When Should I Complain?


'Householder' is a term used by the House of Commons that refers to printed materials distributed by Members of Parliament to communicate their activities and issues to their constituents. Householders are not prohibited under the Canada Elections Act, however, they may be considered election advertising depending on the date they entered the postal system.

In most cases, householders entering the postal system during an election period will constitute election advertising. There are some exceptions to these rules: they are limited to circumstances where it would not have been possible to stop the distribution of the householder at the issue of the writ. In the case of an election held on a fixed date, any householder received in the 36 days before polling day will be considered election advertising.

Householders meeting the criteria for election advertising (i.e. that are distributed during the election period) must be reported to Elections Canada after the election and are subject to the campaign's spending limit.

(for related items, see Election Advertising – Content, Pre-Election Advertising)

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