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Scale of Public Engagement

Public engagement is the process of working to inform, interact and engage residents. Through planned activities, you have the opportunity to share your feedback, offer opinions and new ideas, and learn more about City projects. Each project benefits from a different level of public participation - from informing you about a program or service to engaging a committee. Below are the different levels of engagement that you can expect from the City of Lethbridge.

IAP2 spectrum

developed by the international association for public participation



To provide the public with balanced and objective information to assist them in understanding the problems, alternatives and/or solutions.

To obtain public feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decision.

To work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered.

To partner with the public in each aspect of the decision including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution.

To place final decision-making in the hands of the public.


We will keep you informed.

We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and aspirations are directly reflected in the alternatives developed and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

​We will look to you for advice and innovation in formulating solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

We will implement what you decide.


Opportunities to empower residents are minimal. Residents are empowered to elect officials that will make decisions on their behalf. The purpose of including Empower on the scale of public engagement is to provide understanding for residents where they sit in any given participation opportunity.


 *The City of Lethbridge utilizes the international recognized
International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum.