The City of Calgary's new 'engage portal' site features background information on projects, project timelines, social-sharing buttons, map-based commenting and more.

City launches ‘engagement portal’

Move comes after SWBRT confrontations

The City of Calgary has launched a new online tool to give citizens and stakeholders an opportunity to have a dialogue on City projects.

This comes less than a month since the City ceased face-to-face consultations following allegations that staff members were verbally and physically assaulted during community consultations for the Calgary Southwest BRT.

“This is a new way for Calgarians to learn about and provide input on City projects,” said Cindy Pickett, director of customer service and communications for the City.

“It’s an intuitive, easy-to-use platform, and I’m excited about the opportunity Calgarians will now have to discuss City initiatives.”

This new “engage portal” site features background information on projects, project timelines, social-sharing buttons, map-based commenting, polling, slide shows, videos, maps, an image/document gallery, project updates, comment forums, feedback forms and a calendar of engagement activities.

City council approved, through the 2015-2018 Action Plan, several initiatives to advance engagement. The new portal has been under development for over six months as part of the capital program.

The BRT program is the first City project to use the new online platform, which is augmented with the option of participating directly on the site, calling 311, or submitting a video. All current engagement projects that are planning to utilize online engagement are being moved to this site.

For more information, visit www.calgary.ca/engage.

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