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Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

April 7, 2020: We recommend participating in meetings by sending comments to City Council online.

If you prefer to speak at the meeting, you may attend by phone or in person. Request to speak below. We'll contact you with instructions how to attend when we receive your request. 

To attend in person at City Hall, you must keep 2 m away from other people. Enter City Hall at the 12th Avenue entrance and check-in with the security officer. Note that City Hall is closed except for Council meetings and media events. Stay home if you're feeling unwell.

Prepare to speak by phone or in person

What you need to know
What you need to know

Requests usually open one week before a meeting once we post the agenda. Request early to speak earlier.

Meetings are publicly streamed and recorded.

  1. Types of meetings open to speakers
  2. Deadlines to request to speak
  3. Upcoming meetings taking requests
  4. Prepare to speak
  5. Track your turn to speak

Types of meetings open to speakers

Speak to City Council about agenda items at:

  1. Public hearings
  2. Council meetings
    • For staff reports, you'll present on the day of the meeting
    • For Council member motions, you'll present on Wednesday at the standing committee meeting
  3. Special Council meetings
    • Only for agenda items that allow speakers
  4. Standing committee meetings (City Finance and Services, Policy and Strategic Priorities)
    • For staff reports, you'll present on the day of the meeting

Deadlines to request to speak

Public hearings

  • Online: 5pm, day of the meeting
  • By telephone: 5:30pm and 6pm day of the meeting, call 604-829-4238
  • In-person: 5:30pm to 6pm, 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.

Council, Special Council, and Standing Committee meetings

  • Online: 8:30am, day of the meeting
  • All requests must be received no later than one hour before the meeting is scheduled to begin.

 


Upcoming meetings taking requests

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

 


Prepare to speak

Know what to expect by watching our video. It's full of tips and rules to help you prepare.

 


Track your turn to speak

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 and follow the meeting on the Twitter feed below.

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