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.
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
Jean Hubert, citizen,
Borough of Rosemont–La