WATCH ABOVE: Candidates Adam Vaughan and Olivia Chow spend most of their time canvassing voters in condo and apartment buildings in the downtown Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York. Mark McAllister reports.
TORONTO — Federal election signs have started popping up throughout Toronto, but candidates and supporters need to be careful.
The rules for where signs can be placed depend on the property that they’re being put.
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Elections Canada has set regulations that apply to private property as well as public spaces. Toronto has a Municipal Code that offers rules for federal elections as well.
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Signs on private property have to be posted with the consent of the owner or occupant of the property. They’re also not supposed to interfere with vehicular traffic or pedestrians.
Public property is generally off limits for election signs except along roadways with conditions.
Among the rules: signs are not allowed to be placed between the curb and sidewalk, within 15 metres of an intersection or crosswalk and consent from the owner of the property next to the sign is needed.
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There are differences in the rules for election signs in apartment buildings and condos.
Tenants are allowed to put up election signs on the premises they lease in an apartment building without property owners interfering.
Condo corporations also don’t have the right to keep owners from erecting signs on the units they own.
Conditions can be set by property owners and condominium corporations on the size of the sign though and prohibit them in common areas.
Signs can be removed if they don’t follow provincial or municipal laws, after the person who authorized the posting is informed.