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Community Voting Starts in September!

Our call for proposals closed on August 7. Don't miss your chance to vote on how $50,000 should be used to benefit newcomers in Victoria. Stay tuned for more info!.

What is Participatory Budgeting?

Watch this video to find out more of what you need to know about this year's initiative benefiting newcomers. Members of the 2020 Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee answer questions including who can apply, how to come up with an idea for a project and more!

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Participatory budgeting is an innovative, democratic process that was first developed in Brazil in 1989. It is now practiced in more than 3,000 cities around the world. Participatory budgeting focuses on engaging people who have not historically been involved in government or budgeting processes. The process is citizen-led and community members directly decide how to spend part of the City’s budget.

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 Neighourhood Spaces in 2021. In total, 11 community-led projects have been selected by community members to receive $110,000 in City of Victoria Participatory Budgeting funding since the initiative began.

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

Milestones

  • Call for Proposals
    June 16 - August 7
    Participatory Budgeting proposals are currently being accepted.
  • Review of Proposals
    August 2020
    The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee and City staff will review all proposals to ensure they meet the PB criteria.
  • Community Voting
    September 2020
  • Fund Top Projects
    Fall 2020
    The projects with the most community votes will be funded.

Level Of Engagement

Learn more about the City's Engagement Framework here.

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