Introduction

Purpose

The purpose of this document is to provide direction to Government Communication and Public Engagement (GCPE) staff and B.C. public servants who are planning a citizen engagement project. The Citizen Engagement team will help to guide you through the process.

This document references many internal processes but may be useful to other governments and public engagement professionals.

A brief history

Since 2012, the B.C. government has talked to citizens about a variety of topics that impact their lives. As of October 2018, there have been more than 300 opportunities for the public to give. During this time we received 717,384 contributions from citizens through a variety of tools.

How have citizens engaged since 2012?

How have citizens engaged since 2012? Total citizen contributions were 717,384 with 52,059 blog comments, 266,620 surveys and feedback forms, 74,468 emails and letters, 5,525 stakeholder submissions, 79,190 telephone townhall participants, 6,057 phone surveys, 70,786 face-to-face participants at 3,160 face-to-face meetings, 34,790 downloads of discussion guides or papers, and nearly 3.6 million visits to engagement websites.​

A full list of current and past engagements is available on govTogetherBC.