B.C.’s Engagement Story
Starting in 2012, the B.C. government has put a concerted emphasis on involving British Columbians in the programs, policies and services that directly affect their lives. As a result the Citizen Engagement Team was formalized within Government Communications and Public Engagement to help ministries create engagement opportunities to meet our commitment to transparent, inclusive and responsive governance.
The purpose of the Citizen Engagement Handbook document is to provide guidance to ministries, Government Communication and Public Engagement staff, and B.C. public servants that are interested in planning a citizen engagement initiative.
As a part of every engagement, subject matter experts read every comment submitted and pick out themes, suggestions and ideas. One of the things that we often hear across public engagements are personal stories about the struggles that face children, family members, neighbours and communities, for example:
“I discuss my experiences and struggles to share what I know and ultimately inspire change for the future.”
(Persons with Disabilities Engagement, 2014)
“Recently an employee of mine was struck by a distracted driver while returning home from work.
She was killed at age 21. The other driver was 27.”
– Chris, Thompson-Okanagan (Distracted Driving Engagement, 2015)
“I fully support the Enhanced CPP. I am a small business owner and also receive CPP. There are no valid reasons for not supporting the enhancements as the impact on business and workers is minimal but the increased CPP will be a huge benefit for those workers when they retire.”
– John (Canada Pension Plan Engagement, 2016)
This site offers a platform where you can read about the results of the Province’s public engagements, find out what sort of changes are coming soon, or browse through open projects and explore opportunities to contribute your feedback to the issues that matter most to you.
Engagement is crucial to government’s decision-making process, you can visit the site regularly, and follow @govTogetherBC on Twitter for updates on engagements, results and ways to engage with your community.