Participatory Budgeting

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Help us decide how to invest $50,000 to support community projects benefiting new immigrants and refugees in Victoria.

You are invited to vote on community-led projects put forward by individuals, groups, or non-profit organizations. The projects that receive the most votes will be awarded funds in support of their initiatives. Voting is open to people who live in the Capital Region.

Cast your vote here

All qualifying projects take place within the City of Victoria and benefit newcomers (immigrants and refugees) in Victoria.

Close to 20 per cent of Victoria's population are newcomers, or people who are new immigrants or

Help us decide how to invest $50,000 to support community projects benefiting new immigrants and refugees in Victoria.

You are invited to vote on community-led projects put forward by individuals, groups, or non-profit organizations. The projects that receive the most votes will be awarded funds in support of their initiatives. Voting is open to people who live in the Capital Region.

Cast your vote here

All qualifying projects take place within the City of Victoria and benefit newcomers (immigrants and refugees) in Victoria.

Close to 20 per cent of Victoria's population are newcomers, or people who are new immigrants or refugees to Canada who have settled in Victoria, according to the 2016 Census. They face significant social and economic barriers to integration into the community and Canadian society. To help alleviate these challenges, the 2020 Participatory Budgeting initiative focuses on projects that foster diversity, inclusion and make a real difference in the lives of newcomers in Victoria.

This year’s citizen-led volunteer Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee is coordinated by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and includes 20 community volunteers and one City staff liaison.

Over the past three years, 11 community-led projects have received a total of $110,000 in City of Victoria Participatory Budgeting funding.

Participatory budgeting was first developed in Brazil in 1989 and is now practiced in more than 3,000 cities around the world.

For more information and to see projects that received Participatory Budgeting funding in past years, visit the project website.

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