Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

What you need to know
What you need to know

April 4 to May 29 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

April 23 Regular Council meeting

You can speak about:​​

  • Report Reference 1 - Resilient Vancouver Strategy
  • Administrative Report 1 - Staff Advice on “Emergency Interim Rezoning Policy for Broadway Corridor to UBC” Motion
  • Administrative Report 2 - Campaign Financing Disclosure Statements for 2018 General Local Election – Failure to File
  • Administrative Report 3 - Local Improvements – Project List for Consideration  – Court of Revision 640
  • Administrative Report 4 - 6168 East Boulevard – Proposed Closure of a Portion of Street to Accommodate Heritage Building Façade Encroachments
  • Administrative Report 5 - Closure and Sale of a Portion of Lane Adjacent to 2631 to 2685 Victoria Drive and 1837 to 1853 East 11th Avenue
  • Administrative Report 6 - Powell Street Overpass – Land Exchanges Between the City, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Administrative Report 7 - Empty Homes Tax Revenue – Grant to Network of Inner City Community Services Society (NICCSS) for Vancouver Rent Bank
  • Policy Report 12 - Consideration of Rezoning Proposal at 1890 Foley Street
  • Policy Report 13 - Interim 2019 Solid Waste Utility (SWU) Fees Adjustment and By-law Changes
  • Motion on Notice B.1 - Review of SNC-Lavalin Relationship with the City of Vancouver
  • Motion on Notice B.2 - Safer Slower Streets: 30 km/h Residential Street Pilot
  • Motion on Notice B.3 - Requests for Leave of Absence

Council has agreed to trial a number of changes to the way speakers are heard.

Council must agree to hear speakers on these agenda items. If Council agrees to hear speakers on a City staff report, speakers will be heard on the same day as the Regular Council meeting.

If Council agrees to hear speakers on a Motion on Notice, speakers will be heard on Wednesday at the Standing Committee meeting between 3 pm and 10 pm.

For more information on trial changes to hearing speakers and meeting procedures, click here.

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April 24 Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting​

You can speak about:

  • Climate Emergency Response
  • Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy By-laws - Consultation Update
  • Building Retrofits for Deep Carbon Reductions
  • Final Report on False Creek Flats Community Panel
  • 2019 Property Taxation: Distribution of Property Tax Levy

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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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