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Your opinion is important and by sharing your thoughts you have an impact on neighbourhood and city-wide decisions.

One of the great things about your local government is that councillors and the mayor are accessible to the public.

If you’re not sure who your councillor is visit and type in your address under “Search by Address or Place”. You can contact your councillor to:

  • share your opinion
  • find out what is going on in your community
  • get help accessing City services
  • join their mailing list
  • invite them to a community event or meeting

Community council and standing committee meetings are an opportunity to voice your opinion directly to the members of City Council. You can submit comments in writing or request to speak. By visiting the City Council website and selecting the committee you are interested in, you can:

  • review a committee’s agenda
  • read the minutes from a previous meeting
  • contact the committee clerk in writing – contact information for the council or committee will be in the top right hand corner of the committee page selected
  • request to speak for up to five minutes on anything listed on an agenda by registering in advance with the committee clerk

Full information about submitting a comment is available by visiting the Have your say web page.

City staff consult the public in a variety of ways to gather input about local or city-wide issues through meetings, open houses, online forums and more. You can find out what is happening and make sure your opinions are considered by participating in a consultation.

Petitions can be submitted to the City Clerk or a member of City Council about an item on the agenda of a Committee or City Council meeting.

The petition, including all the names of those who have signed it become part of the public record.

By reviewing page 20 of the procedure by-law you will find rules about:

  • submitting a public petition
  • who to submit the petition to, based on the agenda
  • how to introduce a new matter to a Council or Committee agenda
  • the actions taken on a public petition

Households or businesses may receive information by mail from the City about a local poll. The City conducts polls to gather opinions about a possible change in your community.

The next municipal election is Monday, October 22, 2018. Eligible voters can vote for mayor, councillor and school board trustee. A by-election can happen between general elections if a City Council or school board seat becomes vacant.