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City of Burnaby to Hold Virtual Public Hearings

Beginning June 9, the City of Burnaby’s public hearings will use a virtual format, to ensure residents can participate in local government in a way that safeguards public health while ensuring city business can proceed.

Virtual public hearings will allow the public to conveniently provide comments to Council from the safety of their home, ensuring physical distancing guidelines are followed.

Based on guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, the City cancelled public hearings scheduled for March 24 and April 27. The agenda items from the cancelled hearings will be considered at the June 9 virtual public hearing. To protect our vulnerable residents, there will be no in-person attendance at these public hearings.

Public hearings are an important part of the municipal process, and the City will provide ways for residents to voice their opinions at virtual public hearings.

The virtual public hearings will be livestreamed on Burnaby.ca, so residents can watch online.

Beginning June 9, residents can participate in the following ways:

  • Written Submissions: Written comments regarding any public hearing items can be sent via email, fax or Canada Post. This existing procedure is unchanged with electronic/virtual meetings. 
  • Electronic/Virtual Participation: Public may participate in the electronic/virtual meeting via Zoom webinar. A meeting link and access instructions will be outlined on the City’s website, as well as advertising in newspapers and social media.
  • Phone Conferencing: Residents may also listen in and have their say through teleconferencing. Dial-in instructions will be outlined on the City’s website, as well as advertising in newspapers and social media.

For more details, including meeting and participation information, visit Public Hearings.

The ability to conduct public hearings by means of electronic or other communications is authorized by a Ministerial Order (M139) and the Local Government Act (S465(3)) while B.C.’s State of Emergency is in effect. The City of Burnaby intends to ask the Province to consider an alternative mechanism that would permit electronic/virtual public hearings to continue for as long as physical distancing guidelines are in place.

For more information contact:

Office of the City Clerk
604-294-7290 | Clerks@burnaby.ca

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