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Media Rules During an Election

These guidelines explain the laws that affect media coverage and the use of social media during Ontario provincial elections. Below, you will find information on the advertising blackout period and the rules that the media must observe in voting locations.

This page also includes our guidelines for how to use online communications responsibly during an Ontario election. The rules set out in the Election Finances Act for print and broadcast media apply to websites, email and social media (for example, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs).

If you have a specific question, please contact us.

Please note: It is an offence under the Election Finances Act to publish, broadcast or transmit election survey results on Election Day if those results have not previously been made available to the public. This rule also applies to websites, email and social media.