This winter, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) will be the first federal government department to use PlaceSpeak for consulting with the public. This pilot project provides an opportunity for residents to contribute feedback to decision-makers and help shape how the Ottawa River watershed is managed in the future. Nancy Pawelek, Government of Canada Free Agent on assignment with ECCC, shared her insights on PlaceSpeak’s potential at the recent Policy Ignite! event in Ottawa.
“We’ve chosen PlaceSpeak to host our online public engagement for the Ottawa River watershed because of a few unique features that seemed to be a good fit for the needs of our study – like the way it links digital identity to geo-location, which will let us analyze whether sentiment varies in different parts of the watershed,” said Pawelek.