Rules for Canvassers and Surveys
If you are canvassing or conducting surveys during an election period, you need to know the rules that apply to you under the Election Act.
You are not allowed to falsely represent yourself as working for Elections Ontario, a candidate, a constituency association or a political party.
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 already been made available to the public. This includes posting them on websites, and transmitting them via email and social media. It also applies to any opinion survey of how electors voted or will vote, or any survey about an issue with which a political party or candidate is associated.
Under new legislation, a candidate, or his or her representative must legally have access to the common areas of multiple-residence buildings (such as an apartment or condominium), to distribute materials and canvass residents during an electoral event.
These are the rules that have to be followed for accessing a multiple-residence building:
- The access must be 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 documents; and
- Every person seeking access who is not a candidate must, on request, provide valid written authorization from the candidate.
However, being allowed access to a multiple-residence building does not apply in the case of a building whose residents’ physical or emotional well-being may be at risk, or a building occupied by residents who require assisted living.
If you as a candidate, or your designate, are refused access to a multiple-residence building, you should immediately notify the Returning Officer for your electoral district.