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What is the Council Initiative on Public Engagement?

Public Engagement, Civil Society, Direct Democracy, Collaborative Governance. When we talk about public engagement what do we mean? If we agree that public engagement is important, what does good public engagement look like? To help answer these questions and to create a process that would improve public engagement in Edmonton, City Council created the Council Initiative on Public Engagement.

Launched in 2014, this initiative is led by Councillors Ben Henderson, Michael Walters and Andrew Knack. More than 1000 people from diverse Edmonton communities have participated in more than 40 workshops drilling into critical discussions about how public engagement with the City of Edmonton can be done better.

Phase 1 Report

Council Initiative on Public Engagement Phase 1 Final Report

Phase 2 Interim Update

This Phase 2 Interim Update report on the Council Initiative's process and achievements (from the beginning of Phase 2 in fall 2015 to fall 2016) contains an outline of next steps.

Council Initiative on Public Enagement Phase 2 Interim Update Report















Phase 2

Working Group Photo

Honoring the input from Phase 1, we used it to map the way forward in Phase 2 and created an Advisory Committee and five Working Groups. These entities are comprised of both City Staff and Community Members and are tasked to move ahead the five strategic areas of focus identified in Phase 1.

These include:

  • Community Leadership
  • Evaluation, Reporting & Recognition
  • Vision, Policy & Framework
  • Learning & Training
  • Tools, Techniques & Practices

Council Initiative January 2017 Progress Update

Council Initative November 2016 Progress Update

Council Initiative September 2016 Progress Update

Council Initiative June 2016 Progress Update



Stay connected with the Council Initiative on Public Engagement

For More Information

Claire Ashton

Title Council Initiative on Public Engagement
Telephone 780-442-5179

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