What is a Petition and what to expect?
Petitions may be presented to a Meeting of Council, Community Board, or Ward Committee, as long as the subject matter falls within the terms of reference of the intended meeting.
Every petition must contain at least 20 signatures and consist of fewer than 150 words (not including signatories) and not be disrespectful, use offensive language or include malicious statements.
They must be received by the Chief Executive at least five (5) working days before the date of the Meeting at which they will be presented.
A petitioner who presents a petition to a Meeting of Council, Community Board, or Ward Committee, may speak for five (5) minutes (excluding questions) about the petition, unless the meeting resolves otherwise.
Where a petition is presented as part of a Deputation or Public Forum, the speaking time limits relating to Deputations or Public Forums shall apply.
Please be advised the Chairperson must terminate the presentation of the petition if he or she believes the petitioner is being disrespectful, offensive or making malicious statements.