New rules about election signs being discussed in Oakville

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Published March 5, 2024 at 1:37 pm

Oakville Town Hall

How should the Town of Oakville regulate election signs in the community?

That’s the question being asked by officials and local residents will have several opportunities to provide input.

The bylaw specific to election signs outlines regulations and guidelines regarding the placement, size, duration, and other aspects of municipal, provincial and federal campaign signs during election periods. It also specifies the fines and fees associated with sign removal and other enforcement measures available.

A short questionnaire is open until March 22and will help town staff develop recommendations to the town’s sign bylaw. Revisions will be presented for Council’s approval later this year.

The public can also provide feedback on election sign regulations in person at an Open House on Thursday, Mar. 21, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Bronte Room at Town Hall. Staff will be sharing information about election sign regulations and will be available to answer questions.

Public meetings will also be held in each ward to provide an opportunity for residents to share their thoughts.

The current Sign bylaw includes some of the following regulations:

  • Signs can only be on display for 45 days prior to election day
  • Sign support requirements (wood posts with a diameter of 2 inches or less or metal posts with a diameter of 1⁄4 inches or less)
  • Restrictions on locations where signs may be placed (not within five feet of a fire hydrant or only permitted on main roads)
  • Permit requirements (election candidates must apply for a permit, with a fee that is refundable if by-laws are complied with)

Last year, Council passed a motion to have staff undertake community consultation and report back, including legal advice, on the existing by-law regulations and availability of election signage, and options to further regulate and prohibit election signage, including third party elections signs on public property and the resources and cost of implementation.

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