How Participatory Budgeting has worked
For 15 years, the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process has given Toronto Community Housing residents the opportunity to decide how to spend capital funds to improve their communities.
The PB process has included:
Planning: Joint monitoring committees, which include Tenant Representatives and resident leaders, review the PB process with staff to make sure that it is transparent and allows for strong communication between residents and staff.
Tenant Representatives and resident leaders work together to identify possible projects in their community. All residents are encouraged to attend these workshops.
Residents choose the projects that will go forward to an allocation meeting. Residents also choose one voting delegate and one alternate delegate to represent their community at the allocation meeting.
Delegates from all communities attend allocation meetings to vote for the projects that should receive funding. All residents are welcome to attend an allocation meeting. However, only delegates are allowed to vote.
Working together to improve PB
Toronto Community Housing has suspended PB so that tenants and staff can work together to improve the process.
In October 2016, consultation sessions were held across the city about the PB process.
The materials from those consultations sessions are available on our website.
The results of these consultation sessions are going to be considered by the Board of Directors in November and December, 2016.