Participatory Budgeting

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Tell the City how you would spend $250,000 to improve your neighbourhood!

The Participatory Budgeting pilot project continues for one more year. If you live in one of our three pilot communities, please share your ideas in person and online:

  • See our Oakridge, Rustic and Ward 33 pages and social media for upcoming events and updates on past projects
  • Submit your idea onlineuntil September 30, 2017.

Get all the latest news and updates with PB Toronto's email newsletters (subscribe below) and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Toronto's Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project 2015-2017


What does Participatory Budgeting look like?  See some 2016 photos here.

Toronto is hosting a three-year Participatory Budgeting (PB) pilot in three areas of Toronto: Ward 33, and the two neighbourhoods of Oakridge (Ward 35) and Rustic (Ward 12).  The pilot will help City Council decide what PB in Toronto might look like in the future.  

PB invites residents to propose and vote on projects to improve their neighbourhoods. The money for the winning projects has already been set aside by the City. Anyone from the community can propose and discuss ideas, and anyone 14 years or older who lives in Rustic, Oakridge or Ward 33 can vote.

In the past two years, over 1,300 residents have cast votes and selected 23 projects worth $1,165,000 in total.  See the neighbourhood pages for the list of projects that are improving parks and streets so far.  What will happen in 2017 and beyond?



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  • If you live in Ward 33, Oakridge or Rustic: click on the tabs above for info about meetings, ideas and voting
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Get Involved Oakridge!

STEP 1:

Share your ideas onlineuntil September 30th, find us at local events this summer, or drop by one of our open houses:

STEP 2:

Discuss the ideas with your neighbours and City staff and develop the best ideas into proposal for the ballot:

STEP 3:

Vote for your favourite projects and celebrate the winners! Anyone 14 years or older who lives in Oakridge can vote:

Thursday September 14, 4-6pm

West Scarborough Community Centre (313 Pharmacy Avenue)

Saturday September 16,  10am-noon

Oakridge Community Centre (63 Pharmacy Avenue)

AND

West Scarborough Community Centre (313 Pharmacy Avenue)

Tuesday October 17, 6-8pm

Oakridge Community Centre (63 Pharmacy Avenue)

Saturday December 2, 10am-2pm

Oakridge Community Centre (63 Pharmacy Avenue)

Monday December 11, 4-8pm

Oakridge Community Centre (63 Pharmacy Avenue)

AND

West Scarborough Community Centre (313 Pharmacy Avenue)

 

 

What type of ideas are a good fit for Participatory Budgeting?

To be eligible to go on the Participatory Budget ballot and receive funding, ideas must be:

  1. located on City-owned property
  2. a capital project (that means "a thing," not operating funding for staffing or programs)
  3. located in Oakridge (see map below)
  4. reviewed by the City and determined to be:
    • able to be built within 18 months of the vote
    • $250,000 or under
    • technically feasible and/or best funded through the pilot project rather than through another program at the City.

Bring all your ideas!  City staff will review them all, and may contact you for more information if needed.  Eligible ideas will be brought to the October meeting for community review - plan to be there to support your idea and see others!  Ideas that are not eligible will be shared with the local City Councillor and City divisions for them to consider in future planning.

 

2015 and 2016 Oakridge Projects

Residents are creating real change through the Participatory Budgeting Pilot! Once the votes are complete, the City adds the projects to their schedule and begins more detailed costing and planning. Smaller projects can often be completed within 8-10 months.  Larger projects can take up to 18 months, and the City may seek support from an external consultant and/or schedule additional community discussions.  


Here is an update on the projects selected through the vote.
 (Numbers match location on map below):

  1. Oakridge Park lighting improvements (2015) - COMPLETED
  2. Prairie Drive Park improvement package (2015) - TO BE COMPLETED SPRING 2017
  3. Oakridge Park performance stage (2016) - DESIGN TO BEGIN SOON, COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018
  4. Mural on Pharmacy Avenue underpass (2016) - DESIGN PROPOSALS SHARED FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK AND JARUS SELECTED AS ARTIST BASED ON INPUT FROM RESIDENTS AND LOCAL STEERING COMMITTEE. COMPLETION IN SUMMER 2017
  5. Walking/running path in local park (2016) - DESIGN TO BEGIN SOON, COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018
  6. Upgrade accessibility in Prairie Drive Park playground (2016) - DESIGN TO BEGIN SOON, COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018

See more detail on these projects and 2015 and 2016 voting results.

