Participatory Budgeting in Guelph

Participatory Budgeting in
Janette Loveys
Manager of Community Development
City of Guelph
City of Guelph’s &
Community Development
Background Information
Municipal Staff’s role
Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition
Participatory Budget Process
Lessons Learned
Background Information
comes from grass roots
neighbourhood groups.
Neighbourhoods becomes part of the
a more cost effective service
delivery model.
Municipal Staff’s Role
Non-traditional role of municipal staff.
 Less control of decisions and outcomes.
 Municipal staff become facilitators and enablers.
 Assisting in creating an environment for change
and collaboration.
The Guelph Neighbourhood Support
Coalition is made up of community members who
represent their neighbourhood group, agency partners and
sponsoring agencies who have a vested interest in building
Sponsoring Agencies; Family and Children Services of
Guelph Wellington, Guelph Community Health Centre, and
the City of Guelph.
Participatory Budgeting
process was introduced three
years ago by City staff.
the existing framework of the Coalition
appointed rep’s and sponsoring
agency rep’s only – otherwise the meeting is
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
Removing barriers is very important.
Democracy, Equity, Community
Involvement, Transparency and
 Local groups represents over 1100
residents on average.
 460 different programs offered in
previous fiscal year.
 Process is getting better with time.
Lessons Learned
Municipal staff’s in a facilitator’s role
Community access to decision makers
The creation of policies and procedures
Neighbourhood leaders speak first
The use of language
“This is the hardest thing to do; there are
a lot of emotions here at the table”
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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