Civic Engagement

As one of the domains of the Canadian Index of Well Being, PQCHC sees civic engagement as a core component of our work.  The Health Promotion team plays a strong role in promoting civic engagement, particularly during election periods.  Over the last several elections the centre has worked closely with the City for All Women and the Coalition of Health and Resource Centres through an initiative called “Making Voices Count Where We Live” to increase voter turn-out rates in the low-income neighbourhoods in the PQ catchment area and throughout the City.  A key focus of this work is to engage residents who have traditionally not been engaged in the political process.  Staff also promote civic engagement between elections by supporting resident engagement in decision-making processes that affect their lives, for example the City budget process. For more information on the Making Voices Count Where we Live project please visit  The Making Voices Count Civic Engagement Toolkit is also available through their website.