Victoria Recognized as the Canadian Organization of the Year for Public Participation

The City of Victoria brings home top honours as the Canadian Organization of the Year at the North America conference of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), in Portland, Oregon.

Victoria adopted the IAP2 core values for public participation in 2011 and soon became one of the first municipalities in the country to develop a civic engagement strategy. Since then, the City has been working hard to refine engagement approach and practice to build relationships and trust, and most importantly, garner greater public involvement in City decision-making.

Current focus remains on making City information and services easier to access, working with Victoria's 13 great neighbourhoods to build stronger relationships and capacity, and engaging youth in Victoria planning and decisions. For the first time, in 2016, the City will allocate specific funds for the community to decide how they will be invested.

Hear more about the City's public participation evolution and organizational commitment to "better is possible":

The City now competes for Organization of the Year, against winners from other Affiliates in the worldwide IAP2 Federation. The Organization of the Year awards will be announced at the IAP2 Australasian Conference in Perth, Australia, in October 2015.

Read the full media release here [PDF - 265 KB].