Public Access does not equal Public Notice

Research from February 2019 confirms that public notices should be published in newspapers.  More than half of Canadians (53%) want to see public notices in newspapers that will alert them to changes in their community that could impact their daily lives.

If local councils or provincial governments wanted to stop publishing public notices in newspapers, eight out of ten supporters would take some form of action to make their opposition known.  Research finds that the majority of Canadians would re-evaluate their vote for elected officials in the next election, followed by contacting those officials and then posting their concerns on social media.

Community size has an impact on actions considered. Residents in smaller communities prefer to reach out to their elected officials while those in larger communities tend to turn to social media to express their views.

More resources on Public Notices, including a new fact sheet released earlier in March, are available online here.