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There are a number of ways to get involved. City Council encourages your participation and knows the value of a healthy dialogue between the municipal government and its citizens. 

Suggestions and Concerns

You can phone your Councillor, write a letter or meet with a Member of Council.

Find My Councillor and Ward

How to Interact with Council

Public hearings and community meetings allow Council to canvas a wide segment of the community. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Find Meeting

Council and Committees post all meeting information online. Check the meeting details and review the agenda before arriving. 

Council and Committee Meetings

Request to Speak

Requests to speak must be in reference to a specific item on a Council or Committee meeting agenda.

Online 

Request to Speak

  • Submit online by 4:30pm the afternoon before the meeting
  • You'll receive a request number to reference your submission

Phone
780-496-8178
8am-4:30pm
Monday-Friday

In Person
  • Office of the City Clerk, 3rd floor, City Hall
  • Day of meeting at the entrance to Council Chamber 15 minutes before the meeting

Agendas

Agendas for Council and Committee meetings are published on the Thursday of the week before the meeting, with the exception of Statutory City Council Public Hearing agendas, which are published on the Thursday two and a half weeks before the meeting.

Speaking on behalf of another person

The person will need to complete an Authorization to Speak on Someone's Behalf form and you will need to bring the original, signed form to the meeting.

Handouts and Presentations
  • If you provide handouts to Council, bring 20 copies
  • Give them to the Clerk for distribution to Councillors
  • If you have a presentation, or other media, contact the Office of the City Clerk the day before the meeting 
Security Procedures

Procedure for visitors to Council Chambers and the River Valley Room while Council is in session.

Changes to security procedures are part of a regular security assessment and are intended to make our safe City facilities even safer.

We encourage visitors to arrive 5-10 minutes earlier to accommodate these procedures.

Screening Officers on duty at the public entrance to Council Chambers and the River Valley Room will also be able to answer your questions.


Visitor Screening

Visitors will be screened for possession of prohibited metal items.

  1. Visitors will be asked to empty their pockets of metal objects and to place those objects in a container provided.
     
  2. Visitors will pass through a metal detector and once successfully through, the items in the containers will be returned. They may then proceed to enter.

    If undisclosed metal is detected when passing through the metal detector, an alarm will sound. The visitor will be asked to remove any metal objects on their person and to pass through the detector again.
     
  3. If necessary, a secondary screening involving a visual inspection or the use of a hand-held wand may be completed.

    Backpacks, bags, luggage, large purses and other items are subject to visual inspection before entering Council Chambers and the River Valley Room.

  4. The following are special circumstances for which standard screening procedures may be adjusted as determined by the Screening Officer:
  • Service animals
  • Mobility assistive devices including but not limited to wheelchairs, crutches and canes
  • Medical conditions requiring possession of needles or other medical instruments
  • Religious and ceremonial items

The City of Edmonton reserves the right to alter its screening procedure at any time to ensure the safety of Council and citizens.


Prohibited Items

These items are prohibited inside Council Chambers and the River Valley Room:

  • Ammunition of any type
  • Blades, sharp objects and striking devices
  • Crowbars
  • Devices that operate as noisemakers - including sound amplifiers
  • Disabling chemicals - including chlorine compressed gas cylinders, fire extinguishers, Mace, pepper spray, spillable batteries (excluding those in wheelchairs), spray paint, tear gas, noxious and poisonous substances
  • Edged weapons - including but not limited to scissors, axes, hatchets, ice picks, letter openers, throwing stars, box cutters, utility knives and razor blades
  • Explosives - including ammunition, blasting caps, dynamite, fireworks, flares, gunpowder, hand grenades and plastic explosives
  • Flammable substances - including but not limited to aerosol sprays, flammable fuels, gasoline and gas torches
  • Firearms - real or imitation
  • Fire starters - including smoke and stink bombs
  • Food and beverages - small items may be permitted to those able to show food is required
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Nightsticks and billy clubs
  • Projectiles and items used to propel projectiles - including arrowheads, BB guns or pellets, compressed air guns, flares and flare guns, parts of guns or firearms, slingshots and spear guns
  • Stun guns and devices used to emit a shock
  • Tools - including any sharp or bladed objects
  • Any item deemed inappropriate by a Screening Officer
What to Expect During the Meeting
  1. Bylaws are grouped in time blocks, usually 1:30pm, 2pm, 3:45pm or 7pm
  2. At the start of the time block, the City Clerk will call the bylaws scheduled for that time
    1. If Council is still dealing with bylaws from the previous time the calling of the bylaws will be delayed
  3. The Mayor will call the names of those registered to speak to each bylaw
    1. Stand and identify yourself when called
  4. Administration will give an overview, followed by those who wish to speak in favour, and then those opposed to the bylaw
  5. Each speaker has up to five minutes to make a presentation to Council
    1. The red light on the podium will indicate the end of five minutes
  6. When you're finished, remain at the podium, Council may ask you questions
  7. After all speakers on the bylaw have been heard, Council may ask questions of Administration
  8. The Mayor will ask if anyone wishes to respond to any new information that has been introduced as part of the discussion on the bylaw
  9. Council will close the public hearing and debate the bylaw

