Ontario Election – New Canvasser Rules
We previously wrote about provincial and federal elections rules relating to condominiums, especially regarding election signs here: https://ontcondolaw.com/2014/05/15/ontario-election-how-does-it-affect-your-condo/ In anticipation of the upcoming election we take this opportunity to provide some information about canvassers for elections.
Condominium Act, 1998The Act prohibits condominiums and their agents from restricting access to the property by candidates or their representatives for the purpose of canvassing or distributing election materials:
Election Act Section 89.1 of Ontario’s Election Act has been amended since the last election. A candidate, or his or her representative ( a “canvasser”), is entitled to access common areas of multi-residence buildings to distribute materials and talk to residents during an election period. Canvassers must follow the following rules:
118 No corporation or employee or agent of a corporation shall restrict reasonable access to the property by candidates, or their authorized representatives, for election to the House of Commons, the Legislative Assembly or an office in a municipal government or school board if access is necessary for the purpose of canvassing or distributing election material.
- Access is limited to between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., from Monday to Friday, or between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on a Saturday or Sunday;
- At least one person seeking access must be at least 18 years of age;
- Every person seeking access must, on request, provide valid identification; and
- Every person seeking access who is not a candidate must, on request, provide a valid Canvasser Authorization Form from the candidate.
- $500 for the first contravention
- $1,000 for the second contravention
- $2,000 for the third or subsequent contravention.