Local MPP Randy Hillier will be debating his private members bill, “The Kickstarting Public Participation Act”, for the first time on March 30th.
The Bill aims to establish a province wide online crowd sourcing platform for municipalities and community organizations to use to raise funds for community urban-improvement projects.
“At a time when municipalities struggle to balance the competing needs of their budgets, community projects are not always a priority, and issues can often be overlooked leaving citizens feeling ignored,” exclaimed Hillier. “Civic crowdfunding has become a popular mechanism to solve this problem by providing the community with a method of actively engaging in the development process of public projects. ”
Bill 77 has been supported by a number of municipalities, including Lanark County, Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills and Essex, who have all voted in favor of resolutions to back the bill.
"I am incredibly grateful to the many municipalities that have come forward with resolutions of support for the bill,” remarked Hillier. “I believe that an accessible crowdfunding platform for municipalities will help local governments get started on public projects while empowering citizens to be directly involved in the development of their community.”
A copy of Bill 77 can be found here.