As this year's Participatory Budgeting kicks off, Toronto Community Housing residents from across the city are gearing up to have their say about how money should be spent in their communities.
Eight million dollars have been set aside in 2015 for capital projects chosen by residents. These projects can include everything from new playgrounds, community gardens, and renovated common spaces to landscaping.
This year, the budget for Participatory Budgeting was increased by $3 million. The increase is part of Toronto Community Housing's $175 million capital plan, which will deliver record capital repairs to aging homes and buildings.
Photo above: Residents listened to presentation from Toronto Community Housing staff at the 2015 Participatory Budgeting launch meeting on May 19.
The Participatory Budgeting process is starting with community-level brainstorming sessions in May, where residents can learn how the program works and start discussing projects for their communities. Residents will meet with their neighbours over the summer to talk about the priorities for their own community. In September, residents will get together to vote on which projects should get funding this year.
Now in its 13th year at Toronto Community Housing, Participatory Budgeting has become an important forum for residents to have their say and share ideas about how to build vibrant communities.
More information about the program is available on the Participatory Budgeting webpage.