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Setup and Ready Services

City Council Chambers 
  • Hearing Loop Technology
  • Real-Time Captioning
Heritage Room
  • Hearing Loop Technology 
River Valley Room
  • Hearing Loop Technology
  • Real-Time Captioning

Book Accessibility Services

Two weeks notice is required.
  • ASL Interpreter
  • Deaf-Blind Intervenor
  • Real-Time Captioning (CART)
  • Assistive Listening Device (ALD)

Email: 311@edmonton.ca
Video Call (VRS): 780-442-5311 
TTY or IP Relay: 311

Hard of Hearing or Deaf Services

Write a Letter

Send a Message

Office of the Councillors

2nd Floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Ensure that your letter is effective:
  • Be brief
  • Explain your question or concern as clearly as possible
  • Include any detailed information with your letter, as a separate document
  • Letters to all members of Council may be sent Care of the Office of the City Clerk for distribution to Council

Depending on the complexity of the issue, your question or concern will be dealt with either by a Councillor, an appropriate department or office, or a Standing Committee of City Council. You may receive an answer by phone or mail. In the case of a Standing  Committee report, you will be advised of the meeting at which the report will be considered. You may request an opportunity to speak to the committee at that time.

Allow several weeks for a response.

Please note:  Information contained in letters to City Council may be made available to the public.

Start a Petition

Petitions are used to express public opinion to Edmonton City Council. A petition is a written request signed by electors of the City of Edmonton, which is presented to City Council. Petitions that meet all legislative requirements can be used to request City Council take action on a specific issue.

Electors

An elector is a person who is qualified to vote in a municipal election according to the Local Authorities Election Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. L-21. 

An elector:

  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Is a Canadian citizen
  • Has resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months preceding the date on which the petition is signed
  • Resides in Edmonton when he or she signed the petition
Business Improvement Area

Petitions in Favour of the Establishment of a Business Improvement Area (BIA)
A BIA is a unique opportunity for businesses to work together to accomplish mutual goals. Customers want safe, interesting and attractive places to shop, dine and conduct business. A BIA is initiated at the request of a business community.
Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development provides the municipal coordinating function for Edmonton's BIAs. Staff provide consultation and planning services related to the establishment and ongoing operation of BIAs. Once the petition has been validated, a Bylaw for establishment of the BIA is presented to City Council for 3 readings.

Petitions Opposed to the Establishment of a Business Improvement Area (BIA)
Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development does not provide a coordinating function for petitions opposing a BIA. The petition will be led by a local organizer in the area.
To be sufficient, the petition must be signed by more than 50% of the taxable businesses in the proposed BIA. The petition must be filed within 60 days, plus a 7 day mailing period, for a total of 67 days from the day a letter stating the request for a BIA was given to the businesses in the proposed area.

Council Correspondence

Council correspondence is also used to express public opinion, or public concern, to City Council. Should a petition be deemed to have not met legislative requirements (such as insufficient signatures), it then becomes Council correspondence. 

The correspondence will be presented to the Office of the City Clerk within the timelines set out. The correspondence, or a summary of the correspondence, will be distributed to members of City Council. All information provided on Council, or Committee, correspondence will be publicly available.

City Council is not required to do anything in response to Council correspondence; however, it will bring your concerns to the attention of all members of City Council.

