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.