Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

COVID-19 update

Following updated guidance issued on December 4, 2020, and extended on February 5, 2021,  in-person participation for local government meetings  and public hearings  is not permitted under the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Order on Gatherings and Events .

We recommend participating in meetings by sending comments to City Council online.

If you prefer to speak at the meeting, you may attend by phone. Request to speak below. We'll contact you with instructions on how to attend when we receive your request. 

Prepare to speak by phone

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

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

June 29, 2021 Public Hearing (Reconvening from June 15, 2021)

On June 15, 2021, Council approved the following with no changes:

  1. CD-1 Rezoning: 602-644 Kingsway (with yellow memo dated June 14, 2021)
  2. CD-1 Rezoning: 8725 French Street
  3. CD-1 Rezoning: 1317 Richards Street and 508 Drake Street

You can sign up to speak about: 

  1. CD-1 Rezoning: 450 West Georgia Street and 712-732 Richards Street
  2. CD-1 Rezoning: 480 Broughton Street

The deadline to request to speak to the above items 4 and 5 is Tuesday, June 29, 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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June 22, 2021 Council meeting

You can speak about:​​

  • R1. Closure and Sale of a Portion of Road Adjacent to 2929 West 29th Avenue 
  • R2. Contract Award for the Provision of Parking Meter Equipment 
  • R3. Downtown Eastside (DTES) Plan Implementation Grant Allocation - 2021 


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June 23, 2021, Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities

You can speak about:

  • Jericho Lands Planning Program – Process Update and Consideration of Draft Guiding Principles and Emerging Ideas to Guide Site Planning

  • 2021 Annual Inflationary Rate Adjustment to Development Contributions & Associated DCL Amendment

  • Hastings Park - PNE Master Plan Program: Amphitheatre Renewal

  • Vancouver Heritage Foundation Board - Annual Report 2020

  • 333 Carrall Street - Closure of Portions of Street and Lane for Heritage Building Encroachments

  • SRO Upgrade Grant to Atira Women’s Resource Society – 1119 Horby St (Murray Hotel) 

  • Report Back on Joint Vancouver City Council - Vancouver School Board Committee to Collaborate on Capital Projects

  • Amendments to the Street and Traffic By-law No. 2849 to Allow Electric Kick Scooters on Protected Bike Lanes and Minor Streets

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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