Participatory Budgeting

What is forWard One?

forWard One is the name of the participatory budgeting process used in the City of Hamilton’s Ward 1 to advise the Councillor on how to spend $1.5 million annually on local infrastructure projects. The Ward 1 process is developed and managed by the Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee (PBAC), which is comprised of Ward 1 residents appointed annually. The Committee oversees the process to engage residents to develop and select infrastructure projects in the Ward, as well as it advises the Councillor about how best to disburse the Area Rating Dollars based on resident-led suggestions.

You can find out more at: forWard One Website

Latest News!

Participatory Budgeting Now Open!

We are excited to announce the start of 2018 Participatory Budgeting (PB) Process. New this year, is our first ever themed PB! We invite all residents to help us spend $1.5 million with the focus on Environmental Stewardship!

Ideas are being accepted online by clicking here or submission forms are available at Drop Box Locations (Locke Street and Westdale Library, Ryerson and Dalewood Recreation Centres, Union Market at McMaster, Emmerson Barbershop and the Mustard Seed Coop).

To get started, here are the categories and criteria for this years process:

Environmental Stewardship Categories:

  • Access and Accessibility to Public Space – includes water, sidewalks, parks and trails
  • Park and Trail Enhancements - includes play structures, solar lighting, gardens
  • Public Building Enhancements – includes environmental upgrades to City owned buildings such as libraries and recreation centres
  • Beautification – graffiti (prevention and removal), litter and waste bins
  • Environmental Stewardship – trees, community operated gardens, enhancements to native plantings and animal habitats
  • Other

Idea Criteria:

  • Located within Ward 1 boundaries
  • Public benefit to the Ward
  • On public property
  • Can be completed within 1-2 years
  • Is a physical improvement (infrastructure)
  • Is a one-time investment

To learn more, please visit the website.




Volunteers Needed for 2017/18 Participatory Budget Advisory Committee!

Attention all Ward 1 residents! You are invited to apply to become a member of the Ward 1 Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee (PBAC). The Committee oversees the process and engages residents in developing and selecting infrastructure projects in the Ward, as well as it advises the Councillor on Participatory Budgeting Issues.  Please click here for details.

If you are interested in applying, please complete and submit an application, link below. Deadline to submit applications is August 25. An interview process will follow in early September.

Download application here



2017 Voting Results are in!

Thank you to all who submitted ideas, attended public meetings and workshops, championed the process and projects, and cast ballots in this year’s process.  Please click here to view the announcement and results list. 

Over the next couple of months Aidan will be meeting with City Staff to investigate and obtain implementation estimates on the top projects, starting with the ones identified by PBAC. His goal is to get as many projects implemented as possible. Once that is complete (estimated to be in early Fall 2017) Aidan will announce the 2017 Final Project List with budget to the community.

To download the Civicplan Results Report and Analysis, please click here.



2017 Voting Opens March 27!

You can vote online or at the following locations using a paper ballot:

  • Locke Library
  • Westdale Library
  • Ryerson Recreation Centre
  • Dalewood Recreation Centre
  • Mustard Seed Co-Op
  • Emerson Barber Shop (116 Emerson)
  • Union Market, McMaster Student Centre

Download the Voting booklet by clicking here (1.65MB).

Voting closes April 20, 2017.



Community Workshop a Success

PBAC hosted a Community Workshop on February 15, 2017 at Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Avenue.

One of the goals of the workshop was to provide information about how the shortlist is achieved, while seeking input to consolidate similar and related ideas into single, stronger projects for the final ballot.

There was great discussion, and attendees provided excellent feedback! Well done to all who attended.



2016-2017 Idea Submission Phase

Idea Submissions were accepted until December 8, 2016.  Thanks to those who submitted ideas to improve Ward 1!



2016 Project Results Announced

On behalf of the Ward 1 Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee (PBAC) I am pleased to announce the top voted projects for 2016 are:

1 Improve and Expand the Parkette at Main and Dow

2 Repair/Repave Ward 1 Roads

3 Locke Street Streetscaping

4 Chedoke Golf Course Redevelopment Plan

5 Westdale Complete Streets Master Plan

6 Upgrade HAAA Park Facilities

7 Add Natural Playground at Canadian Martyrs School Main and Leland

8 Churchill Park Master Plan Implementation

9 Establish a Senior Centre in Ward 1

10 Prince Philip School Recreation Centre

11 Improvement to the Locke Street Library

12 Victoria Park Playground Improvements

13 Establish a Skate Park for Kids and Teens in Ward 1

14 Improve Bike Lane Connections at Dundurn and York

15 Establish Wild Flower Gardens

16 Alexander Park Redevelopment

17 Alleyway Improvements

18 Charlton Ave & Dundurn St. Traffic Calming

19 Earl Kitchener School Playground Revitalization

20 Kirkendall Neighbourhood Master Plan

21 Traffic Calming of Main Street

22 Victoria Park Beautification and Community Garden Expansion

23 Tastebuds Student Nutrition Collaborative

24 Coronation Pool Expansion

To view the complete report, please click here.