Public Participation

Coming soon: we're modernizing our approach to public engagement!

Stay tuned! 

Saanich will be implementing a new public engagement platform to modernize the way we engage with our community! This online tool will be a one-stop shop for those interested in our projects and initiatives. There will be opportunities to gain more information about projects and provide feedback right from the comfort of your own home! Stay tuned for more about this exciting initiative early in 2024!  

Working together: public participation at Saanich

You experience the results of our decisions every day. We believe in a two-way process that involves citizens in problem solving and decision making.

How can you have your say?

We use different tools to gather your input:

  • Open houses 
  • Surveys
  • Focus groups
  • More!

You can also address Council. To make the most of your time, read our 9 Tips on Interacting with Council [PDF - 138 KB] handout. 

Why do we need public participation?

It’s simple. We make better decisions with your input. Our leaders and decision makers can also better understand your perspectives, opinions, and concerns when you share your thoughts.

It also helps us build trust, generate ideas and create community between citizens and local government.

Learning about our public participation process

Our Public Participation Handbook [PDF - 974 KB] shares a lot of information:

  • How Saanich makes decisions to give you the inside track
  • Tips on how to get your concerns and questions heard and answered
  • Tools to have your say
  • And more!