Over the entire three-year pilot, residents voted for 37 projects worth a total of $1,870,000.

  • Oakridge: 11 projects worth $625,000
  • Rustic: 12 projects worth $630,000
  • Ward 33: 14 projects $615,000

Residents shared ideas at local meetings, online and at community events, and ideas were then reviewed by City staff for eligibility.

To be eligible for consideration for the Participatory Budget ballot, ideas had to be:

  1. located on City-owned property
  2. a capital project (that means “a thing,” not operating funding for staffing or programs)
  3. located in one of the pilot areas
  4. reviewed by the City and determined to be:
    • able to be built within 18 months of the vote
    • $250,000 or under
    • technically feasible and/or best funded through the pilot project rather than through another program at the City.

After City staff identified which ideas were eligible for possible funding, residents in each pilot area selected up to 10 ideas for their PB ballot.

Any pilot-area resident over the age of 14 could vote for up to three projects on the ballot, even if they were not a Canadian citizen or registered for City, provincial or federal elections.

To vote for a project, participants filled in a circle on the ballot next to the title of the project(s) they liked. They did not rank their votes – in other words they did not put a 1, 2 or 3 beside their choices to indicate which project they liked more than another.

City staff counted the number of votes cast for each project. The project with the most votes was declared the winner, and the cost of that project was deducted from the available funds. The next most popular project that could be funded with any remaining dollars was then selected, and if there were any funds left, the next most popular project that could be fully funded with the remaining funds was selected.

No ideas were lost!  The projects on the ballot that are not chosen, and all of the ideas suggested at meetings and online, are shared with the local City Councillor and appropriate City division (such as Parks Forestry and Recreation or Transportation Services) so they can consider them for future funding.


Pilot Project Voting Results & Project Status Information by Neighbourhood

Oakridge Voting Results & Project Status

2015

Total Oakridge Ballots: 72

Total Oakridge Votes: 186 (residents could choose up to 3 projects on their ballot)

Available funds: $150,000

Oakridge Park Lighting Improvements (50 votes)

Six more light posts will be installed in the North part of the park to help people feel safer when enjoying the park in the evening.

$90,000
Prairie Drive Park Improvement Package (20 votes)

To improve Prairie Drive Park and make it more welcoming, the existing broken drinking fountain will be replaced by a water bottle filling station, three new light posts will be added so that the park can be enjoyed in the evening, as well as fitness benches to encourage people to get more active.

$60,000
Total Cost $150,000
The following projects were not selected in 2015, based on number of votes and/or available funds:

  • Benches along Danforth Avenue – $90,000 (20 votes)
  • Pharmacy Bridge Beautification – $70,000 (20 votes)
  • New shaded area in Prairie Drive Park – $78,000 (19 votes)
  • Shaded community gathering place in Oakridge Park – $70,000 (46 votes)
  • Gateway to Teesdale beautification – $100,000 (11 votes)

 

2016

Total Oakridge ballots: 75

Total Oakridge votes: 206

Available funds: $250,000

Performance stage in Oakridge Park (36 votes)

A covered performance space for community events and art programs. Space is limited in Oakridge Park so its location would be based on considerations such as available lighting and distance from homes due to noise.

$75,000
Mural on Pharmacy Ave underpass  (36 votes)

A painted mural would beautify space and images can reflect cultures and history of local area to create pride, neighbourhood connections and  inspiration.  The exact location and images on mural would be determined through a community consultation coordinated by Street Art Toronto

$90,000
Walking/running path in local park (30 votes)

Rubberized path in a park would encourage outdoor physical activity. The location and details would be determined in consultation with the community.

$75,000
Upgrade Prairie Drive Park playground (19 votes)

Replace one of the existing swings with an accessible swing for children with limited mobility

$10,000
Total cost: $250,000
The following projects were not selected in 2016, based on number of votes and/or available funds:

  • New lighting in Madelaine Park – $50,000 (25 votes)
  • Safer sidewalks on Pharmacy Avenue – $50,000 (25 votes)
  • Upgrade Oakridge Park splashpad – $250,000 (24 votes)
  • New sign at Oakridge Community Recreation Centre – $70,000 (11 votes)

 

2017

Total ballots: 45
Total votes: 136

 

Update lighting in Madelaine Park (31 votes)

Update existing poles and lights with brighter, more energy-efficient LED lights.

