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Canadian City Launches Website to Engage Citizens
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/apr/04/canadian-city-launches-website-engage-citizens/
Source Date: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Canada
Created: Apr 04, 2013

The city of Surrey, population 483,690, in the state of British Columbia, Canada, launched City Speaks, a new website to connect with residents and let them give feedback about city plans and issues.

Residents of Surrey can share their opinions on policies, programmes and plans such as new developments or city parks. Every month, new surveys, polls and discussion topics will be added to the website.

The city government will also brainstorm and test ideas through City Speaks, allowing residents to share insights with others and explore new directions for the city.

“It’s a new opportunity for the City to bring the public into the decision-making process in a more accessible way – via computers, smartphones and tablets”, said a statement released by the city government.

The website requires residents to create a profile by answering questions about their background, employment and education status, household information, interests, and ideas for city improvement.

Anyone above the age of 16 who is a resident, taxpayer, or business owner or operator in the City of Surrey is eligible for membership on City Speaks.
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