The City is committed to building a culture of community engagement, to provide residents with a greater sense of agency, purpose, connectedness and responsibility.
Identified as one of our five Corporate Priorities, Community Engagement is essential for building healthy, well-functioning communities.
Pickering's Community Engagement Strategy was developed with elected officials, staff, and key stakeholders. It defines our vision for a more engaged community, and identifies key organizational areas of focus and recommended priorities to enhance our engagement efforts.
View Together and Towards: A report to support the development of an engagement strategy for Pickering (prepared by MASS LBP).
How do we engage?
The model with which all community engagement levels are identified will be based on the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum of:
The City has a Community Engagement core team that is available to consult and provide advice to departments on their engagement activities. Please contact us for more information, or to provide feedback on the report.
Where are we now?
A team of municipal staff representing all departments and the Pickering Public Library have been working together to implement the 20 strategies identified in the Community Engagement Plan. A total of 14 priorities have been initiated to date which most recently included:
- Create a new learning and engagement unit to advise Council & Departments.
- Propose a motion for Council consideration concerning the City's commitment to engagement and adopt a strategy on public engagement and learning.
- Involve engagement specialists in the design of public consultation to support major City planning exercises.
- Work with residents to periodically review and redesign City services and programs.
- Develop a long-term strategy for providing information to residents, compensating for diminished local media.
Looking forward, the Community Engagement staff team has identified an additional five priorities of the City of Pickering Community Engagement Strategy that municipal staff aim to complete in 2015-2016 which are:
- Set clear benchmarks and measures for increasing public engagement and report annually.
- Adopt new, more deliberative techniques for involving residents in decision-making.
- Create a co-production task force to review opportunities to devolve, enhance or share City services with residents and local groups.
- Engage citizens to enhance current design principles for proposed developments.
- Develop and offer an annual Civics 101 class to Pickering residents.