$45,000
New junior playground structure at Madelaine Park (29 votes)

New structure and rubberized ground surface to replace north side play equipment.

$100,000
Water bottle-filling station at Oakridge Park (28 votes)

New station installed near playground.

$20,000
Improve pathway at Madelaine Park (24 votes)

Replace and widen existing pathway to improve access and safety.

$50,000
Water bottle-filling station at Prairie Drive Park (15 votes)

New station mounted to wall near playground.

 

$10,000
Total cost: $225,000
The following project was not selected in 2017, based on number of votes and/or available funds:

  • Water bottle-filling station at Madelaine Park – $30,000 (9 votes)

 

Rustic Voting Results & Project Status

2015

Total Rustic Ballots: 74

Total Rustic Votes: 155 (Residents could select three projects from their ballot)

Available funds: $150,000

Rustic Park Lighting Improvements (59 votes)

Four new light posts and electrical hookup for potential future lighting will be installed in the  park to help people feel safer when enjoying the park in the evening.

$75,000
Shade structure for Maple Leaf Park (44 votes)

A new shade structure with benches near the playground will give people a place to sit and enjoy the park on a hot day.

$75,000
Total Cost $150,000
The following projects were not selected, based on number of votes and/or available funds:

  • Add shade for bocce court in Maple Leaf Park – $150,000 (11 votes)
  • New lights and park benches – $75,000 (41 votes)

 

2016

Total Rustic ballots: 52

Total Rustic votes: 150

Available Funds: $250,000

New water bottle-filling stations in Falstaff Community Centre and Rustic and Maple Leaf Parks (29 votes)

Replace existing water fountains with water bottle-filling stations.

$20,000
Movie wall in Maple Leaf Park (28 votes)

To support public events and movie showings in the park for local residents of all ages.

$35,000
New lighting in Maple Leaf Park (19 votes)

Add 4-5 light posts to increase safety.

$75,000
Ping pong table in Rustic Park  (17 votes)

Outdoor concrete ping pong table to east/northeast of playground to promote fun and physical activity.

$10,000
Gazebo in Rustic Park  (16 votes)

Shaded gathering place with tables and seating to east/northeast of playground.

$75,000
Chess tables in Rustic Park   (13 votes)

Two outdoor chess tables and seating to east/northeast of playground.

$20,000 
Total cost: $235,000
The following projects were not selected, based on number of votes and/or available funds:

  • Gathering place in Maple Leaf Park – $200,000 (21 votes)
  • Mural in Rustic – $90,000 (7 votes)

 

2017

Total ballots: 53

Total votes: 149

Available Funds: $250,000

Exercise park in Maple Leaf Park (41 votes)

Outdoor fitness park for all ages.

$75,000
Lights around Maple Leaf Park reservoir (34 votes)

Three or four new light posts around reservoir. Locations to be determined.

$50,000
Walking path around Maple Leaf Park reservoir (24 votes)

Gravel walking path around reservoir.

$100,000
Chess tables in Maple Leaf Park (10 votes)

Two concrete chess tables and seating.

$20,000
Total cost: $245,000
The following projects were not selected, based on number of votes and/or available funds:

  • Update baseball field in Maple Leaf Park – $95,000 (20 votes)
  • Trees around the community – $10,000 (9 votes)
  • Chess tables in Ricardo Parkette – $20,000 (8 votes)
  • Benches in Ricardo Parkette – $10,000 (3 votes)

Ward 33 Voting Results & Project Status


2015

Total Ward 33 ballots: 384

Total Ward 33 votes: 837

Funds Available: $150,000

Brian Village Gateway (200 votes)

New gateway on the northwest side of Brian Village Drive at Sheppard Avenue East will include seating, and new curved planters for landscaping.

