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Public Engagement

Bringing different perspectives together makes for a stronger democracy, a stronger community, and a stronger Winnipeg.

June 6, 2019 - Thank you to those who participated online and in person to refine the draft Engage Winnipeg Policy. Visit the Building Engagement tab to learn more about next steps.

Current and Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Public Engagement 101

Public engagement is gathering public input and considering that input to make better decisions. The City of Winnipeg Project Management Manual defines Public Engagement as a process, involving communication and interaction between the City of Winnipeg and its residents that serves to inform and involve the public, and uses public input to make better decisions. The purpose of engaging the public is to achieve decisions that are sensitive and responsive to community values and concerns.

Why do we engage the public?

Key
  • Government and residents sharing information
  • Recognizing value of different types of knowledge
Unlocks
  • Better decision making
  • Strengthened relationships
  • Trust building

What's your role?

Public
  • Provide your lived experience
  • Contribute knowledge of your community
City Staff
  • Determine level of engagement
  • Manage and plan projects
  • Report back on what was heard and how input was considered
Elected Officials
  • Consider the public's views when making decisions
  • Strengthened relationships
Everyone
  • Participate in respectful dialogue

When does the City engage?

When does the City engage? Start here: Question 1: Would public input define or influence outcomes? Answer: Yes – go to question 2 Answer: No – this project will ‘inform’ the public rather than collect feedback. This could include a website, open house, information session or fact sheet. All projects inform to ensure participants have the informed required to participate meaningfully. Question 2: How much influence will the public have? Answer: Low to medium. This project will ‘consult’ or ‘involve’ the public. Engagement will require shorter period of time, fewer resources consistent with project scope and scale, one or two phases, some reliance on stakeholders. Surveys and online engagement are included with most projects. Consult or involve usually uses workshops, focus groups, surveys, or comment forms. Answer: High – this project will ‘collaborate’ with the public. Engagement will require a longer period of time, more resources consistent with project scope and scape, multiple phases, heavy reliance on stakeholders.
Inform

All projects inform to ensure participants have the information required to participate meaningfully.

  • Website
  • Open house
  • Information session
  • Fact sheet

Consult or Involve

Surveys and online engagement are included in most projects.

  • Workshop
  • Focus group
  • Survey
  • Comment form
Collaborate
  • Advisory committee
  • Consensus building

Building Engagement

Thank you to those who provided feedback online and in-person to move forward with building engagement. The draft Engage Winnipeg Policy is one of the outcomes of your candid feedback on how we can improve and now we have even more feedback to refine the policy.

The next step is to recommend a policy for Council approval and then develop a plan for an engagement framework. We will be meeting with groups and communities throughout the development of the framework to learn how public engagement can better meet their needs. Would you like to be one of those groups? Contact to let us know.

What are your experiences and ideas for building engagement in Winnipeg? Continue to be part of the ongoing online discussion to propose solutions.

For inquiries, please contact or 204-986-4243.

How did we get here?

Timeline

Timeline

How did we get here? In January 2015, the office of public engagement (OPE) was established; February 2016: Communications Function Review; January 2017: OPE fully staffed with 1 manager and 3 officers; 2018: Draft Engage Winnipeg Policy through Councillor meetings, a jurisdictional scan, and an IAP2 AGM; Early 2019: Consult on draft policy with Councillors, Public Service, Public, and public engagement professionals; 2019: Council review of draft policy; 2019-2020: Begin framework develop if the policy is approved by Council.

What’s next?

What's next
After we gather your feedback, we will recommend a policy for Council approval and develop a plan for an engagement framework. Following framework development, we will launch and promote the framework, followed by training and implementation. Templates will be developed throughout to respond to needs and requests. Ongoing efforts include trust building, earlier involvement in projects, and improving consistency and transparency.

What are the outcomes?

Building Public Engagement in Winnipeg

3. Toolkit
  • Branded templates, checklists, and guidance documents to create consistent look and feel
  • Training for those involved to implement the Framework and Foundation
  • Builds capacity for the Public Service, Public, and contractors
2. Framework
  • Provides the steps and processes for pulic engagement
  • Defines the steps to achieving the principles and vision set out in the foundation
1. Policy
  • Foundation that supports all engagement activities
  • Provides consistency and transparency regarding vision, principles, and approach
  • Council approved direction

Projects


Get Involved

Winnipeggers seeking to be more engaged with their local government have more tools than ever at their disposal to access information and get involved, including:

Newsletter

Sign up for the public engagement newsletter to receive updates on City of Winnipeg Projects with online engagement or engagement events.

View past issues of the Public Engagement Newsletter:

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Last update: June 12, 2019