Community Engagement Charter

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In April 2013, Burlington City Council approved the first Burlington Community Engagement Charter. The Charter was created by residents with support from staff. It is an agreement between and among Burlington City Council and the community concerning resident engagement with City government and establishes the commitments, responsibilities and fundamental concepts of this relationship.

In 2023, the City of Burlington’s Community Engagement Charter is turning 10 years old. In order to ensure the City keeps up with the changing needs and wants of the growing Burlington community, we are looking for feedback on how the Community Engagement Charter can be refreshed to reflect how the City of Burlington is evolving.

In April 2013, Burlington City Council approved the first Burlington Community Engagement Charter. The Charter was created by residents with support from staff. It is an agreement between and among Burlington City Council and the community concerning resident engagement with City government and establishes the commitments, responsibilities and fundamental concepts of this relationship.

In 2023, the City of Burlington’s Community Engagement Charter is turning 10 years old. In order to ensure the City keeps up with the changing needs and wants of the growing Burlington community, we are looking for feedback on how the Community Engagement Charter can be refreshed to reflect how the City of Burlington is evolving.

  • City of Burlington’s updated draft Burlington Community Engagement Charter ready for review

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    The City of Burlington’s updated draft Community Engagement Charter is now ready for review before being finalized. Comments and feedback will be accepted until Sept 15, 2024.

    The City has used public feedback on the original Charter to create this draft.

    To date we have engaged with a variety of groups and individuals such as residents, City staff, Members of Council, community groups, local businesses, Council appointed Committees, faith-based groups, youth, newcomers and past members of the Charter Action Team. Staff also sought input at the Food for Feedback event and the Appleby Line Street Festival in fall 2023.

    Please review some of the proposed changes or updates based on what we heard before reviewing the draft document.

    Public Engagement Opportunities

    There will be three in-person public sessions and one online session.

    Session 1: Tuesday, June 4, Burlington Seniors’ Centre, 2285 New St. 7 to 9 p.m. register

    Session 2: Tuesday, June 11, Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. register

    Session 3: Wednesday, June 12. Online. 7 to 9 p.m. register

    Session 4: Wednesday, June 19, Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way, 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcomed; however, this session is in partnership with the Halton Multicultural Council (HMC). HMC will provide translation services for anyone who requests the service. Anyone registering for this session will be asked which language they would prefer. register

    Check out the quick poll and tell us what word (Resident, Citizen or Community Member) should be used in the Engagement Charter and Framework.

    During the engagement, we heard a lot of great ideas on how to make engagement better in Burlington. Take a quick survey and tell us your top 5 ideas you think the City should consider.


  • Engagement Charter Update

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    Work on updating the Burlington Community Engagement Charter has been underway since mid-September. Workshops are now complete but there is still time to complete the online workbook and survey.

    Since mid-September, staff have been working with residents through an online workbook and survey as well as five in-person workshops and one online workshops. Staff have also been seeking input from City advisory committees and other community partners, such as the Halton Multicultural Council.

    Thank you to everyone who has attended a session or completed the online workbook and survey.

    Please share this message to those around you. We need more input into the Community Engagement Charter.

    Why?

    We believe in the power of community and the invaluable role that each individual plays in shaping the world around us. That's why we are reaching out to emphasize the significance of public input and your unique voice in decision-making processes.

    Public input is the cornerstone of a thriving and inclusive society. It serves as a catalyst for positive change by bringing diverse perspectives to the table. Your insights, experiences, and opinions contribute to a richer, more comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand.

    Here are a few key reasons why your input is so crucial:

    1. Diverse Perspectives: Every individual brings a unique background, set of experiences, and viewpoints to the table. When we gather public input, we create a mosaic of perspectives that better reflects the needs and aspirations of our community.
    2. Informed Decision-Making: Public input ensures that decisions are well-informed and reflective of the community's values. By actively participating in the decision-making process, you help shape policies, projects, and initiatives that align with the collective vision.
    3. Accountability and Transparency: Public input fosters transparency and accountability in governance. When decisions are made with input from the public, it builds trust between communities and decision-makers. Transparency reinforces the idea that decisions are made for the benefit of the public as a whole.
    4. Empowerment: Your voice is a powerful tool for change. By actively engaging in public input processes, you not only contribute to shaping your community but also empower yourself and others to actively participate in the democratic process.

    Whether it's providing feedback on local projects, participating in community forums, or sharing your thoughts through surveys, your input is a vital component of our shared journey towards a better future.

    We encourage you to stay informed about opportunities to contribute your input, attend public meetings, and actively participate in discussions that impact our community. Your voice is a catalyst for positive change, and together, we can create a more inclusive and vibrant future.

    Thank you for being an active and engaged member of our community.

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