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Signs

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 does not regulate signs. Your local municipality may have rules in place about when you can put up campaign signs, and how signs may be displayed on public property.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your campaign signs are removed after voting day. Your municipality may require a sign deposit or have penalties for failing to remove your signs. You should contact your local clerk for more information.

If you are entitled to have your nomination fee refunded (see Nominations), the clerk cannot make removing your signs an additional condition for receiving your refund.

Getting information out

The municipal clerk is not responsible for providing your contact information to voters. It is up to you to provide voters with information about you as a candidate and about your campaign.

All candidates’ debates

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 does not require candidate debates to be held, and the municipal clerk is not responsible for organizing meetings or debates. Debates could be organized by community groups, media outlets, candidates or any other interested person.

Joint campaigns/Running on a slate

There is nothing in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 that would prevent like-minded candidates from campaigning on the same platform or identifying themselves as a group or slate. However, each candidate must keep their campaign finances separate and any joint expenses (for example, signs with two candidate’s names on them) must be divided between the campaigns.

For information on campaign finance rules please see Campaign Finance.