Election and political signs are used by political parties before, during, and after an election to promote candidates. However, the placement of these signs needs to be balanced with safety.
Political signs incorrectly placed along the highway can be a distraction and a safety hazard for motorists. An election sign, regardless of size or location, can only be placed after an election writ has been issued and needs to be removed within seven calendar days after the election date.
An election sign can be placed and does not require a permit if it is:
- no larger than 3 square metres in area; and
- placed no more than 1 metre from the edge of the highway property line (edge of the right-of-way), as indicated in the green area of the diagram below; or
- outside of the right-of-way and on private land with the property owner's permission.
An election sign cannot be placed if it:
- has one or more flashing lights or moving parts
- resembles an official sign that could cause confusion for motorists;
- interferes with the sight lines of motorists at an intersection or railway crossing;
- is in a ditch, median, roadway or on an approach to a provincial highway or fails to size specifications.
Check with local municipalities about their bylaws regarding an election sign inside the incorporated limits of a city, town, village or other community.
During Non-election period
Signs depicting a political party, their members, potential candidates or other material of a similar nature cannot be placed near a provincial highway during a non‐election period.
These signs, along with most other advertising signs, are not allowed near provincial highways in order to limit the amount of distractions for drivers and to help ensure the general safety of motorists.
Billboards or other signs of a political nature may be placed inside the limits of a city, town, village or other community, if allowed by local bylaws.
The Highways and Transportation Act, 1997 (the Act) and The Provincial Highway Sign Control Regulations, 2012 pursuant to the Act, so that any misunderstandings and adverse impacts to safety are avoided.