Once a petition has been accepted and ratified, the Right of Initiative requires that a public consultation take place in order to consider the proposal. Here are the main steps, which are consistent with the Montréal’s public consultation and participation policy Schedule for preparations and the public consultation
No more than 21 days following conformity of the petition, a schedule will be transmitted to the contact person in your group. The public consultation will be held within a reasonable period following delivery of the schedule.
The City or borough named in your request is responsible for gathering all information necessary to initiate a constructive dialogue during the public consultation.
Notice announcing the public consultation
At least 15 days before the beginning of the consultation, a notice outlining your proposal will be published on the Ville de Montréal website, indicating where documentation can be obtained, as well as the date, time and place of the consultation. For a borough, the notice will be published on its website and in a local newspaper.
Responsibility for the consultation
Where a borough is concerned, the consultation is held by the borough council, one of its committees, or any committee or group of designated persons, as the council concerned may decide.
Where the City is concerned, the consultation is held by one of the Council Committee
(in French) or by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal
(in French), at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
Protocol for a public consultation
The consultation takes place in two phases:
- Part I: representatives of the City or borough will present information and answer questions from citizens. This is when those who have submitted the request will be required to explain the reasoning behind their request for a public consultation.
- Part 2: which shall take place at least 15 days later; everyone will have the opportunity to express an opinion or submit a briefs.
Report and follow-up
Those in charge of the consultation will publish a written report within 90 days following termination of the proceedings.
The report will itemize all concerns and opinions expressed at the hearing, analyze the proposals and draw conclusions or formulate recommendations, but will not render a decision.
The borough council or City Council, as the case may be, will inform citizens of the findings of the public consultation and, depending on the case, announce decisions that may be made and the reasons behind them.