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Candidates and public invited to information session to learn about Election Sign Bylaw

September 10, 2019 -

On Aug.13, city council passed Bylaw Number 2019-100, "A Bylaw To Regulate Election Signs in the City of Kingston". This Bylaw contains a number of new rules with respect to the placement of election signs in Kingston. The new Election Sign Bylaw will be enforced during the upcoming Federal Election in October.

Candidates, campaign teams and members of the public are encouraged to attend a public information session being hosted by the City of Kingston on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Rooms A & B at the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd. Atttendees will be provided with information and have an opportunity to ask questions with respect to the new Election Sign Bylaw. 

"The biggest change to the Election Sign Bylaw is council's decision to prohibit election signs on all City property, including boulevards along streets," says Kyle Compeau, acting supervisor, licensing & enforcement for the City of Kingston. 

Election signs will only be permitted on private property with the permission of the property owner or occupant.

Other key changes to the Election Sign Bylaw include the following:

  • All election signs are prohibited on or adjacent to a cemetery;
  • All election signs are prohibited within 50 metres of a voting place on any advance voting day and voting day;
  • Election signs on private property shall be no larger than 1 metre (3.25 feet) by 2 metres (6.5 feet) and no higher than 2.15 metres (7 feet) above ground level, except for campaign office election signs, billboard election signs and vehicle wraps; and
  • No more than two election signs per candidate are permitted on each residential or non-residential street frontage of a private property.

Election signs, billboard election signs and campaign office election signs for the upcoming Federal Election must be in accordance with the bylaw and may only be placed after the Writ of Election is issued. All election signs must be removed within 96 hours after voting day.

Candidates, campaign teams and members of the public are also encouraged to review a complete copy of Bylaw Number 2019-100 which is available on the City of Kingston website.