Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting

​​How Participatory Budgeting has worked

For over 15 years, the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process has given Toronto Community Housing tenants the opportunity to decide how to spend funds to improve their buildings, developments, and communities.

In 2017, Toronto Community Housing put PB on hold so we could work with tenants and improve the PB model. During this review phase, this is what we heard from tenants:

  • Have a separate tenant engagement process for non-capital and capital items
  • We need a process that is clear and less complicated for tenants and staff
  • Tenants want more of a say about selecting projects and less staff control throughout the process

The participatory budgeting logo The 2019 PB process

Phase one: Identify local needs 
  • Tenants will be educated on the process and encouraged to participate
  • Staff will support tenants to develop their ideas and provide key information about items 
  • Local needs will be identified at building meetings

Phase two: Decide on projects
  • Communities will decide which non-capital items to present on allocation day, and select a delegate and an alternate 
  • On allocation day, delegates will vote on projects
  • PB Monitoring Committees are formed
Phase three: Implement Decisions
  • Staff will purchase selected items
  • Monitoring committees will meet monthly until all projects are signed off and complete
  • PB monitoring committees will meet at the end of the year to assess the program

Download the PB Brochure (PDF) to learn more about the Participatory Budgeting program.  

Allocation day

Allocation day meetings will be held in September 2018. Each OU will schedule and hold its own allocation day.  To learn more about when allocation day is for your OU, speak with your local engagement Community Services Coordinator. 

Questions about PB

If you have questions about PB, contact: