Hamilton provides one or two meetings each year when residents are invited to speak to city council about the budget.
The second and last for the 2023 budget now under discussion takes place on Monday, February 6 starting at 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for climate activists to advocate directly to city council. Information can be found at https://www.hamilton.ca/city-council/city-administration/city-budget/how-get-involved-budget-process. In the past, it has not been necessary to book a space, but the order of delegates is determined by when one asks (and any that don’t ask can try to get added on the day of the meeting).
The operating budget covers pretty much all of the city’s activity, so there’s no shortage of topics, including transit and other climate issues. This year’s budget is the first since the adoption of the city’s climate change strategy and the establishment of a climate change office headed by Lynda Lukasik. One outstanding issue is the proposal to hire two additional staff for that office (bringing the total to four!).