Participatory Budgeting Pilot - Oakridge

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Oakridge

The Oakridge neighbourhood is located in Ward 35 – Scarborough Southwest, The neighbourhood is bordered by Victoria Park Ave and Massey Creek in the west, the Canadian National Railway rail line in the south, Mack Ave & Warden Ave in the east and St Clair Ave E in the north. See here for a  PDF map of the Oakridge neighbourhood within Ward 35.

Oakridge was chosen for the PB pilot because it is one of 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) in the City of Toronto. A full neighbourhood profile of the Oakridge NIA can be found here.

Upcoming Oakridge Participatory Budgeting Events

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Subscribe to the Oakridge Participatory Budgeting News e-newsletter below for more info on PB in Oakridge, and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for all the latest news from the PB Team. 


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Get Involved Rustic!

STEP 1:

Share your ideas onlineuntil September 30th, find us at local events this summer, or drop by one of our information tables:

STEP 2:

Discuss the ideas with your neighbours and City staff and develop the best ideas into proposal for the ballot:

STEP 3:

Vote for your favourite projects and celebrate the winners! Anyone 14 years or older who lives in Rustic can vote:

Saturday September 9, 10am-noon

20 Falstaff Avenue (building lobby)
Tuesday September 19,  4-6pm
30 Falstaff Avenue (building lobby)
Amesbury Middle School (201 Gracefield Avenue)

Monday October 16, 6-8pm

Chaminade College School (490 Queens Drive)

Saturday December 9, 10am-2pm

Amesbury Park Library (1565 Lawrence Avenue West)
30 Falstaff Avenue (building lobby)
Thursday December 14, 4-8pm
Amesbury Park Library (1565 Lawrence Avenue West)
Amesbury Middle School (201 Gracefield Avenue)

 

What type of ideas are a good fit for Participatory Budgeting?

To be eligible to go on the Participatory Budget ballot and receive funding, ideas must be:

  1. located on City-owned property
  2. a capital project (that means "a thing," not ongoing funding for staffing or programs)
  3. located in Rustic (see map below)
  4. reviewed by the City and determined to be:
    • able to be built within 18 months of the vote
    • $250,000 or under
    • technically feasible and/or best funded through the pilot project rather than through another program at the City.

Bring all your ideas!  City staff will review them all, and may contact you for more information if needed.  Eligible ideas will be brought to the October meeting for community review - plan to be there to support your idea and see others!  Ideas that are not eligible will be shared with the local City Councillor and City divisions for them to consider in future planning.

2015 and 2016 Rustic Projects

Residents are creating real change through the Participatory Budgeting Pilot! Once the votes are complete, the City adds the projects to their schedule and begins more detailed costing and planning. Smaller projects can often be completed within 8-10 months.  Larger projects can take up to 18 months, and the City may seek support from an external consultant and/or schedule additional community discussions. 


Here is an update on the projects selected through the vote.
 (Numbers match location on map below):

  1. Rustic Park lighting improvements (2015) - INSTALLATION COMPLETED
  2. Maple Leaf Park shade structure (2015) - CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN JUNE/JULY 2017
  3. New water bottle-filling stations in Falstaff Community Centre, Rustic Park and Maple Leaf Park (2016) - COMPLETION BY FALL 2017
  4. Movie wall in Maple Leaf Park  (2016) - COMMUNITY MEETING HELD MAY 17, DESIGN TO BEGIN, COMPLETION BY FALL 2017
  5. New lighting in Maple Leaf Park (2016) - COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018
  6. Ping pong table in Rustic Park (2016) - COMPLETION BY FALL 2017
  7. Chess tables in Rustic Park (2016) - COMPLETION BY FALL 2017
  8. Gazebo in Rustic Park (2016) - COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018

Read more information and voting results from 2015 and 2016.

Participatory Budgeting Pilot - Rustic

 
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Rustic

The Rustic neighbourhood and is bounded by Jane Street in the west, Highway 401 in the north, Culford Road in the east and Lawrence Avenue West in the south.  The neighbourhood is located in Ward 12 - York-South Weston.  See here for a PDF Map of the Rustic Neighbourhood within Ward 12.

Rustic was chosen for the PB pilot because it is one of 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) in the City of Toronto.  A full neighbourhood profile of the Rustic NIA can be found here.

Upcoming Rustic Participatory Budgeting Pilot Events

 


Get the Latest Rustic Updates

Subscribe to the Rustic Participatory Budgeting News e-newsletter below for more info on PB in Rustic, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all the latest news from the PB Team.

