Connected, Engaged, Participatory Community

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Goal

Citizens are involved in decisions that affect them; act as stewards of the environment; and are connected and responsible to each other, the environment, and their government. 
TARGET MEASURE PROGRESS
Increase number of neighbourhoods with active and engaged community associations 
Increase to 35% by 2020 There are 7 community associations registered in good standing under the Societies Act, up from 5 in 2014.
Increase number of City partnerships on special events and joint projects  
5% increase by 2020 City partnerships number 38 in 2017, up from 35 in 2014
Increase percentage of population that regularly volunteers 5% increase in volunteerism by 2020  Information not yet available
Increase number of new, unique, or annual opportunities for public participation 3% increase by 2020  Public engagement events dropped to 47 in 2017 from 60 in 2014
Increase direct engagement with hard-to-reach audiences (% of major consultative processes with at least one direct opportunity) 10% increase by 2020  Not available

 

Rationale

Engaging the community is part of the City’s democratic responsibility; fosters a greater sense of community and pride; and leads to better and more strongly supported civic decisions. A connected, active community strengthens the social safety net and makes people happier.

Jurisdiction

Medium. The City determines its approach to public engagement and involvement in decision processes. The overall community connectedness is less determined by City action.

img_status_4_goodProgress

The City collaborated with Government to examine how it engages with the public in decision-making. The City will use feedback obtained in this process to make changes to how it communicates and interacts with the public. Read the Yukon government report (pdf) for more information.