There are many ways for you to share your views with Regional Council.
The Municipal Clerk’s Office can help you with distributing correspondence to Regional Council, community councils, and boards and committees.
Your comments must include at least your first initial and last name—anonymous submissions will not be distributed.
If your comments are more than three (3) pages long, you must provide copies to the Municipal Clerk's Office.
Your written comments will be distributed to Members of Regional Council, community council, or board/committee, as well as to relevant staff. They will be kept on file as part of the official public record.
As part of the public record, your comments will be distributed to other members of the public on request. Your signature and contact information will be removed before your comments are distributed to the public; however, your full submission may be viewed by request in the Municipal Clerk's Office.
Learn about how public hearings work and how you can participate.
You may request to make a presentation to Regional Council, a community council, a standing committee, or a board, committee or commission. Possible outcomes of requests include:
- placement on an agenda
- referral to a different meeting group (standing committee, community council, or other board/committee)
- referral to staff
- determination that only written submissions will be received on the topic
- if subject matter is outside the jurisdiction of the Halifax Regional Municipality, refusal of the request
See Administrative Order One, Sections 44 and 45 [PDF] for more information about the process for making and evaluating requests for a presentation.
If you have questions or would like more information on making a presentation, please contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office.
Learn how to develop and submit a petition, and what happens to petitions after they’ve been submitted.
Public submissions to the Committee of the Whole on budget
Committee of the Whole meetings on budget are held to consider the proposed budgets and business plans of the municipality for the next fiscal year. Time is given during each meeting to allow you to provide verbal comments about the budget to council.
Each person may speak for up to five minutes. If more than one person appears representing a group in relation to a particular topic, the Chair may require that you choose one person who will speak on behalf of the group.
If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office.
Public participation guidelines for community councils and standing committees
Time is given at the end of each community council and standing committee meeting (except Appeals Standing Committee) for you to provide comments to councillors, through the Chair. All participants are asked to follow these guidelines:
- Each person may speak for up to five minutes.
- Topics which are scheduled for an upcoming Public Hearing or Appeal Hearing may not be addressed during public participation.
- Comments should be respectful, relevant to the type of meeting, and directed to the Chair.
- If more than one person appears representing a group in relation to a particular topic, the Chair may require that you choose one person who will speak on behalf of the group.
- Your name, community, and comments will be recorded in the minutes, and no further action will be taken that day. The members may or may not choose to take any action at a future meeting.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office.
Contact a councillor directly
You can contact any member of Regional Council directly. Find out how to get in touch.