together & Being Here: Newcomer Integration Through Indigenous Partnership and Education - $1,943
    This training program for youth promotes learning and builds relationships between newcomers and Indigenous community groups.
  • Culturally Safe Intake for Rock Bay Landing Shelter -$1,930
    This program enhances emergency shelter intake service to accommodates the needs of our multicultural, non-English speaking population.
  • Coming Home to the Garden: Sustainability Workshops and Resources for Newcomers - $1,566
    A series of gardening workshops that focus on food security and sustainability.

For more information about these projects and projects that have been funded in past years, visit the project website.

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    Good dau, I woild like to volunteer on the committee next year. How should I proceed?

    Annie Djiotsa asked 3 months ago

    Hi Annie, 

    Thanks for your question and your interest in Participatory Budgeting! Our theme for 2021 will be Neighbourhood spaces. We typically put out a call for Steering Committee members in January - stay tuned to engage.victoria.ca/participatory-budgeting for all the details or email us at engage@victoria.ca and we'll send you all the details when they're available.

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    Can anyone vote?

    bd asked 3 months ago

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    Voting is open to residents of the Capital Regional District.

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    How long has it been functioning?

    n/a asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    The initiative began in Victoria in 2017 with a successful pilot project. The City followed this up with a commitment for three more years, with a focus on Youth in 2019, on Newcomers in 2020, and on Neighbourhood Spaces in 2021.

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    Interesting, do the refugees and newcomers also get to vote? If they are the ones receiving the services should their vote not count more than the primarily white population of Victoria who probably do not understand their experiences fully? How equitable is this participation? If you’re really interested in the principles of participation the primary people who should be speaking and being heard are the most marginalized. How have they been part of the process?

    Rbee asked 4 months ago

    Hello and thank you for your question!

    Newcomers absolutely do get to vote and it's important that they do. This year's volunteer Steering Committee, being coordinated by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, has worked hard to reach as many newcomers as possible through targeted promotion in various newcomer languages and have been working closely with clients at the ICA and VIRCS to facilitate the voting process by working with language classes, youth programs, etc. This year we received a record number of applications from newcomers - their networks have also been engaged for voting through their own outreach.