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 8, 2022 public hearing 

You can sign up to speak about: 

  • Miscellaneous Amendments Concerning Various CD-1 By-laws

The deadline to request to speak to the above item is Thursday, December 8, 2022, 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 6, 2022 Council Meeting

You can speak about:​​

  • R2. Annual Financial Authorities - 2023
  • R3. 2023 Land Assessment Averaging: Notice to BC Assessment Authority
  • R4. Miscellaneous Changes to the Building Board of Appeal By-law
  • B2.  Reducing Barriers and Deepening Affordability for Non-Profit, Co-op and Social Housing in Every Neighbourhood
  • B3.  Establishing Fixed-Rate Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) for Low-Rise and Medium-Rise Projects City-Wide
  • B4.  Reviewing Vancouver’s Age-Friendly Action Plan and Aligning with WHO’s Age-Friendly Cities Framework
  • B5.  Harmonizing City of Vancouver and Provincial Childcare Policies and Licensing Requirements
  • B6. Implementing Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) for the Vancouver Police Department (VPD)

The deadline to request to speak to the above items is Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 8:30 am.  

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December 7, 2022, Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities

You can speak about:

  • Contract Award for Fire Hall No. 9 Consulting Services
  • Contract Award for the City of Vancouver Transition to SAP Cloud
  • Contract Award for Heavy Duty Equipment Rentals and Leases
  • 2022 Community Services and Other Social Grants
  • 102 East Pender Street - Sun Ah Hotel - Heritage Façade Grant - SI-2021-00526 - SI-2021-00527 - SI-2021-00528
  • Closure and Sale of a Portion of Lane Adjacent to 150 West Pender Street

The deadline to request to speak for the above item is Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 8:30 am.

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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 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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