Your Voice Shapes Your City

Using dialogue to influence the future of the Calgary region.

From arts and culture to urban design, we all have an opportunity to speak, be heard and have an effect on many projects and initiatives.  

In Calgary, The City recognizes the benefits of open discussion with citizens and stakeholders. The Engagement Policy clearly acknowledges that planning decisions in all areas of civic life “are improved by engaging citizens and other stakeholder groups.” 

Public engagement works because City officials hear strong, previously unconsidered thinking: it brings out the best in people. The dialogue is a barometer of public sentiment. Recent decisions on the $5B Green Line LRT are a perfect example of the process at work. 

“Today at a public hearing (the Transportation and Transit) Committee heard from numerous stakeholders, including the BNA (Beltline Neighbourhoods Association), that the 12 Avenue Underground option was prematurely removed from the shortlist.”

- Beltline Association News

As a result of that meeting, the underground option for integrating the Green Line with Beltline neighbourhoods is back on the Committee’s table, demonstrating adherence to all five of Calgary’s Engage Policy guiding principles:

  • Accountability
  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency
  • Commitment
  • Responsiveness

The public hearing for the Green Line is a good example of just how easily you can get involved. Opportunities include everything from a playground in Inglewood to redesigning Chinatown.  Anyone can find current opportunities on the Engage section of the City of Calgary website. 

“You see the results of decision made by the City of Calgary every day – in your roads, drinking water, parks and much more. Get involved and provide your input on city project and programs.”

- City of Calgary Engage Portal

Timing is everything and early is better. Even critical. The City makes it possible, and we all can have our say in aspects of city life that interest or concern us.

Learn more about Engage in Calgary, or similar initiatives in Okotoks, Airdrie, High River, and Rocky View County.

September 30th, 2016
Updated: September 14th, 2017

Expressing an interest or concern in civic programs and projects is just half of the story. Citizens play a critical role in city planning through established consultation processes.