If you want to have your say on decisions made by the City that could affect your neighbourhood, there are a number of ways you can encourage your local community to speak up.
Actions like conducting surveys, or holding workshops or meetings can get people talking and suggesting ideas about City projects and plans, like the future of the waterfront, transit or local parks.
Whatever method you use, try to make it easy for the community to take part, and include diverse voices to make the process as inclusive and accessible as possible.
Effective community engagement can:
- Increase transparency and accountability of project outcomes
- Improve the decision-making process for each project
- Increase the chance of a positive project conclusion
- Ensure good value for time and money
Plan a community meeting
To plan your own community meeting, you can rent a facility in Mississauga or from Peel District School Board. Check your dates to make sure your meeting doesn’t clash with Holy Days and national holidays and use our facilitator’s guide to ensure your meeting goes smoothly.
You can also read the City’s Community Engagement Strategy to help create your own engagement plan.
We’ve also provided the following templates for you to get your meeting up and running:
- Outline your meeting activities and schedule with a meeting agenda
- Present your ideas using this presentation template
- Help people find the meeting space by posting signs
- Summarize feedback and findings in a ‘what we heard’ report
Tell us what you think
You can let us know what you and your community think about any of the current City projects by visiting yoursay.mississauga.ca.
If you have any questions about community engagement or setting up your own meeting, workshop or survey, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.