Send a message to your Ward Councillor
 

Electors on Advertised Bylaws

Petition for a vote of the Electors on Advertised Bylaws or an Advertised Resolution of Council
Petitions against advertised bylaws or resolutions follow the same principles as set out in Public Vote on a Bylaw except there are different time requirements: 

  • In the case of a petition against a bylaw or resolution that has been publicly advertised, the petition must be filed within 60 days from the end of advertisement
  • In the case of a petition against proposed bylaws or resolutions dealing with financial administration, the petition must be filed within 15 days of the last day the bylaw or resolution is advertised
Local Improvement Expression of Interest and Petitions

A local improvement is a project that is considered to be a greater benefit to your neighbourhood than to the municipality as a whole. It is typically undertaken near your property. A local improvement might include alley upgrades, the replacement of concrete sidewalks or the installation of decorative street lighting.

Neighbourhood Renewal

Public Vote on a Bylaw

The rules for preparing and filing a petition seeking a public vote are set out in Section 221 - 226, 232 and 234 of the Municipal Government Act.

The Municipal Government Act gives the Chief Administrative Officer for the City (the City Manager) the authority to tell City Council whether the City received a petition containing enough valid signatures to require a public vote on a bylaw.

The Municipal Government Act permits the City Manager to delegate any responsibilities to an employee of the City. All matters involving petitions have been delegated to the City Clerk.

When a petition is complete, petitioners should contact the Office of the City Clerk at 780-496-8178 to arrange a time to deliver the petition to the City Clerk’s Office.

The Municipal Government Act requires the City Clerk to review the petition and count the valid signatures. Within 30 days of receiving the petition, the City Clerk must declare whether the petition contains sufficient names to require a public vote on a bylaw.

In order to determine whether the petition requires Council to put a bylaw to a public vote, the City Clerk will follow the rules in the Municipal Government Act. Prior to collecting signatures for a petition, please review the legislation to ensure the petition meets all of the legislative requirements. 

The City Clerk may consider the following matters to ensure that the petition meets the legislative rules:

Subject Matter
Electors may petition for a new bylaw, or a bylaw to amend or repeal an existing bylaw. The subject matter of the bylaw can be anything within Council’s power, except for matters falling under these parts of the Municipal Government Act:

  • Financial Matters (Part 8)
  • Assessment of Property (Part 9)
  • Taxation (Part 10)
  • Sustainable Development (Part 17)

If the subject matter of a petition is one of these matters, a vote on the bylaw requested by the petitioners is not required.
 
If the bylaw requested in the petition is a bylaw amending or repealing an existing City bylaw or resolution, the petition seeking repeal or amendment of that bylaw must be filed with the City Clerk within 60 days of the date on which the bylaw or resolution was passed by Council.

If the petition is presented later than 60 days after Council made its decision to pass the bylaw or resolution, a vote on the requested bylaw is not required.

Purpose Statement
Every page of a petition must have the same “purpose statement,” which sets out what bylaw the petitioners are asking Council to put to a vote.

People Allowed to Sign the Petition
Only electors may sign the petition as described above.

Information Electors Have to Provide on the Petition
Every elector signing the petition must provide the following information:

  • The correct municipal address or legal description of the property where the elector resides — business addresses or fictional addresses do not meet the requirement
  • The date on which the petition was signed
  • The elector's signature
  • A printed version of the elector's name

If the elector signing the petition does not provide this information, the signature cannot be counted. An elector cannot sign for any other person.

Witness Obligations
sEvery signature on the petition must be witnessed by an adult person. The witness must sign the document next to the name of the elector whose signature is being witnessed.

The witness must swear an affidavit stating they believe that the elector who signed the petition was entitled to sign the petition.

Dates Signatures Collected
The only signatures that can be counted are ones collected 60 days or sooner from the date on which the petitioner delivered the petition to the City Clerk.

Number of Signatures
The petitioner must obtain enough signatures from electors to equal 10% of the City’s population. The City’s population is determined by the City’s most recent official Census. 

Call the Election and Census Office at 780-496-8008 for the most recent population number.

The only names on the petition that can be counted are ones that:

  • Were collected 60 days prior to the date when the petition was delivered to the City Clerk
  • Appear on a page with the purpose statement
  • Include the elector’s printed name, residential address (or legal description for the residence), signature and the date the elector signed the petition
  • Are witnessed
  • Have affidavits from the witnesses properly sworn before someone legally entitled to commission affidavits in Alberta

Representative Statement
The representative of the petitioners must also sign the petition declaring that they are the representative of the petitioners for all purposes.
 

For More Information

Office of the Councillors

2nd Floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone

780-496-8110

Fax 780-496-8113

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