City Council Approves Public Engagement Framework and Charter

Published on: 2017/10/04 - in Releases

City Hall, Kingston Ontario

Last night council approved the City’s Public Engagement Framework and Public Engagement Charter which outlines when and how the City engages residents. Benefiting from two years of public input, the framework offers clear, fair and collaborative guidelines for conducting engagement.

“Public engagement is a priority for the City, and the public engagement framework and charter represent the commitment to that priority. The involvement of residents in City decision-making processes is vital to democracy and the framework, charter and new online engagement platform will assist in a more consistent approach. The online platform is being piloted over the next 18 months, and will provide an online option for residents to provide input,” says Debbi Miller, manager, communications and public engagement.

The online platform (linked below) gives residents a way to follow and participate in City efforts that affect their quality-of-life. Kingstonians are encouraged to sign-up at to follow the City’s online and in-person engagement opportunities, receive updates – and add their voices to them when, where and how they would like. The platform also provides residents an opportunity to share their ideas. Everyone can view the projects and comments on the platform, but participants need to register to provide input.

“Public engagement encourages participation, action, personal responsibility and democracy. Show Kingston you love it by adding your voice to public conversations. By signing up, you can learn more about the project and provide your input,” says Miller.

Sign up to participate at Signing up by Monday, November 6 will enter your name into a draw.

Developing the City’s public engagement processes and tools helps deliver on the City’s Open Government strategic priority outlined in the 2015-2018 Kingston Strategic Plan.

For more details about the Public Engagement Framework, go to

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada’s most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality – ensuring that today’s decisions don’t compromise our future.

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