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The consultation process

Public consultation meeting or public hearing?

These two consultation formats are those most frequently used by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal. City Council commissions and borough meetings most often use the public consultation meeting format.

Public consultation meeting

Single-session consultation that includes the presentation of the project, questions from citizens, and expression of opinions. If need be, there may be one or more extra sessions.

Public hearing

Consultation held in several sessions, in two distinct blocks. The time period between the two must be sufficiently long to allow citizens to finalize their points of view and, as the case may be, write a brief for presentation during the second block, which is reserved for the expression of opinions.


“I regularly attend public consultations, and often see citizens who don’t have much experience speaking in public. At first, they are a little embarrassed, but the chairperson quickly puts them at ease and makes their task easier. They are listened to very carefully and non-judgmentally.”

Jean Hubert, citizen,
Borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie