Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

Speak to Council

We continue to encourage public participation via telephone as the most efficient way to speak to Council.

If attending in person, please continue to respect the personal space of others.

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 or by telephone: one hour before the scheduled start of the meeting
    • Council or Special Council, call 604-829-4323
    • Standing Committee, call 604-829-4272
  • Cut-off for all items is one hour before the scheduled start of the meeting in which the item is initially presented to Council. For Council Member Motions, this means speakers must have registered to speak before the Council meeting
  • Speaker sign up does not reopen if items are referred to the Standing Committee.


Upcoming meetings taking requests

December 16, 2022, Auditor General Committee meeting

You can speak about:

  • Amendments to City of Vancouver Policies
  • Office of the Auditor General 2023 Budget Request

Sign up to speak by 8:30 am. Requests to speak must be received no later than one hour prior to the scheduled start time of the meeting.

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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