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City of Vancouver launches consultation to improve the experience of speaking at council

December 15 2017 City wants the public's feedback to help improve the experience of speaking at council

City Council chambers

Have you ever spoken at a City of Vancouver council meeting? Or did you want to but were put off by the process? If so, the City wants to hear from you.

As part of a comprehensive review of the Procedure By-law, City staff are engaging with the public, staff and Council to make it simpler and more efficient for everyone who speaks at City Council meetings.

The City will conduct a public survey, a staff survey, public focus group sessions and in-person interviews with members of Council, to better understand people's thoughts on the matter.

This work will help inform changes to the Procedure Bylaw and address various aspects of speaking to Council including:

  • Challenges and barriers to accessing and speaking to Council
  • Opportunities to improve public access and experience when speaking to Council
  • The role of speakers in the decision making process
  • Language and accessibility needs of the public
  • Public and Council member conduct at meetings

The public survey is available until January 31, 2018 and focus group sessions will be held in early 2018 to further explore the challenges, barriers and opportunities to accessing and speaking at Council meetings.

The information gathered from the surveys and meetings will inform recommended changes to the Procedure Bylaw which will be presented to Council in summer 2018.

Take the survey