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.

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

July 24 regular Council meeting

You can speak about:​

  • Administrative report 1: Debenture Program 2018 (Inaugural Green Bonds)
  • Administrative report 2: Jericho Lands Policy Planning Program 
  • Administrative report 3: 2018 Q2 Capital Budget Adjustments and Closeouts
  • Administrative report 4: Capital Contribution for 33 West Cordova Street (36 Blood Alley Square) for Social/Supportive Housing 
  • Administrative report 5: 2019 Fee Increases for Rezoning, Development, Building, and Other Related Permits  
  • Administrative report 6: Year 2019 License and Service Fee Increases – Mountain View Cemetery 
  • Administrative report 7: Sustaining Affordable Non-Profit Housing on City Land 
  • Administrative report 8: 2221-2235 Main Street Lease and Operator Selection 
  • Administrative report 9: 8501 Boundary Lease and Operator Selection
  • Administrative report 10: Capital Contribution for 235 and 237 Main Street (Jubilee Rooms) for Social/Supportive Housing
  • Administrative report 11: 2019-2023 Budget Outlook 
  • Policy report 1: Licensing Bylaw Amendments 
  • Policy report 2: Addition of Water Enforcement Provisions in the Ticket Offences Bylaw
  • Policy report 10: Parking Bylaw Updates to Achieve Transportation 2040 Actions 
  • Other report 1: Street Naming – Naming of New Streets and Street Extensions within the Pearson Dogwood Development 
  • Motion on notice B1: Establishing a “Materials for the Arts” Creative Reuse Program in the City of Vancouver
  • Motion on notice B2: Mandatory Green Roofs
  • Motion on notice B3: Opportunities for Short-Term Rental Accommodations to Contribute to Affordable Housing in the City of Vancouver
  • Motion on notice B4: Support for the Kettle Society and the City of Vancouver’s Commitment to Resources for Mental Health, Ending Homelessness and Supportive Housing 
  • Motion on notice B5: Bike Parking Retrofit Program for Existing Residential Developments
  • Motion on notice B6: City Asset Renaming Policy
  • Motion on notice B7: City of Vancouver Led Efforts to Assist the Province of B.C. to Prevent and Report Money Laundering in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

Council must agree to hear speakers on these agenda items. If Council agrees, the item is moved to an upcoming standing committee meeting usually on the next day.

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July 25 Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting

You can speak about:

  • Sea Level Rise Planning Update
  • Updates to Rezoning Policy for Sustainable Large Developments
  • Contract Award for the Supply and Delivery of Fuels
  • Contract Award for ITT PS20171180 Vancouver Landfill Entrance Upgrades, Main Works 
  • 2019 Licence Fee Increase Report
  • 760 Pacific Boulevard - 1155246 BC Ltd - Harbour Convention Centre - Liquor Primary Liquor Licence and Outdoor Patio Application - Liquor Establishment Class 6 – Venue 
  • 2018 Annual Inflationary Adjustments to Development Cost Levies (DCLs), and Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) Targets
  • Contract Award for the Supply and Delivery of Water Meters
  • 2019 Animal Services Licence Fee Increase Report 
  • 1171 Jervis Street and 1345 Davie Street - Social Housing Operator Selection and Lease Terms 
  • Final 2019-2022 Capital Plan & Plebiscite Questions

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Prepare your talk

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.

To keep track of agenda items and speaker numbers, follow our @VanCityClerk Twitter account External website  or watch the meeting live online.

It's difficult to predict when it'll be your turn to speak – especially for meetings with a lot of speakers – because:

  • Agenda items don't have start times
  • Agendas can be changed during the meeting
  • Speakers can sign up until the start of the meeting
  • Council can ask speakers questions after they present, which can take anywhere from 0 to 55 minutes per speaker (5-minute question period × 11 elected officials = 55 minutes)

After staff and consultants make their presentations, the chair of the meeting invites speakers in the order they registered.

You will have 5 minutes to address Council – keep your comments concise.

Note For public hearings only: You have 8 minutes if you speak on behalf of three or more people or groups. Each person or group representative needs to attend.

State your name, organization (if applicable), position on the recommendation (for or against), and rationale.

After you finish, any member of Council has up to five minutes to ask you questions.

Council will hear all registered speakers. If many people signed up, you may have to attend more than one meeting before it's your turn.

Email your presentation to us one day before the meeting.

Note Presentations received after the start of the meeting will not be accepted.

To present from a USB drive or laptop, arrive 30 minutes before the meeting so we can help you set up. For laptops, bring an HDMI cable.

Video and presentations are broadcast on:

  • The screen on the east wall of the Council Chamber behind the meeting chair
  • The computers that councillors use during meetings
  • The screen in the third floor foyer
  • The live webcast

Audio is broadcast on:

  • The speakers in the Council Chamber and third floor foyer
  • The live webcast

Written material

Email any written material for Council to the City Clerk before the meeting starts.

Use the internet for free at these spots in City Hall.

  • Ground Floor: Town Hall meeting rooms
  • 3rd Floor: Council Chamber and foyer

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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