A Call for 2021 Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee Members

The City of Victoria is inviting Victoria residents to submit an application to be part of this year’s Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee with a theme of Neighbourhood Spaces.

The aim is to have up to 20 people be part of a diverse team to design and roll out a process to empower the community to decide how to invest $50,000 of the City’s budget in neighbourhood spaces.

The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and Building Resilient Neighbourhoods Society will co-host this year’s citizen-led Steering Committee that will develop and oversee the community-led budgeting process to engage and work with community members to develop ideas and proposals. Community voting will determine the top projects for funding.

Steering Committee applications are available online and can be submitted until Sunday, February 28. A Virtual Information Session will be hosted on Wednesday, February 17 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. for people interested in learning more about being involved on the Steering Committee. Participatory Budgeting thrives on the representation of Victoria residents with diverse lived experiences and skill sets.

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. The initiative began in Victoria in 2017 with a successful pilot project. In 2019, the City committed to three more years of funding, starting with a focus on youth, then newcomers in 2020, and now neighbourhood spaces. Since the initiative began, 18 community-led projects have received more than $150,000 in City of Victoria Participatory Budgeting funding.

To learn more and apply: victoria.ca/participatory-budgeting