Speaking at meetings of your elected officals

Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

Request to speak

Request to speak online after agendas are announced below, usually one week before meetings.

Note Register early to speak earlier.

Improving the experience of speaking to Council

We are currently reviewing our Council meeting procedures to make it simpler and more efficient for you to speak at City Council meetings.

If you have spoken at a Council meeting or are just interested in knowing more – we need your help!

Share your thoughts on the speaker process and your experiences at Council. Your feedback will inform changes to our Procedure Bylaw which governs the conduct of all meetings of Council.

Take our survey

The survey is available until January 31.

Meetings you can speak at

Speak to City Council about agenda items at:

  1. Public hearings
  2. Regular Council meetings
    • If Council agrees to hear speakers about an agenda item, it will be moved to the standing committee meeting agenda, usually on the next day.
  3. Special Council meetings
  4. Standing committee meetings
    • City Finance and Services
    • Policy and Strategic Priorities

Deadlines to request to speak

Public hearings

  • Online by 5:00pm on the day of meeting
  • In-person from 5:30pm to 6:00pm on the day of the meeting

If you miss the deadline, attend the meeting and raise your hand when the meeting chair calls three times for any other speakers after all registered speakers are heard.

Regular Council, special Council, and standing committee meetings

  • Online by 9:30am or the start of meeting
  • No requests are taken after the meeting starts

Upcoming meetings

There are no upcoming meetings that you can request to speak at right now. Please check back later.

Prepare your talk

When it's your turn

How long you can speak for and how to prepare

Presentations and written material

Free WiFi

Track your turn

We assign you with a speaker number that shows your position to speak about an agenda item.

Numbers are assigned in the order we received requests to speak.

Track your turn on the @VanCityClerk Twitter feed.

@VanCityClerk Twitter feed

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