Participatory Budgeting Toronto
Toronto’s Participatory Budgeting Pilot 2015-2017
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a specific type of engagement process where city residents propose and vote on community investment projects, funded through a pre-determined portion of the municipal budget.
The PB pilot invited residents to propose and vote on capital projects to improve their neighbourhoods. Anyone from the community could propose and discuss ideas, and anyone 14 years or older who lived in Rustic, Oakridge or the former Ward 33 could vote for up to three projects on the ballot. City Council pre-approved up to $150,000 for each pilot area in 2015, and $250,000 each year for each area in 2016 and 2017.
Final Voting Results and Projects List – Over this three-year pilot project, almost 1,700 residents cast votes and selected 37 projects worth $1,870,000 in total.
Final Evaluation Report (January 2019) – City Manager’s report summarizes the results of the PB Pilot and makes recommendations to support participatory budgeting as a method of civic engagement.
Participant Feedback and Project Ideas – Data from participant surveys and a list of community improvement ideas suggested by residents during the PB pilot are available in our Open Data Catalogue.
- February 2015 report proposing a Participatory Budgeting Pilot
- December 2015 report and Environics evaluation report evaluating the first year of the Pilot and recommending a two-year extension and budget increase.
- December 2016 report on 2016 voting results and capital budget allocations for 2017
- December 2017 report on 2017 voting results and capital budget allocations for 2018
- November 2018 Evaluation report