Council Meetings

Council Meeting Dates

City Council meetings are generally held every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 50 Church St.

2020 Council Meeting Dates

Download the 2020 Council Meeting Dates (PDF format) 

  • January 13 and 27
  • Please note: The January 27 Council Meeting will begin at
    6 p.m. with an In-Camera session for the following reason:
    • Confidential – Niagara Symphony Request
      (In-Camera Pursuant to By-law 2015-170, Section B20.3(i) A trade secret or scientific, technical, commercial, financial or labour relations information, supplied in confidence to the municipality or local board, which, if disclosed, could reasonably be expected to prejudice significantly the competitive position or interfere significantly with the contractual or other negotiations of a person, group of persons, or organization)
    • The Regular Council Meeting will proceed as scheduled at
      6:30 p.m.
  • Janaury 15 (special Council Meeting regarding CIP education)
  • February 10 and 24
  • March 9 and 23
  • April 6 and 20
  • May 4 and 25
  • June 8 and 22
  • July 13
  • August 10
  • September 14 and 28
  • October 5 and 19
  • November 2, 16 and 30
  • December 14 (December 15 temporarily being held)

Procedural By-Law

Meetings of Council are regulated by the City's Procedural By-Law.


Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Use the table below to view agendas and minutes for City Council and General Committee Meetings.

  • Minutes are typically added 5 to 8 business days after meetings
  • The video module is not currently active. Please visit our City Council Livestream Archive webpage to view the livestream of previous Council meetings. 

Appointments To Address City Council

Requests to appear before City Council must be submitted in writing to the Office of the City Clerk at least five days prior to the meeting (e.g. for a Monday City Council meeting the request must be submitted by Wednesday).

Requests to address City Council must be related to matters on the agenda. No business shall be introduced at a meeting which has not been included on the agenda for the meeting. View the agendas for upcoming City Council meetings.

Written requests to appear before City Council must include the following:

  1. Speaker's name
  2. Address (including postal code)
  3. Phone number or email address
  4. The date of the meeting at which you wish to speak
  5. A brief statement about the nature of the business to be presented

Email the Clerks Department to submit your request to address City Council

Please note: Your request may be referred to an advisory committee or board where appropriate.

Please be advised that presenting to City Council is a public process. The City of St. Catharines livestreams meetings of City Council and meetings are broadcast live on YourTV Niagara. Archived versions of City Council meetings are also available for viewing on the City's website. Any materials submitted including pictures, presentations, written submissions, etc., will form part of the public agenda and record.

Presentation Materials During Council Meetings

  • All material(s) to be distributed to City Councillors as part of a presentation at a Council Meeting and / or PowerPoint presentations being shown at Council Meetings must be provided to the Office of the City Clerk in advance for the City Clerk to review.
  • Materials and PowerPoint presentations must be provided to the Office of the City Clerk by noon at least four days before the Council meeting for review (e.g. for a Monday City Council meeting, materials must be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk by noon Thursday).
  • Materials and PowerPoint presentations can be submitted electronically for review. If you are unable to submit an item electronically, it is the presenter's responsibility to bring the item in person to the Office of the City Clerk for review.
  • Materials and PowerPoint presentations may be refused at the discretion of the City Clerk.
  • PowerPoint is the only digital file format that is permitted for presentations. PDFs, JPGs, Word Documents or presentations received in any other digital file formats will not be accepted.
  • If you are planning to circulate paper copies of material(s) at a Council Meeting you must provide 24 copies for distribution. It is the presenter's responsibility for providing copies - the Office of the City Clerk cannot print material for presenters.
  • PowerPoint presentations do not need to be printed for circulation.
  • It is the presenter's responsibility to ensure they have the permission and rights for the use of any material used as part of their presentation to City Council, including text, images, graphics, video, artwork or recordings.
  • By submitting information, including in print or electronic format, for presentation to City Council, 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.

Rules for addressing City Council

  • The Chair will announce when it is your turn to present to City Council. The Sergeant at Arms will escort you to the lectern.
  • The lectern is height adjustable, and the Sergeant at Arms can assist you in setting the appropriate height for the lectern.
  • Remember to introduce yourself, as well as anyone who may be accompanying you to the lectern. State the reason for your presentation.
  • Speakers are limited to five (5) minutes.
  • 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 Chair. The proper protocol is to say, “Through you, Mr./Madam Chair” or, if the Mayor is chairing the meeting, “Through you, Your Worship.”
  • 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.
  • After your presentation, the Sergeant at Arms will escort you back to the gallery.

Niagara Region Council Meetings

Regional government council meetings are organized by the Niagara Region. Please visit the Niagara Region website for information on addressing Regional Council.

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