Citizen Engagement Solutions

Outlined below are the results of Think City's Dream Vancouver survey of 2,513 citizens and the three major civic parties – Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) and Vision Vancouver – on five citizen engagement solutions. The survey was conducted between July 20 and October 31, 2008.

Citizen Engagement Policy Option #1: The city should replace the at-large system with another electoral system (e.g., wards, proportional representation).

  • Public Response: 41.2% Strongly Agree, 28.5% Agree, 7.0% Disagree, 3.9% Strongly Disagree, 19.4% Don't Know
  • Civic Party Response: Strongly Agree - COPE, Vision; Disagree - NPA

Citizen Engagement Policy Option #2: The city should create a public engagement strategy to ensure that multicultural communities participate in public processes more than they do now.

  • Public Response: 31.6% Strongly Agree, 46.6% Agree, 9.0% Disagree, 3.4% Strongly Disagree, 9.3% Don't Know
  • Civic Party Response: Strongly Agree - COPE, Vision; Agree - NPA

Citizen Engagement Policy Option #3: The city should provide more funding and other resources to foster citizen-directed activities in neighbourhoods (e.g., neighbourhood councils, childcare/seniors care, community gardens, traffic calming, etc.).

  • Public Response: 47.6% Strongly Agree, 39.6% Agree, 6.0% Disagree, 1.8% Strongly Disagree, 5.0% Don't Know
  • Civic Party Response: Strongly Agree - COPE, Vision; Strongly Disagree - NPA

Citizen Engagement Policy Option #4: The city should establish an independent office of public consultation to ensure all city consultation processes are transparent, credible and effective.

  • Public Response: 42.9% Strongly Agree, 34.9% Agree, 9.3% Disagree, 1.8% Strongly Disagree, 11.0% Don't Know
  • Civic Party Response: Strongly Agree - COPE, Vision; Strongly Disagree - NPA

Citizen Engagement Policy Option #5: The city should provide citizens with direct ways to set city council priorities between elections (e.g., ongoing democratic reform through a citizens' assembly or annual/capital budget development through participatory budgeting).

  • Public Response: 31.6% Strongly Agree, 40.2% Agree, 11.9% Disagree, 2.8% Strongly Disagree, 13.5% Don't Know
  • Civic Party Response: Strongly Agree - Vision; Agree - COPE, NPA