Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

What you need to know
What you need to know

April 4 to Fall 2019 changes to speaking at a meeting

We're testing new ways to improve the experience of speaking at meetings.

  1. For Regular Council and Standing Committee meetings, you can speak for up to 3 minutes. Each Council member can ask you questions for up to 3 minutes.
  2. To speak about a staff report agenda item, you'll present on the day of the meeting.
  3. To speak about a Council member motion, you'll present on Wednesday from 3pm to 10pm at the Standing Committee meeting.

Request to speak

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

Note Register early to speak earlier.

Note Council meetings are publicly streamed and recorded.

Meetings you can speak at

Speak to City Council about agenda items at:

  1. Public hearings
  2. Regular Council meetings
    • For staff reports, you'll present on the day of the meeting
    • For Council member motions, you'll present on Wednesday from 3pm to 10pm 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 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

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

October 22 Public Hearing

You can sign up to speak about: 

1. Text Amendments:  Miscellaneous and Housekeeping Amendments – Zoning and Development By-law, Sign By-law and Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan By-law

2. Text Amendment: 3560-3570 Hull Street and 2070-2090 East 20th Avenue

3. Rezoning:  1002 Station Street and 250-310 Prior Street (New St. Paul’s Hospital and Health Campus)

Note The deadline to request to speak for the above items is October 22, 2019 at 5 pm for online requests and from 5:30 pm to 6 pm for in-person requests.

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

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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