Speaking to Council


Helping make decisions

As part of our commitment to open and accessible government, Council encourages public participation in the decision making process.

Speaking at Council meetings - during an emergency (COVID-19)

During the COVID-19 emergency, Council will be changing the way meetings are conducted to ensure the health and safety of Council, staff, and the public. Meetings are being held with Council members and staff participating electronically. Due to the closure of City Hall, members of the public will not be able to attend Council meetings during the emergency. The meetings are streamed live on the City website.

Public participation in the virtual Council meetings will be through registered delegations that will be able to provide written submissions and phone-in verbal presentations during the meetings. Delegations will be required to register by 11 a.m. on the day of the scheduled meeting, which is the same as the regular Council meeting delegation process. There will be no unregistered delegations.

Please be advised that to speak at Public Meetings under the Planning Act you will also be required to register with the Clerk's Office.

Please be aware that meetings are live streamed and they are sometimes broadcast on Cable TV. The meeting minutes will record your name and address.

Requests to speak can be made by submitting the Delegation Request Form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk's Office at 705-742-7777 ext. 1820.

Request to speak at a Council meeting

Other ways to contact Council

A delegation is not the only way to reach Council members and let them know how you feel about an issue. You can telephone or email your interests or concerns directly to Council. This method allows much more detailed information to be provided for reference. You are also welcome to provide written comments to the Clerk's Office or the Mayor's office and we will ensure your comments are forwarded to Council members.