$50,000
Don Valley Fitness Park  (200 votes)

Outdoor fitness equipment will be added in Bellbury Park.

$70,000
Bicycle Lockers around Don Mills Station  (148 votes)

Lockers will be added near Don Mill Subway station to create a secure place to lock bikes and make it easier for people to include physical activity in their travel.

$15,000
TOTAL COST $135,000
The following projects were not selected, based on number of votes and/or available funds:

  • Park lights for natural ice rinks – $50,000 (148 votes)
  • Shawnee Park Reboot – $115,000 (105 votes)

 

2016

Total Ward 33 ballots: 653

Total Ward 33 votes: 1,959 (residents could select three projects on their ballot)

Funds Available: $250,000

Ward 33 Butterfly Garden  (349 votes)

Naturalized butterfly garden on northeast corner of Buchan Court and Sheppard Avenue East.

$75,000
Fitness track in Linus Park  (226 votes)

Rubberized or gravel track for running and jogging.

$100,000
Improve pedestrian safety and accessibility around Bellbury and Lescon Parks  (161 votes)

Add curb cuts and signage where paths meet streets.

$20,000
New water bottle-filling stations  (159 votes)

Replace 2-3 existing water fountains in parks with water bottle-filling stations. Locations to be determined.

$20,000
Ping pong table in Bellbury Park  (122 votes)

Outdoor concrete ping pong table to encourage fun and physical activity.

$10,000
New benches in Parkway Forest Park  (88 votes)

Add 4-5 new benches for seating.

$20,000 
TOTAL COST $245,000
The following projects were not selected, based on number of votes and/or available funds:

  • Wider sidewalks on Don Mills Road – $60,000 (137 votes)
  • New playground in Havenbrook Park – $250,000 (130 votes)
  • Muirhead Park beautification – $15,000 (80 votes)
  • Shawnee Park revitalization – $100,000 (66 votes)


2017

Total ballots: 277

Total votes: 722

Funds Available: $250,000

Exercise park in Parkway Forest Park (203 votes)

Outdoor fitness park for all ages.

$75,000
Seniors exercise park in Godstone Park (171 votes)

Outdoor fitness park for all ages, with focus on equipment to help seniors stay active.

$50,000
Pleasantview Park improvements (103 votes)

Three new benches for seating, and re-painting of playground.

$20,000
Shawnee Park recreation improvements (92 votes)

A small sports pad for ball hockey/hopscotch/rollerblading, a “bench fit circuit” with 7-8 fitness benches, and add pickleball to one or more tennis courts.

$75,000
Shawnee Park accessibility improvements (83 votes)

Curb cuts and path connection at Shawnee Circle at Micmac Crescent, near playground.

$15,000
TOTAL COST $235,000
The following project was not selected, based on number of votes and/or available funds:

  • Mural for Don River Trail – $25,000 (80 votes)

Toronto’s Participatory Budgeting in Action

The City collected ideas in different ways, including online. Local meetings brought neighbours together to hear and discuss ideas with each other and City staff.
The City collected ideas in different ways, including online. Local meetings brought neighbours together to hear and discuss ideas with each other and City staff.
City staff reviewed all ideas for eligibility, then invited residents back to “shortlist meetings” to discuss and choose which ideas made their local ballot for voting.
City staff reviewed all ideas for eligibility, then invited residents back to “shortlist meetings” to discuss and choose which ideas made their local ballot for voting.
Residents were invited to champion their favourite ideas to appear on the local ballot for voting.
Residents were invited to champion their favourite ideas to appear on the local ballot for voting.
Voting locations in community centres, libraries and other busy places attracted participation.
Voting locations in community centres, libraries and other busy places attracted participation.
Site meetings helped residents and City plan out exactly how the winning projects could be designed.
Site meetings helped residents and City plan out exactly how the winning projects could be designed.
Local impact! Residents gather to celebrate the opening of a winning PB project – a new outdoor fitness park.
Local impact! Residents gather to celebrate the opening of a winning PB project – a new outdoor fitness park.