Municipal Consultations: Are Canadians truly taking part?

Ipsos, in partnership with Municipal World magazine, recently conducted a survey to better understand Canadians' views on municipal public consultations, including what they really think about public consultations, and the barriers preventing people from taking part in a more meaningful way.

Municipal Consultations: Are Canadians truly taking part?

The author(s)

  • Catherine Knaus Director, Canada, Ipsos Public Affairs
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The findings show that only 20% of Canadians say they have ever participated in a municipal public consultation, with approximately half (12%) of these respondents saying they have done so in the past two years.

Overall, 77% agree that their experience was a positive one. And while 81% agree that they had adequate opportunity to express their opinions, fewer (56%) think the sponsoring municipality took the feedback into account when making its decisions about next steps.

To learn more about how Canadians have participated in public consultations in the past, how they’d prefer to participate in the future, and what they felt were the main barriers to participation, please download the infographic, or the Municipal World article below.

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The author(s)

  • Catherine Knaus Director, Canada, Ipsos Public Affairs

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