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1 Participatory Budgeting in Guelph Janette Loveys Manager of Community Development City of Guelph

2 City of Guelph’s & Community Development Background Information Background Information Municipal Staff’s role Municipal Staff’s role Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition Participatory Budget Process Participatory Budget Process Outcomes Outcomes Lessons Learned Lessons Learned

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4 Background Information Momentum comes from grass roots Momentum comes from grass roots neighbourhood groups. neighbourhood groups. Neighbourhoods becomes part of the solution. Neighbourhoods becomes part of the solution. Becomes a more cost effective service Becomes a more cost effective service delivery model. delivery model.

5 Municipal Staff’s Role Non-traditional role of municipal staff. Non-traditional role of municipal staff. Less control of decisions and outcomes. Less control of decisions and outcomes. Municipal staff become facilitators and enablers. Municipal staff become facilitators and enablers. Assisting in creating an environment for change Assisting in creating an environment for change and collaboration. and collaboration.

6 The Coalition is made up of community members who represent their neighbourhood group, agency partners and sponsoring agencies who have a vested interest in building communities. The Coalition is made up of community members who represent their neighbourhood group, agency partners and sponsoring agencies who have a vested interest in building communities. Sponsoring Agencies; Family and Children Services of Guelph Wellington, Guelph Community Health Centre, and the City of Guelph. The Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition

7 Participatory Budgeting Participatory process was introduced three years ago by City staff. Participatory process was introduced three years ago by City staff. Utilizing the existing framework of the Coalition Utilizing the existing framework of the Coalition Neighbourhood appointed rep’s and sponsoring agency rep’s only – otherwise the meeting is closed. Neighbourhood appointed rep’s and sponsoring agency rep’s only – otherwise the meeting is closed.

8 Funds come from various sources including; municipal, regional and provincial governments. Funds come from various sources including; municipal, regional and provincial governments. NSC core budget funding has 3 stages; local groups determine priorities; rep’s bring requests to Coalition; NSC Board approves recommendation. NSC core budget funding has 3 stages; local groups determine priorities; rep’s bring requests to Coalition; NSC Board approves recommendation. Removing barriers is very important. Removing barriers is very important.

9 Outcomes Democracy, Equity, Community Involvement, Transparency and Efficiency. Democracy, Equity, Community Involvement, Transparency and Efficiency. Local groups represents over 1100 residents on average. Local groups represents over 1100 residents on average. 460 different programs offered in previous fiscal year. 460 different programs offered in previous fiscal year. Process is getting better with time. Process is getting better with time.

10 Lessons Learned Municipal staff’s in a facilitator’s role Municipal staff’s in a facilitator’s role Community access to decision makers Community access to decision makers The creation of policies and procedures The creation of policies and procedures Neighbourhood leaders speak first Neighbourhood leaders speak first The use of language The use of language

11 “This is the hardest thing to do; there are a lot of emotions here at the table” Waverley Neighbourhood Rep. Waverley Neighbourhood Rep. “Each group is individual but yet when we come to this table, we need to advocate and make decisions based on the good of the whole” Two Rivers Rep.


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