Participatory Budgeting Victoria

Got an idea for how to spend $50,000?

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.

Did you miss the Information Session in August? 
View the powerpoint presentation here. [PDF - 4.4 MB]

The Proposal Deadline has Been Extended!
The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee, a citizen-based group of volunteers, are accepting proposals. Proposals can be submitted by individuals, groups, or community organizations and will be accepted until midnight on October 7, 2017.

To submit a proposal, complete this form [PDF - 196 KB]and send it to the Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee at Application forms can also be dropped off in person at City Hall.  If you would like the Word version of this proposal form, it is available here [DOCX - 179 KB].

Participatory Budgeting Rulebook
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. [PDF - 1.1 MB]

We asked a few community members how they'd like to spend up to $50,000.  This is what they said:

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

Participatory Budget Pop- Up Information Stations
When: Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: City of Victoria tent at the James Bay Market

When: Monday, August 12, 4- 6:30 p.m.
Where: Selkirk Waterfront, between Glo Restaurant and the SMU Rowing Club

When: Sunday, September 10, Noon – 6 p.m.
Where: Vining Street Party on the Plaza, Victoria High School Plaza

When: Saturday, September 23, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where:  Fall Fairfield Event, Porter Park

Keep an eye on social media for further details and updates, or email with any questions! 

What is participatory budgeting and how does it work?

(The image above has been used with permission from the Participatory Budgeting Project.)

Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which the municipality allocates an amount of money for residents to propose and vote upon community projects. The City of Victoria participatory budgeting pilot builds on increased public participation in the City’s budget process over the past two years.

The design of a participatory budgeting process is completed by citizens, which includes reaching out to community members, working with the community to identify projects and voting on the project that the community feels should receive the funds.

 This short video gives a short, snappy introduction to Particpatory Budgeting.  It was produced by the Participatory Budgeting Project, a not-for profit organization based in New York.


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

If you are unsure of what the estimated costs would be for your idea you are welcome to contact us at for advice!

News on the City of Victoria Participatory Budgeting Pilot

Stay tuned on our website and social for future updates as this exciting process begins in our community! There will be many opportunities for you to be a part of the process along the way.


  •  Ideas collection! The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee wants to hear your ideas on what to do with the $50,000.


  • Proposal development (Fall))
  • Community voting (Winter)
  • Implement the community’s decision (Within 12 months)


  • The Steering Committee was selected in early May 2017 and began meeting regularly to develop what Participatory Budgeting will look like in Victoria
  • April 2017: A call-out was made for steering committee members
  • January 2017: Introduce process. A kick-off was  held on January 12, 2017, facilitated by the Participatory Budgeting Project. Introductory training on participatory budgeting was provided to community members, adding support to the citizen body that will form. City staff and public sector agencies also received training on how best to support the process.
  • November  2015: Report to Council [PDF - 113 KB] 

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