Be prepared for a colourful streetscape to begin appearing over the next week. And then again starting in August.
The provincial election is June 12. The municipal election is Oct. 27.
Calls are already pouring into the city about election signs and the associated rules. Sue Jones, the general manager in charge of bylaw, sent council the rules today. Here’s her memo:
Mayor and Members of Council,
Following Friday’s call for the Ontario Provincial election for June 12, 2014, By-law & Regulatory Services has received a number of questions from residents with respect to the sign by-laws and the rules regarding election signs. Members of Council may be receiving similar questions from residents. The following is a summary of the rules:
1. The sign by-laws rules for election signs are equally applicable to federal, provincial and municipal elections – there is no differentiation based on the duration of the election period;
2. Election signs on private property, such as lawns and businesses, are permitted 60 days in advance of an election day;
3. Elections signs on public property, such as road allowances, are permitted 30 days in advance of an election day;
4. Election signs must be removed within 48 hours of an election event;
5. The signs by-laws, like all by-laws, is administered on a complaint basis.
By way of background, I have attached the full text of the 2004 by-law as well as the 2007 amendment. As well, there is a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can be found here: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/laws-licenses-and-permits/laws/regulations-elections-signs. The Elections Office provides a similar page for the municipal election: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/your-city-government/elections/campaigning-and-sign-restrictions.
As well, the Signs on City Roads By-law (2003-520) includes provisions for election signs, as does the Temporary Signs on Private Property By-law (2004-239).
Members of Council are encouraged to send any calls from campaigns directly to 311. Campaigns may have additional questions, such as signage around voting locations, that may be governed by relevant election legislation but may also be addressed in our own by-laws and are best answered by staff.