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Access for Canvassers

Canvassing can take place at any time. For the Kitchener Centre by-election on November 30, canvassers have the right to access multiple-residence buildings from November 1 to 30. It is an offence, with certain exceptions, to deny access to canvassers from November 1 to 30. It is not an offence to deny canvassers access before or after November 1 to 30.

If you are canvassing during an election period, you need to know the rules that apply to you under the Election Act.

The election period begins the day the writ is issued and ends on election day.

Access for canvassing during the following times is not governed by the Election Act and is therefore not regulated by Elections Ontario:

  • outside of an election period; and
  • during the election period but outside of the hours specified.

You are not allowed to falsely represent yourself as working for Elections Ontario, a candidate, a constituency association or a political party.