TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Ontario law imposes blackout periods on
political advertising at different times during a by-election period,
Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa reminds advertisers and
For the September 17 by-election in electoral district of St. Paul's,
there will be a blackout on political advertising from August 19 to August 25,
2009, on the day before Election Day, September 16, 2009 and on Election Day,
September 17, 2009.
During this time, no party, constituency association or candidate, third
party and no person, corporation or trade union, whether acting with or
without the party's, association's or candidate's consent, shall arrange for
or consent to political advertising that appears during the blackout period.
In addition, no broadcaster or publisher shall allow political
advertising to appear during the blackout period. This ban applies to all
media, including the Internet.
The Chief Electoral Officer also reminds advertisers that specific rules
are in effect for third party advertising.
Third party election advertising is political advertising in any medium
that promotes or opposes a political party or the election of a candidate
during the campaign period of an election. Third party advertising is also
subject to the blackout periods required by law.
A person or entity engaging in third party election advertising and
spending $500 or more must register with the Chief Electoral Officer, display
authorization on all election period advertising and subsequently file a
report that discloses all advertising spending and the identity of
contributors who donated more than $100.
A list of all registered third party advertisers will be available on the
Elections Ontario website www.elections.on.ca.
For more information on the advertising guidelines, including some
important exceptions to the blackout requirements visit, www.elections.on.ca.
Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for
administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.
Elections Ontario Media Relations:
416.212.6186 / 1.866.252.2152 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Quick Reference Guide
Important information for all advertising departments
Electors in the electoral district of St. Paul's will be voting in a
provincial by-election on September 17, 2009.
Advertising outlets in broadcast, publishing and other mediums must meet
certain legal obligations when conducting business. The Election Finances Act
also has rules governing advertising by or on behalf of candidates,
constituency associations, political parties and third parties during
More detail is provided in Guideline G23 (found in the media section on
Below is a summary of the most important points for political
BY-ELECTION BLACKOUT PERIODS
For the September 17 by-election in St. Paul's, there will be a blackout
on political advertising from August 19 to August 25, 2009 and on the day
before Election Day, September 16, 2009 and on Election Day, September 17,
The prohibition against the publication of political advertisements does
not apply to:
- genuine news reporting
- the publication of advertising, on polling day or the day before
polling day, in a newspaper that is published once a week or less
often and whose regular day of publication falls on that day
- an advertisement on the Internet or in a similar electronic medium,
if posted before and not altered during a blackout period
- an advertisement in the form of a poster or billboard, if posted
before and not altered during a blackout period
A blackout period restriction does not apply to:
- advertising of public meetings in constituencies
- announcing the location of candidate or constituency offices
- advertising for volunteer campaign workers
- announcing services for electors by candidates or constituency
associations respecting revision of lists of electors
- announcing services for electors on polling day
- any other matter respecting administrative functions of constituency
The above is based on the provision that such advertisements,
announcements and other matters are done in accordance with the guidelines of
the Chief Electoral Officer found on www.elections.on.ca.
LIMITS ON RATES TO BE CHARGED
During a campaign, no person or corporation shall charge a registered
party, constituency association, candidate or third party or any person,
corporation or trade union acting with the party's, association's,
candidate's, or third party's consent, a rate for making political advertising
available in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that exceeds the
lowest rate the person or corporation charges anyone else for the same amount
of equivalent advertising space or time during that period.
AUTHORIZATION OF POLITICAL ADVERTISING
All political printed advertising, handbills, placards, posters and
broadcast or telecast advertisements shall bear or make reference to the name
of the registered party, constituency association, third party, or person,
corporation or trade union authorizing the political advertising. This
1. The name of the person, corporation, trade union, registered party,
registered constituency association, or registered third party that
is causing the political advertisement to appear.
2. The name, business address and telephone number of the individual who
deals with the broadcaster or publisher on behalf of the person or
entity mentioned in paragraph 1.
3. The name of any other person, corporation, trade union, registered
party, constituency association or third party that is sponsoring or
paying for the political advertisement.
The broadcaster or publisher of a political advertisement shall maintain
records for a period of two years after the date the political advertisement
appeared and shall permit the public to inspect the records during normal
A record maintained shall contain the following:
- the information required in paragraphs 1., 2. and 3. (above)
- a copy of the political advertisement, or the means of reproducing it
- a statement of the charge made for its appearance
A political advertisement in any medium shall name:
- the person, corporation, trade union, registered party, constituency
association or third party that is causing it to appear; and
- any other person, corporation, trade union, registered party,
constituency association or third party that is sponsoring or paying
For further information:
For further information: Election Finances Division, Elections Ontario,
Telephone: (416) 325-9401, Toll Free: 1-866-566-9066, www.elections.on.ca