Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

COVID-19 update

Following updated guidance issued on December 4, 2020, and extended on January 7, 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.    

January 19, 2021 Council meeting

You can speak about:​​

  • P2. Report Back on the Random Order Ballot Model Used in the 2018 Vancouver Election
  • R1. Downtown Eastside Special Enterprise Pilot Program
  • R2. 2021 Cultural Grants (Operating, Annual Assistance, Arts Capacity, Indigenous)
  • R3. 7520 Balaclava Street – Proposed Agricultural Land Reserve Subdivision
  • Motion B2. Turning the Key: Encouraging Affordable Home Ownership in the City of Vancouver
  • Motion B3. A Community Safety and Well-being Framework (corrected)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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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