Toronto Community Housing

PB for Sustainable Development

Earlier in June, we were invited to attend the UN Public Service Forum in The Hague, Netherlands to do a presentation in the forum’s track dedicated to sharing innovative practices around building inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. Cities are especially tasked with pioneering sustainability measures because 70% of the world’s population will live in…

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University of Toronto: The importance of citizen led budgeting

PBP’s Josh Lerner delivered the keynote talk at the University of Toronto’s Big Cities, Big Ideas panel on May 5th, discussing the benefits, challenges, and possibilities of participatory budgeting. PB has been practiced in Toronto since 2001 through Toronto Community Housing, and more recently through City and school pilot processes. The panelists discussed how PB…

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PB at Toronto Community Housing

For the past month I was in Toronto researching and working on participatory budgeting at Toronto Community Housing. This year was a transition year, which made for an even more interesting and ambitious process. The article below gives a glimpse into how it worked this year, and it includes a short video. Participatory Budgeting –…

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Toronto Community Housing PB Update

Toronto Community Housing (the city’s public housing authority) recently posted on its website a new overview of its participatory budgeting process. This is probably the clearest description of a PB experience in North America, and of PB in public housing. See: http://www.torontohousing.ca/key_initiatives/community_planning

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