Virtual delegations to start in August

This article, from July 24, contains the latest information about virtual delegations at city committees and meetings moving forward.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Standing committees will soon be hosting virtual delegations, the Hamilton Spectator reported this week, with the expectation that delegations will start in August.

For more details, please continue reading below…

City council recently passed a motion, introduced by Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko, which will start to allow virtual delegations by the public. Currently, the city is only holding virtual meetings, with officials stating in-person meetings in council chambers continues to be, for the moment, a safety concern.

As reported by the Hamilton Spectator, Councillor Danko introduced the motion to ensure that residents would be able to contribute and be heard during the debate over the hosting of the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

This comes in the wake of City Council being insistent on hearing from representatives of the Hamilton 2026 Commonwealth Games group, as well as other Commonwealth Games officials who will make their pitch to Hamilton City Council to host the 2026 games at the August 10 general issues committee.

“It’s been trying, I know, for everybody trying to continue our municipal government functions…I think (allowing virtual public delegations) is an important step.” – Councillor John-Paul Danko

According to the Spec, virtual delegations will be allowed for the general issues, public works, audit, finance and administrative, board of health and emergency and community services committee meetings starting in August.

The city also allows virtual delegations by the public for its planning and heritage committees, as well as the committee of adjustment. Council’s standing committees will be allowed to hold virtual meetings, if there is enough staff to help organize them.

As for some residents who may still see scheduled meetings on the City’s website and wondering if they are happening, according to the Spec the clerk’s office are cancelling those meetings on a “month-to-month basis.”

City hall’s first two floors were reopened June 20 under strict safety protocols, but Emergency Operations Centre director Paul Johnson said that council’s standing committee meetings would continue to be held virtually.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Ward 8 office here.