Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

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
  • 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

February 25 public hearing

You can sign up to speak about: 

  • Text amendment: Simplified and Expanded Zoning and Development Regulations for Passive House Projects
  • Heritage: 3495-3505 Commercial Street (Broadhurst and Whitaker Block)
  • Text amendment: 1500 West Georgia Street
  • Rezoning: 3235-3261 Clive Avenue
  • Rezoning: 4338-4362 Cambie Street

The deadline to request to speak for the above items is Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 5pm for online requests and from 5:30pm to 6pm for in-person requests.

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February 25 regular Council meeting

You can speak about:​​

  • Presentation 2 - By-laws for an Inter-Municipal Ride-hailing Business Licence
  • Report 1 - 2020 Critical One-time Cultural Grant for Red Gate Arts Society
  • Motion 2 - Limiting 2021 Property Tax Rate Increase to No More Than 5%
  • Motion 3 - Declaring a Homelessness Emergency: Making an Emergency Plan to Drastically Reduce Homelessness
  • Motion 4 - Accessibility Funding and Guarantees for Passenger Directed Vehicles in BC
  • Motion 5 - Declaring Support for an Eastside Arts District
  • Motion 6 - Relief and Rehabilitation of Aggressive Dog Designation
  • Motion 7 - Reducing Truck Pollution in Clark-Knight Corridor and Other City Streets
  • Motion 8 - Universal No-Cost Coverage of Prescription Contraception
  • Motion 9 - B.C. Clean Kilometre Act for Ride Hailing Fleets
  • Motion 10 - Provincial Tools for Building Energy Benchmarking
  • Motion 11 - Re-Examining Municipal Pension Plan Divestment
  • Motion 12 - Provincial Enabling of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing by Local Governments
  • Motion 13 - Discriminatory Covenants, Language and Encumbrances on Vancouver Land Titles
  • Motion 14 - Unintended Consequences: Reconsideration of a Council Direction That May Affect Housing in the City of Vancouver
  • Motion 15 - Toward Best Practices in Civic Governance: Clarifying Council’s Role as an Elected Board

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February 26 Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting​

You can speak about:

  • 2020 Renter Services Grants and Renter Office Update
  • 2020 Community Services and Other Social Grants
  • Approval of Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Area Renewal and Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area Expansion 2020

Request to speak 
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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.

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