Public Engagement

The City of New Westminster recognizes the need to respond to the demand for high quality public engagement - not as a nice-to-have - but as a central component of how the City does business and delivers services to community members. We are committed to investing in new ways to meaningfully engage the public in order to be able to shape New Westminster's future together in a pro-active way. Find out more below!

Consultation Updates:

Throughout 2015 and 2016 the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Engagement worked to review the City’s engagement practices, and gathered input from community members to create a vision for the future of civic participation in New Westminster.

On December 5, 2016, City Council adopted a new public engagement strategy that provides guidance for the City’s practices and aids in the delivery of high-quality public consultation. The Strategy includes a set of principles that establish the goals and standards for good public engagement in New Westminster. The Action Plan identifies recommendations and details strategic priorities, which were developed by the Public Engagement Task Force. Click here to find the Public Engagement Strategy and Action Plan.

In August 2017, the City hired a Public Engagement Coordinator who has begun implementing the Strategy and Action Plan. The Public Engagement Coordinator will also support staff with their consultation and engagement initiatives, and will foster new relationships with the community and other stakeholders.

Please see a list of our ongoing engagement opportunities below – we look forward to hearing from you!

Other Updates and Opportunities for Input:

  • New West City 101

    Youth Civic Education and Engagement

    The City of New Westminster and CityHive are developing a youth civic education and leadership program called New West City 101.

    This program will focus on building a deeper understanding of how cities work and how to get involved with city projects. It's designed for high school students in grade 9-12.

    Want to help shape New West City 101? 
    Join us for an Idea Jam on December 3rd from 3:15 to 4:45 pm at the NWSS Library. Pizza will be provided. Come share your ideas and help shape this program with us!

    Take the online survey! 
    Do you live in New Westminster, and are you between 14-18 years old? If yes, we want to hear from you! Fill out this online survey before December 4th to share your thoughts and ideas. 

  • The City of New Westminster is looking for new, genuine, creative and innovative ways to engage the public.

    Please take a few moments to complete this questionnaire to provide us with some feedback and thoughts on how we can work together to make the City of New Westminster a leader in public engagement and civic participation. 

  • The City of New Westminster has officially launched its new online video streaming platform for council meetings. The new streaming service will make viewing past and current council meetings easy with agendas, reports, minutes, and video all available in one convenient location.

    Click here for more information or to stream a video.