Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

COVID-19 update

We continue to encourage public participation via telephone during COVID-19 to assist in limiting contact with others. This is also the most efficient way to speak to Council.

If attending in person, members of the public must comply with the most updated Public Health Order guidance .

As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, even if you are vaccinated, until further notice.

Ways to participate

Prepare to speak

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
  • If you miss the deadline, attend the meeting electronically and follow the instructions for joining when additional speakers are called.

Council, Special Council, and Standing Committee meetings

  • Online: 8:30am, day of the meeting
  • By telephone: 8:30am, day of the meeting, call 604-829-4323
  • All requests must be received no later than one hour before the meeting is scheduled to begin.


Upcoming meetings taking requests

December 7, 2021 public hearing

You can sign up to speak about: 

  • Miscellaneous Amendments Concerning Various CD-1 By-laws
  • CD-1 Rezoning: 534-550 Cambie Street
  • CD-1 Rezoning: 8804 Osler Street
  • CD-1 Rezoning: 750 Southwest Marine Drive

The deadline to request to speak to the above item is Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 5 pm for online requests and from 5:30 pm to 6 pm for phone in requests by calling 604-829-4238.


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December 8, 2021, Standing Committee on City Finance and Services

You can speak about:

  • Spaces to Thrive Phase I: Vancouver Social Infrastructure Strategy Policy Framework

  •  Climate Emergency Action Plan – Big Move 6: Natural Climate Solutions

  • Approval of Council Initiative – Commercial Drive BIA Renewal 2022

  • Marine Landing Policy Updates for Marpole Community Plan and Cambie Corridor Plan Areas

  • Contract Award for Coal Harbour Phase II Construction

  • Extension to Drinker’s Lounge Alcohol Consumption Pilot

  • Amendments to the Vacancy Tax By-Law No 11674

The deadline to request to speak for the above item is Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 8:30 am.

Request to speak View the full agenda 

December 9, 2021 public hearing 

You can speak about:

  • CD-1 Rezoning: 5590 Victoria Drive
  • CD-1 Rezoning: 1640-1650 Alberni Street
  • Heritage Designation – 6237 Adera Street – C.S. Arnold Residence

The deadline to request to speak for the above items is Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 5pm for online requests and from 5:30pm to 6pm, for phone in requests by calling 604-829-4238. 

Request to speak View the full agenda


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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