 

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Get Involved Ward 33!

STEP 1:

Share your ideas onlineuntil September 30th, find us at local events this summer, or drop by one of our open houses:

STEP 2:

Discuss the ideas with your neighbours and City staff and develop the best ideas into proposal for the ballot:

STEP 3:

Vote for your favourite projects and celebrate the winners! Anyone 14 years or older who lives in Ward 33 can vote:

Tuesday September 12, 5-7pm

Pleasantview Public Library (575 Van Horne Avenue)
AND
Oriole Community Centre (2975 Don Mills Road)
Saturday September 23,  10am-noon
Parkway Forest Community Centre (55 Forest Manor Road)
AND
Fairview Library (35 Fairview Mall Drive)

Thursday October 12, 6-8pm

Parkway Forest Community Centre (55 Forest Manor Road)

Tuesday December 5, 4-8pm

OR

Saturday December 9, 10am-2pm

AT THREE LOCATIONS:

Parkway Forest Community Centre (55 Forest Manor Road)
Oriole Community Centre (2975 Don Mills Road)
Fairview Library (35 Fairview Mall Drive)
 

 

What type of ideas are a good fit for Participatory Budgeting?

To be eligible to go on the Participatory Budget ballot and receive funding, ideas must be:

  1. located on City-owned property
  2. a capital project (that means "a thing," not ongoing funding for staffing or programs)
  3. located in Ward 33 (see map below)
  4. reviewed by the City and determined to be:
    • able to be built within 18 months of the vote
    • $250,000 or under
    • technically feasible and/or best funded through the pilot project rather than through another program at the City.

Bring all your ideas!  City staff will review them all, and may contact you for more information if needed.  Eligible ideas will be brought to the October meeting for community review - plan to be there to support your idea and see others!  Ideas that are not eligible will be shared with the local City Councillor and City divisions for them to consider in future planning.

2015 and 2016 Ward 33 Projects

Residents are creating real change through the Participatory Budgeting Pilot! Once the votes are complete, the City adds the projects to their schedule and begins more detailed costing and planning. Smaller projects can often be completed within 8-10 months.  Larger projects can take up to 18 months, and the City may seek support from an external consultant and/or schedule additional community discussions. 

Here is an update on the projects selected through the vote. (Numbers match location on map below):

  1. Brian Village Gateway (2015) - INSTALLATION COMPLETED
  2. Don Valley Fitness Park (2015) - COMPLETED 2016.
  3. Bicycle lockers near Don Mills Station - COMPLETION BY SPRING 2017
  4. Ward 33 Butterfly Garden (2016) - COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018
  5. Fitness Track in Linus Park (2016) - COMPLETION BY SPRING 2018
  6. Improve pedestrian safety and accessibility around Bellbury and Lescon Parks (2016) - COMPLETION BY FALL 2017
  7. New water bottle-filling stations (2016) - COMPLETION BY FALL 2017
  8. Ping pong table in Bellbury Park (2016) - COMPLETION BY FALL 2017
  9. New benches in Parkway Forest Park (2016) - COMPLETION BY FALL 2017

More information and detailed Ward 33 voting results from 2015 and 2016

Participatory Budgeting Pilot - Ward 33

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Ward 33 - Don Valley East

Ward 33 - Don Valley East is located in north Toronto, in the North York Community Council District. Its borders are Finch Ave, Gordon Baker Rd in the north, Victoria Park Ave in the east, Highway 401 in the south and the Don River in the west.  See here for a PDF map of Ward 33.

Ward 33 has been selected as one of the pilot areas because the City Councillor has been a champion of Participatory Budgeting over the last several years, implemented a PB process in her ward in 2014 and has experience participating in PB processes in other jurisdictions. 

Upcoming Ward 33 Participatory Budgeting Pilot Events

Get the Latest Ward 33 Updates

Subscribe to the Ward 33 Participatory Budgeting News e-newsletter below for more info on PB in Ward 33, and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for all the latest news from the PB Team. 


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The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the City of Toronto Act, 2006. The information is used to allow the City to send you an e-mail to confirm your wish to subscribe to a City of Toronto e-notice. Questions about this collection may be directed to the ListServ Administrator, Strategic Communications Division, City of Toronto, Toronto City Hall, 7th floor, West Tower, Toronto M5H 2N2. Telephone: 416-397-5318.

By subscribing to one of the City of Toronto's e-updates you are providing express consent, as defined by the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), to receive email updates from the City of Toronto.