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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.