Participatory Budgeting Victoria

 

Your Dollars. Your Decisions. Your City. How would you invest $50,000? Steering Committee Applications Now Open!

Interested in helping your community decide how to invest a portion of the City’s budget? We’re seeking volunteers to serve on the 2020 Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee.  

This year the focus is on projects that make life better for newcomers in our community.  

The Steering Committee develops and oversees this community-led budgeting process. You’ll engage and work with community members to develop ideas and proposals.  Community voting determines the top projects for funding.  

The Participatory Budgeting process thrives on the diverse representation of Victorians. We strongly encourage Steering Committee applications from individuals who have diverse lived experiences, particularly from newcomer communities. 

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria will host this year’s Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee.

Apply Now. Click here to fill out an application (form not compatible with Firefox). The deadline for applications is Friday, February 7.   

Meet and Greet Information Session, Thursday, Jan. 30
Drop in to learn more, talk with former Steering Committee members and people involved in Participatory Budgeting in Victoria. 
Thursday, Jan. 30 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Hosted at the Inter-Cultural Association offices, 930 Balmoral Road  (at Quadra Street, in the lower level of the First Metropolitan United Church). 

Have Questions or Need Help?

Making it easy to participate is a big part of Participatory Budgeting. If technology is not your thing, or you are worried your application wasn’t received, please email us at engage@victoria.ca, or call us at 250-361-0210 and we can work with you to fill out your application form. We send email confirmations to all applicants. If you haven’t heard from us that your application was received, please resend it or get in touch.

What is Participatory Budgeting?

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.   

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

How to Get Involved

It's easy! There are many ways to get involved in the City of Victoria Participatory Budgeting process.

2020 Participatory Budgeting Timeline 

January-February: Form Community Steering Community. Interested? Apply Now!
April-May: Generate ideas and submit Project Proposals
June-July: Community Voting
September: Fund and Implement winning projects

Projects Make A Real Difference in Our Community

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 in 2017. Many more potential project ideas were submitted and voted on by community members. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Check out the great projects making a real difference in our community: 

2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Recipients: 

  • What We Need: Prevention of Youth Homelessness–$27,520 This program will equip at-risk youth with resources to find housing, employment and stability through fostering independence, belonging and empowerment
  • Pollinator Partnership Canada –$18,000 This program will empower youth to take the lead in pollinator conservation in Victoria
  • Unquiet Minds II –$6,450 This community-based event will celebrate and highlight youth in their efforts to cultivate creativity towards an ongoing and theatrical discussion of mental health
  • Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program for Young Parents –$2,400 This parenting program will provide resources to parents who are young, single, socially or geographically isolated, or who have low income or limited formal education

2018 Participatory Budgeting Project Recipients:

  • Next Steps Employment Program: ($25,000) A program by Our Place Society that will create pathways to employment for Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens.
  • Urban Alive Pop-Up Native Bee Apiary ($11,500): Border Free Bees, Emily Carr University and Pollinator Partnerships Canada will collaboratively design and build an apiary to house docile native bees and educate the public on the crucial role they play in natural ecosystems.
  • Learning Garden: ($16,000) Food Eco District (FED) and LifeCycles Project Society will build an educational outdoor classroom at the Greater Victoria Public Library’s downtown branch.