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Civic Engagement and Governance

An earlier blog entry noted how we have created five broad and interconnected categories: How We Grow, Getting Around in the City, Health and Safety, Quality of Life, and Civic Engagement and Governance, and right now we want to focus in on Civic Engagement and Governance.

In October 2014, 50.2 per cent of registered voters participated in Winnipeg’s municipal election. This turnout was higher than the previous two elections (47.1 per cent in 2010 and 38.2 per cent in 2006). It is worthwhile, however, to explore why only half of registered voters were able (or willing) to cast a vote that day, and to question why municipal voter turnout is typically lower than provincial (58.8 per cent in 2016) or federal (69.4 per cent) turnouts.

The City has big decisions to make about where its limited resources should be directed, and these decisions impact people all over Winnipeg. So although the final decision is important, how we get to that final decision (the process) is also important.

So how can this review help the City of Winnipeg make (or improve) policies to help people participate in decision-making, and to help Winnipeggers? We want your feedback. This two-page summary  will give you some background information. After you read it, please fill out this questionnaire to let us know what your vision is for civic engagement and governance in Winnipeg.

Want to find out more?

  • If you are interested in knowing more about how to give your opinion on issues discussed by decision makers, feel free to read about the public hearing process and how to appear as a delegation.
  • Check out this page to read more about the other topics we will discuss during the review, as well as the overarching sustainability ‘lenses’ related to environmental sustainability, social equity, and economic prosperity that will be applied in this review.
  • Visit this page for more ways to get involved.
  • Check out our refreshed City Planning and Design webpage at
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