Speak Before Council

A Community Delegation is any citizen or group of citizens who represent a recognized community group or organization who wish to make a presentation at a meeting to address existing or proposed municipal policies or initiatives.

Community Delegations are usually heard by a Committee of Council. Requests from Community Delegations that have a budget impact not included in the current year’s budget should speak to a Member of Council who may request by Motion that a business case for funding be prepared by staff for the following year’s budget process.

Making a Request to Appear

Presentations by Community Delegations are added to an agenda at the discretion of the Clerk.  Requests to appear are required to be submitted to the Clerk a minimum of three weeks prior to the requested meeting date.

Community Delegations are required to submit a letter, preferably written on community group or organizational letterhead, or from the organization’s email account, describing how the presentation will relate to existing or proposed municipal policies or initiatives and the desired outcome of the presentation.

The letter must include:

  • a primary contact name,
  • telephone number,
  • mailing address,
  • email
  • the name(s) of the individual(s) who will make the presentation. A maximum of three people may appear at the podium at the same time.

Email the letter to clerks@greatersudbury.ca or mail or deliver the letter of request to: 

Clerk’s Services, Tom Davies Square,
200 Brady Street,
Box 5000, Station A,
Sudbury, ON P3A 5P3

Clerk’s Services will review the letter of request in context of the City of Greater Sudbury’s Procedure By-Law 2019-50 to determine if the topic is appropriate as an agenda item.

If the topic is appropriate as an agenda item:

  • municipal staff will contact the delegation representative with the scheduled date and time for the presentation and
  • the letter of request will be included in the agenda for the chosen meeting date. All information contained in the letter, including names, is available to the public through the meeting agenda.

Please note that if the agenda for the requested date is full, an alternative date will be suggested.

In some circumstances, a Community Delegation may not be placed on an agenda, in which case the information provided may be circulated for information.

Before the Meeting

  • Prepare your presentation. As a general rule, one slide is equal to approximately one minute of speaking time. 
  • Community Delegations have a maximum of 10 minutes to speak at meetings of Council and Council Committees.
  • Provide any background materials to Clerk’s Services at least one week before the meeting to allow time for duplication.
  • Provide any visual aids, such as PowerPoint presentations to Clerk's Services at least one day before the meeting. 
  • It is the Community Delegation's responsibility to ensure that prior to submission of presentation materials to the City of Greater Sudbury, consent has been obtained for the Collection of Personal Information and use of pictures and their disclosure to the general public in print, digital, electronic, audio or any other format.
  • By submitting information, including print or electronic information, for presentation to City Council or Committee you are indicating that you have obtained the consent of persons whose personal information is included in the information to be disclosed to the public.

Please be advised that this is a public process. The City of Greater Sudbury livestreams meetings of Council and Committees and any materials submitted including pictures, presentations, written submissions, etc., will form part of the public agenda. All agenda content is a permanent record of the corporation.

At the Meeting

  • Wait until the Chair announces your presentation before going to the podium.
  • Remember to introduce yourself, as well as anyone who may be accompanying you to the podium (up to three people). State the reason for your presentation.
  • The Chair of the meeting is responsible for conducting the meeting and ensuring proper meeting decorum. Always follow directions and instructions from the Chair.
  • Address your presentation and answers to any questions to the chairperson. The proper protocol is to say, “Through you, Mr./Madam Chair” or, if the Mayor is chairing the meeting, “Through you, Your Worship.”
  • Make eye contact with your audience and try not to read directly from your slides or speaking notes. Many excellent resources for effective speaking and presentation techniques are available online and at the Greater Sudbury Public Library.
  • Once you have finished speaking, remain at the podium until you have been thanked by the Chair. The Chair may ask you to answer questions. Please wait for direction from the Chair before responding to comments or questions from the members.

Meetings are held in English, but delegations may address Members in either English or French.

Notice of Collection

Personal information is collected under the authority of section 10 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 for the purpose of registering a Community Delegation for a presentation to Greater Sudbury Council or Council Committees. The originator's name and address, and that of other members of the Community Delegation, as well as any material submitted, become part of the public record, may be viewed by the general public and may be published in a report to Council, included in a Council Agenda and posted on the City's website. Questions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of this personal information may be addressed to the Deputy City Clerk at PO Box 5000, Stn A, 200 Brady St. Sudbury, ON, P3A 5P3. Telephone 705-674-4455, ext. 4209.