Message from the Mayor: Council meetings have a new start time and day, Tuesday at 1-4, and continuing at 6:30-10pm if necessary. This will offer residents the choice to delegate at an afternoon or evening session, whatever is most convenient for you, and an additional four hours of scheduled council time, if needed, to complete city business and hear from the public.
There have been occasions in the past where council could not finish our business in the evening slot alone, especially on matters with significant public interest and a substantial number of delegations. This created a need to quickly schedule a new date and time to finish business, which residents may not have been able to add to their calendars on short notice.
We also changed the date from Monday to Tuesday to avoid conflicts with holiday Mondays, and the need to reschedule. Tuesdays also provide an additional weekday to prepare for council or register to delegate.
For our first council meeting today at the new time, we had no requests to delegate for either the afternoon or evening session.
We hope these changes will provide more consistency for the date and time of council meetings, provide more time to conduct city business and hear from residents, and provide residents more options to participate depending on what is best for your schedule.
For additional information about the change, and more ways you can connect with City Council please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. – Jan. 19, 2021 — Burlington City Council meetings will be moving to a new day and time in 2021. Starting today, Jan. 19, City Council meetings will take place on Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m., from their previous day and time of Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Watch meetings live
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all City meetings continue to be held virtually. Residents are encouraged to visit burlington.ca/calendar to:
- Watch a live web cast of all city meetings
- Find links to view a copy of the agenda items being discussed at city meetings
- View video recordings of previous meetings.
“Shifting Council meetings from Monday to Tuesday ensures better customer service. It not only improves the delegate experience and aligns delegate deadlines with standing committees, but also provides Council members time to receive information and prepare amendments.” — Amanda Fusco, Manager of Records & Information
Ways to communicate with Burlington City Council
Communicating with members of Council to participate in the decision-making process at City Council and Committee meetings, is important. Below is a list of ways the public can connect with City Council:
- Speak at an upcoming Committee or Council meeting – Speaking, or delegating, at a board, committee or City Council meeting is a great way to share views with members of City Council. Speakers (delegates) are given 10 minutes to share their comments at a Committee or board meeting, and five minutes at a City Council meeting. Registration is required to speak at a meeting and comments must relate to an item on the agenda. Learn more
- Make a presentation at an upcoming Committee or Council meeting – Local boards, agencies, commissions, City staff and other levels of government may submit a request to make a presentation at an upcoming standing committee meeting. Presentations must address matters relevant to the city and seek to provide information or receive input from members of the Committee. Presentations are heard at the beginning of Committee meetings and a maximum of 10 minutes is provided. Learn more
- Submit correspondence – the Office of the City Clerk can assist in distributing correspondence from the public to member of City Council. Learn more
- Submit a petition – The Office of the City Clerk accepts petitions related to matters listed on an upcoming standing Committee agenda. A petition is a written request signed by more than one member of the public in support of a shared cause or concern. A petition may be presented in paper format, electronically or using an online system for petitions. Learn more
- Contact your Councillor directly – Residents may contact members of Council directly about city and regional matters. All members of Burlington City Council are also Regional Councillors at Halton Region. Contact information for City Council is available at burlington.ca/council.
- Council is the governing body for the city, with seven members elected by the residents of Burlington for a four-year term of office through the municipal election process.
- For the purpose of representation on City Council, the City of Burlington is divided into six wards. For assistance locating the member of Council in your ward, visit burlington.ca/council
- Council conducts its business using the Standing Committee system. The four Standing Committees offer policy and operational recommendations to City Council on an ongoing basis. Council decisions require support from a majority of the members present at a meeting. Council must have at least four members present to conduct its business.
Links and Resources:
- Learn more about the role of City Council
- Burlington Council Unanimously Approves Extending COVID-19 Related Bylaws to Dec. 31, 2021
- Council Endorses Proposed Terms of Reference in City’s Housing Strategy Phase 1
- Burlington Council Approves 2021 Capital Budget with Investments in Renewal of City Assets and Infrastructure
- Burlington’s CSSRA Committee gets list of Mayor’s Planned Virtual Conferences for 2021
- Committee Recommendations Approved at Jan. 19 Burlington Council Meeting
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist