2019 Federal Elections: Important Reminders for Condominium Communities
as you may be aware, campaigning for the Federal election began on September 11, and lasts until we go to vote (everyone is planning to vote, right?) on October 21, 2019.
The voting information is as follows:
Advance voting days:
October 11, 12, 13, and 14 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.:
Parkway Community Centre (55 Forest Manor Road, Toronto)
October 21, 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.:
Emerald City II (66 Forest Manor Road, Toronto).
Other ways to vote:
By special ballot at an Elections Canada office before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.* For more information on voting options, visit elections.ca or call 1-866-238-4605 (TTY / ATS 1-800-361-8935).
*Your nearest Elections Canada office is located at 6 Lansing Square, Suite 105, Toronto.
Shibley Righton LLP, the firm that the Corporation uses as our Legal Counsel (and our Contractor of the Month for June 2019), sent us important information to remind us of the rights of the participating parties, and we believe is important to share with all Residents (see below).
The summarize, the Corporation must allow the parties to canvas (between 9am and 9pm) and, while they may leave materials behind (there is no specific rule on this), the materials left behind may not cause a mess by littering the common areas. If you believe that a party has littered in our building, please email concierge.
Please see below for more information as to the proper procedures during this period of political canvassing.
All the best,
President of the Board of Directors of
Emerald City One - TSCC 2368.
"During the election period, candidates have certain rights under the Canada Elections Act and the Condominium Act, 1998. There are several items which apply to condominiums therefore, the CCI-Toronto Legislative Committee would like to inform members on their obligations during the election period.
The Elections Act is very clear Canvassing, etc., in residential areas :
▪ 81 (1) No person who is in control of an apartment building, condominium building or other multiple-residence building or a gated community may prevent a candidate or his or her representative from
▪ (a) in the case of an apartment building, condominium building or gated community, canvassing, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., at the doors to the apartments, units or houses, as the case may be; or
▪ (b) in the case of a multiple-residence building, campaigning, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., in a common area in the multiple residence.
Section 118 of the Condominium Act also states:
▪ 118 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.
This means that with reasonable limits, those canvassing on behalf of a candidate have the right to access the property. If you or a representative of the community have concerns about persons accessing the property, ensure that you ask for appropriate identification prior to allowing entry.
Right to Leave Materials
There is no specific provision in the Elections Act that allow candidates to leave materials on private property but Sec. 118 of the Condo Act does allow candidates, or their representatives, to distribute election material. It would be reasonable to expect that canvassers should leave any materials in a tidy manner so as not to litter the common elements.
Many condominium corporations have rules which restrict or prohibit Owners and Residents from placing signage in windows or other areas visible from the common element areas. In a Federal Election, condominium corporations may not prohibit the display of advertising posted in an Owner or Residents "own unit". This means that signage may be displayed, with certain restrictions (such as a townhouse owner may not place signage on the front lawn but may be allowed to post same in their front window). Additionally, it is possible to set reasonable limitations such as size or number of posters which are displayed."
-Information directly quoted from Shibley Righton LLP.