CONDO ARCHIVES

Election Canvassing

September 2015

Politicians running for election in federal, provincial or municipal elections have the right to canvas on condo corporation property during election periods.

Section 118 of the Condo Act allows election candidates to canvas on condo property.

The Canada Elections Act allows canvassing from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

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.

The Canada Elections Act also states ”no condominium corporation or any of its agents may prohibit the owner of a condominium unit from displaying election advertising posters on the premises of his or her unit.” There is no mention of access to common areas for placement of posters or signs.

Rules differ for Federal, Provincial and Municipal elections.

Reasonable access to property must be permitted.

 

Canvassing Signs
Federal Canada Elections Act
Permits canvassing between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. unless well-being of residents is at risk.
Condo Act
Reasonable access to property must be permitted.
Canada Elections Act
Allows owners to post signs on units allowing conditions on size and type.
May prohibit signs on common elements if in declaration or rules.
Provincial Condo Act
Reasonable access to property must be permitted.
May prohibit if stated if in declaration or rules.
Municipal Condo Act:
Reasonable access to property must be permitted
May prohibit if stated if in declaration or rules.