What qualifies as an idea?

    Idea proposals should:

    • Involve and empower members of the neighbourhood and demonstrate broad-based and diverse participation in the project process;
    • Be originated, planned and put into action by the neighbours and community members who will be affected by the project;
    • Occur within the city limits and be on public land that is accessible. 
    • Idea proposals may achieve any of the following outcomes:
      1. Improve neighbourhood safety, participation and mobility;
      2. Beautify the neighbourhood;
      3. Improve community connections and understanding between neighbours;
      4. Encourage diversity and inclusion;
      5. Enhance or expand green space.

    What would not qualify as an idea?

    Generally, idea proposals should not:

    • Delay or cancel projects that are part of Council’s approved multiyear budget;
    • Fund staff positions;
    • Pay for a project on private property unless there is complete and total access by the public;
    • Substitute funding lost from other sources of money;
    • Reimburse an organization’s operating expenses not directly linked to the awarded project;
    • Reimburse out-of-London travel expenses or any accommodation expenses;
    • Pay for expenses or financial commitments undertaken prior to the organization being under contract with the City of London;
    • Fund any alcohol, tobacco or gambling expenses;
    • Contribute to fundraising revenue for projects.

    How do we find out if it is something within the budget and is feasible?

    You can correspond with neighbourgood@london.ca prior to submitting your idea or you can submit your idea and City staff will review and advise you of the costs.

    How much work will this take?

    Typical time commitments:

    • Idea submission: 5 minutes
    • Idea to Proposal: Up to 30 minutes
    • Campaigning for your proposal: Unlimited time from October 12 to November 6 (Vote Day)
    • Idea implementation: Dependent on scope of project.

    How do I get people to vote for my idea during the voting period?

    We encourage you to think about campaigning for your idea once it has been made into a proposal and you know it will be on the ballot.

    Campaigning can consist of social media advertisements or door to door information drops.

    How do people vote during the voting period?

    People can vote online at www.getinvolved.london.ca on November 6 or can fill out a paper ballot. Due to COVID-19, our in person voting process is still being finalized.

    How and when will you know which proposals will be implemented?

    In past years, it has taken approximately 3 days to count votes and announce winners through a media release. Idea submitters of winning projects will be contacted once votes are totalled.

    How do the winning ideas get implemented?

    City staff will assist the proposal through the implementation phase if required. In many cases the resident will implement the winning idea on their own (ex: neighbourhood event).

    Can anyone help or participate?

    Yes! All ages can submit ideas and vote.