Public Input Period

Have a comment you want to share with Mayor and Council? The Public Input Period is your opportunity to share your thoughts with Council and have your comments placed on record. Please note that during the Public Input Period, Mayor and Council are there to listen only and will not respond to questions.

Sign Up to Speak

There are two ways to speak during the Public Input Period, in person or virtually. Please review both options and our guidelines below before registering to speak:

Speakers who choose to participate in person must register by signing the speaker list located outside the Council Chamber between 5:30 and 5:50pm on the day of the Council meeting. Enter City Hall from 13th Street after 5:30pm. Please do not submit the online form to speak in person, as it is strictly used to register for virtual participation only.
Via Webex or Phone

Speakers who choose to participate electronically must pre-register by 12:00 noon on the day of the Council meeting by completing the electronic registration form linked below, or by phoning 604-990-4234 to provide contact information. Pre-registrants will receive Webex/phone instructions via email or phone on the afternoon of the Council meeting, including a request to connect to the meeting 15-30 minutes before the meeting start time.

Register to Speak Electronically at a Public Input Period

Speaker Guidelines

The General Rules of Conduct are outlined in Section 12.20 to 12.28 of Council Procedure Bylaw, 2015, No. 8500.

Each speaker has two (2) minutes to address Council, with the number of speakers set at 5 persons per meeting.  

Speakers may only speak on the same matter once in a 3-month period.

Speakers must not comment on:

  • concluded Public Hearings or Public Meetings
  • Public Hearings, Public Meetings, and Committee Meetings scheduled on the same evening’s agenda, or the following week’s agenda if notices have been posted (i.e. an opportunity for public comment on these matters will be provided when the item comes forward for discussion, and can only be recognized and form part of the official record at that time)
  • Zoning Bylaws where a Public Hearing is prohibited under the Local Government Act, or where Council has elected not to hold a Public Hearing when permitted to do so by the Act. 

When speaking, please address the Mayor as “Your Worship” or “Mayor” followed by their surname. Please address Councillors as “Councillor” followed by their surname.

Speakers’ comments will be live-streamed on the City’s website, recorded, and form part of the public record of the meeting.

If a speaker has written material to accompany their comments, the material must be sent to the Corporate Officer at no later than 12:00 noon on the day of the Council Meeting.

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