What you Should Know About Campaigning

The purpose of campaigning is to convince the electorate that you are the best candidate for the position. You may do that in any number of ways; by talking to people, preparing signs, brochures, using social media pages or websites, and by talking to the media.

As you plan your campaign, you should be aware that there are legislative standards relating to campaign brochures, signs and general conduct. Don't forget to check with your municipality as there may be bylaws that address campaign activities including, but not limited to, the use and placement of campaign signs.

Brochures, Flyers and Other Literature
  • Campaign material is not permitted at voting stations
  • You cannot print a specimen ballot marked for a candidate
  • Check with the local school boards on their policies regarding campaign brochures and the placement of signs
General Conduct

You may campaign in public places provided you use common sense. You may campaign on roadways provided you are not a hazard to drivers or pedestrians. You may be required to produce identification proving your status as a candidate or campaign worker in the following situations: a building with more than two residences and in mobile home parks. Identification is not required for single family residences.

See Section 52, of the Local Authorities Election Act.
Restricted Locations
Voting Stations:

Candidates and campaign workers are not permitted to campaign at voting stations during voting hours. Campaign literature may not be displayed or circulated at the voting stations. Candidates and campaign workers are not permitted to talk to the voters about the election in the voting station.

Schools and Other Public Areas:

Please check with your local school board office(s) and municipal offices for restrictions concerning their properties and premises.

Campaigning on Election Day:

There are some restrictions that apply to campaigning on Election Day. These restrictions are set out in the Local Authority Election Act, but other provincial legislation and local bylaws and policies may apply depending on the activity. It is your responsibility to ensure the legislation, local bylaws and policies are adhered to.

You or your agents are not permitted to:
  • Be present at the bed-to-bed component of the institutional vote,
  • Distribute any type of campaign literature or advertisements i.e. brochures, signs, posters, handbills, newspaper advertisements at the voting station
  • Solicit votes at the voting station
  • Interfere with a voter who is in the process of voting
  • Engage in bribery or undue influence
Penalties - You may risk fines up to $10,000, imprisonment for as long as six months or both.

See Sections 148 and 153, of the Local Authorities Election Act