Speaking at meetings of your elected officals

Speak at a City Council meeting about an agenda item

Request to speak

Request to speak online after agendas are announced below, usually one week before meetings.

Note Register early to speak earlier.

Meetings you can speak at

Speak to City Council about agenda items at:

  1. Public hearings
  2. Regular Council meetings
    • If Council agrees to hear speakers about an agenda item, it will be moved to the standing committee meeting agenda, usually on the next day.
  3. Special Council meetings
  4. Standing committee meetings
    • City Finance and Services
    • Policy and Strategic Priorities

Deadlines to request to speak

Public hearings

  • Online by 5:00pm on the day of meeting
  • In-person from 5:30pm to 6:00pm on the day of the meeting

If you miss the deadline, attend the meeting and raise your hand when the meeting chair calls three times for any other speakers after all registered speakers are heard.

Regular Council, special Council, and standing committee meetings

  • Online by 9:30am or the start of meeting
  • No requests are taken after the meeting starts

Upcoming meetings

October 17 regular Council meeting

You can speak about:​

  • Year 2018 Licence Fee Increase Report
  • Year 2018 Animal Licence and Services Inflationary Fee Increase
  • Downtown Eastside (DTES) Projects Funding Update: Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program Final Report and Community Economic Development (CED) Funding Allocation
  • Licence Agreement for portions of City owned land at 215 West 1st Avenue and 1850 Spyglass Place to Cultivate Canada for Urban Agricultural Programming
  • Capital Grant towards renovations for the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre 24/7 Shelter in partnership with BC Housing
  • Application for Payment-in-Lieu of Parking at 855 Granville Street
  • Motion on Notice B.2 – Prioritizing New Pre-Sale Homes for Vancouver Residents

Council must agree to hear speakers on these agenda items. If Council agrees, the item is moved to an upcoming standing committee meeting usually on the next day.

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October 17 public hearing

You can speak about:

  1. REZONING:  2221-2223 Main Street
  2. REZONING:  124 Dunlevy Avenue (Roddan Lodge)
  3. REZONING:  618 West 32nd Avenue
  4. REZONING:  8242 Oak Street
  5. REZONING:  a) 2165-2195 West 45th Avenue and b) 2205-2291 West 45th Avenue; and Heritage Designation of the Ryerson Dunbar United Church

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October 18 Standing Committee on City Finance and Services

You can speak about:

  • 2017 Cultural Grant Allocation to Assist Emerging Individual Artists
  • Vancouver Civic Theatres Rental Rates 2018-2019
  • Cultural Services - 1265 Howe Street Artist Studios Cultural Amenity - Tenant Selection and Lease Terms
  • Hodson Manor Lease Recommendation - 1254 West 7th Avenue
  • Vancouver Community Sport Hosting Grants - Fall 2017 Intake
  • Contract Award for 10th Avenue Health Precinct Street Improvements

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Prepare your talk

When it's your turn

How long you can speak for and how to prepare

Presentations and written material

Free WiFi

Track your turn

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.

Track your turn on the @VanCityClerk Twitter feed.

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