Getting a Say in the City’s Budget


This past year, city councils in Toronto and Calgary initiated Participatory Budgeting processes, to allow citizens more of a voice about where their city’s money goes. In Calgary 23,000 people took part in the process.

Other communities, such as Victoria, are watching closely and talking about possibilities for engaging their citizens.

Participatory Budgeting is being used in over 1200 municipalities globally, most strongly in Brazil, where the city of Porto Alegre has been involving citizens in the whole budgeting process since 1989.

Read more about Participatory Budgeting in Victoria here.  


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The Centre for Civic Governance works to support community leadership meeting today’s social and environmental challenges: climate change, Canada’s increasing equity gap, and shifting social trends. At the Centre for Civic Governance, our goal is to strengthen Canadian communities through sharing best practices, providing tools for locally elected leaders, and progressive policy analysis. We strive to provide knowledge and information to make real and positive social change.