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

January 18, 2022 public hearing

You can sign up to speak about: 

  • CD-1 Rezoning: 1369-1381 Kingsway
  • CD-1 Rezoning: 3304 Kingsway
  • CD-1 Rezoning: 185-193 Southwest Marine Drive

The deadline to request to speak to the above item is Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 5 pm for online requests and from 5:30 pm to 6 pm for phone in requests by calling 604-829-4238.


Request to speak View the full agenda

January 25, 2022 public hearing 

You can speak about:

  • CD-1 Text Amendment: 622-688 Southwest Marine Drive
  • CD-1 Rezoning: 2037-2061 East Broadway
  • CD-1 Rezoning: 7929-7949 Cambie Street
  • CD-1 (776) Text Amendment: 118-150 Robson Street (828 Cambie Street)

The deadline to request to speak for the above items is Tuesday January 25, 2022 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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