Participatory Budgeting in the City of Vancouver's West End
The West End pilot is the first PB project of its kind in Vancouver and community vote opens January 25 until February 4, 2020.
The process enables West End community members to propose and vote on projects for their area. Successful projects will be funded by revenue collected through West End permit parking fees. The total budget for this pilot project is $100,000. The pilot is being supported by the Participatory Budgeting Project, a nonprofit agency based in New York City. This organization grew out of a 2005 social forum in Porte Alegre, Brazil, and since then has helped participatory budgeting processes across Canada and the US.
PB is a process designed by and for community members. A communityled leadership council was formed in September 2018 following a call by the City of Vancouver for volunteers and intensive outreach to community-based organizations. The self-named "WE Choo$e Impact Team" aims to be representative of the City of Vancouver's West End residents and has designed the PB West End pilot which they are calling "WE Choo$e", including goals, project and participant eligibility criteria, voting plans, and community outreach strategies.