IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation – 2020

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Internationally recognized community and stakeholder training offered to non-profit housing organizations from across the province


Important Covid-19 Update: We are optimistic that we will be able to deliver two IAP2 courses until May 2021. We are continuing to plan for a course in Vancouver (Nov 2-6 date) and will propose alternative dates for a Fall/Winter course in Victoria. Please add your name to the interest list to receive information as it becomes available.

Victoria: Fall/Winter 2020 [postponed from May 2020 – date tbc]
Vancouver: November 2 to 6, 2020: [Applications will open in summer 2020. Pending final confirmation]

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Participant fee: $300 + tax (includes light breakfast and lunch)

Registration is limited to one attendee per organization.

Transportation and accommodation are not included. Limited travel bursaries are available to cover partial costs. Please see the application form for details.

Are you wondering how to manage community and stakeholder engagements that will move your projects forward in a timely, cost-effective way? In the IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation program you will learn and apply the elements of successful engagement planning to ensure dialogue is positive, respectful and productive.

The training is particularly relevant for non-profits pursuing affordable housing development, who need to develop positive and supportive relationships with their neighbours and the wider community.

BCNPHA, with support from Vancity, BC Housing and CMHC is offering this five-day program in Victoria and Vancouver to 22 representatives from non-profit housing organizations at a cost of $300 + tax. (Standard cost for this course is $2,325 + tax.)

Seating is limited. We are inviting applications to identify participants who will benefit most from the training.

Training Information

The International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation training will be provided by licensed IAP2 trainers from Delaney + Associates, a national engagement firm with offices in Vancouver and Ottawa. They provide IAP2 training across the country, bringing their many years of engagement consulting experience to the classroom, including work with the City of Vancouver and other housing projects.

The course is designed for staff who will be designing and implementing community and stakeholder engagement plans. It will be customized with content, guest speakers and case studies from the affordable and social housing sector, using participants’ examples.

There are two modules to the Foundations program: Planning for Effective Public Participation (three days) and Techniques for Public Participation (two days). IAP2 issues a certificate of completion for each, as well as a certificate called Foundations in Public Participation.

Who can register/apply?

This training is reserved exclusively for non-profit housing organizations (preference will be given to BCNPHA members, but all non-profit housing providers can apply).

Attendees should be in a community engagement, communication or strategic position within their organization and would likely be designing or implementing an engagement program.

Organizations should be developing a property already, or looking towards (re)development. Your new project could be in the early stages (i.e. visioning/feasibility/planning), but should be no longer than two to four years out.

Participants must commit to attending for the full duration of the course. Attendance cannot be shared.


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