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Mayor's Engaged City Task Force releases final report

January 30 2014

"This isn't just about how City Hall interacts with the public, but how residents can connect with one another and make their neighbourhoods better places to live," said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Engaged City Task Force members

The Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force released its final report today, outlining 19 priority actions that Vancouver City Hall can do to make Vancouver an engaged city, including:

  • Increasing voter turnout
  • Enhancing consultation
  • Better engagement with newcomers and new immigrants across the city

It also includes six recommended ideas for community action that residents can do to contribute to making Vancouver a more engaged city.

About the Engaged City Task Force

Over the past year, the Task Force, comprised of 22 members from a diversity of backgrounds, ages, and neighbourhoods in Vancouver, reviewed City programs and policies, met with citizens, sought out best practices from other cities, and brainstormed on the different ways a city could improve engagement. Task force members Lyndsay Poaps and Dennis Chan note, “Building knowledge, capacity, trust and power is an ongoing process – one that everyone, City Hall and Vancouver residents in every neighbourhood, play a part in. Our recommendations shouldn’t be viewed in isolation, but rather as working together to build momentum towards a stronger culture of participation and engagement in Vancouver.”

"This isn't just about how City Hall interacts with the public, but how residents can connect with one another and make their neighbourhoods better places to live," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Civic engagement matters because as a City, we cannot grapple with tough challenges like affordability, inequality or climate change with an isolated, disengaged population. I look forward to the Task Force presenting their report to City Council in the weeks ahead."

Provide your feedback about the report

The report will be presented to City Council for its consideration with a tentative date of mid-March. If you are interested in providing feedback about the report, you can come speak to City Council when it is presented or send your comments to:

public.engagement@vancouver.ca

Learn more about the Task Force

Mayor's Engaged City Task Force

Mayor's Engaged City Task Force

The Task Force is examining how to increase neighbourhood engagement and improve the ways we connect with residents.

Read the final report