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Reminder: 2018 Municipal Election Communication Rules for City Councillors

2018 Municipal Election Communication Rules for City Councillors

As you may already know, there is a municipal election coming up this fall on October 22, 2018. The recently amended Municipal Elections Act, 1996 ("Act") now requires municipalities to establish rules and procedures with respect to the use of municipal resources during the election period. To preserve the public trust and integrity of the elections process, the City’s Policy sets out provisions that address: (1) access to City facilities during an election period, (2) access to City resources during an election period, (3) access to City information during an election period, (4) attendance at City events during an election period, and (5) restrictions to services provided to Members of City Council beginning August 1 of an election year.

These rules stipulate that City Councillors are not permitted to send out communications to constituents after August 1st. These rules were recommended by City staff, as required by provincial legislation, and approved by City Council, in order to ensure that City resources are not used for election purposes.

This means that my office is not permitted to send out information in e-newsletters, or print newsletters, after this date. If there is an emergency, my office is permitted to communicate with constituents regarding this emergency. However, after August 1st, regular e-mail newsletters are not permitted.

To ensure that residents are notified of this rule, I will include this reminder in my email newsletters for the next number of weeks. Here are additional details with respect to these rules:

  • After August 1st, City Councillors are not permitted to:
    • Send out email newsletters or print newsletters
    • Host or organize meetings or events

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