What's Up At Council on Thursday, November 12?

Welcome back to What's Up At Council, our bi-weekly video series that gives you a glance at what's coming up for discussion and decision making at City Council. 

Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps, this week's video is available here and on the City of Victoria's social media channels. 

Watch What’s Up At Council on Thursday, November 12, 2020 and view this week's Council Meeting Agenda.

Council Meetings – How to Participate

Throughout the global pandemic, City Council has been meeting regularly. Although you can't attend in person due to COVID-19, there are many ways to participate. 

What
City Council meetings are where final decisions are made that will most impact you. Mayor and Council convene twice a month to make decisions about bylaws and development permits, City business such as programs and services, and our Strategic Plan initiatives.

When
Victoria City Council meetings normally occur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. Agendas are posted the Friday before by 3 p.m.

How to Watch a Council Meeting
You can watch the live webcast from the comfort of your home. Council webcasts are archived online so you can view at your convenience. View the 2020 Council Meeting Schedule.

How to Participate in a Virtual Public Hearing
Public hearings are held at Council meetings to provide Victoria citizens an opportunity to share their views on how land in their community is proposed to be used.

During the pandemic, you can indicate your support or opposition to a Virtual Public Hearing item by submitting written comments or a pre-recorded video in advance, or by pre-registering to call-in. Learn more on how to participate in a Virtual Public Hearing.

How to Request to Address Council on a Topic
You can also address Council on a topic other than a public hearing by filling out the Request to Address Council Form. City staff will follow up with you on how to participate via conference call. 

What Was Decided?
Council Highlights provide a snapshot of the progress made on City programs, initiatives and on Council decision-making. Sign up to receive our Council Highlights by emailing engage@victoria.ca.

Who Voted for What?
You can see and track Council voting records at the click of a mouse with the Council Meeting Dashboard. The dashboard makes it easy to see how members of Council voted on a particular motion and gives you more tools to access and analyze information about decisions that impact you. The dashboard begins at the start of Council’s four-year term in November 2018.