Canadian Photographer’s Rights & Responsibilities
These guidelines are secondary to common sense, manners and respect.
You can make a photograph of anything and anyone on any public property, (i.e.) streets, sidewalks, town squares, parks, government buildings open to the public, and public places are all OK. Except where a specific law prohibits it generally a posted sign will advise, lack of sign does not ensure permission to photograph.
Anyone can be photographed without consent when they are in a public place unless there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. (i.e.) private homes, restrooms, dressing rooms, medical facilities, phone booths & etc.
Don’t confuse a ‘festival’ or similar event as a public place – paid admittance or not.
Despite common misconceptions, the following subjects in a PUBLIC setting are almost always permissible: accidents, fire scenes, criminal activities, children, celebrities, law enforcement officers, bridges, infrastructure, transportation facilities, residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. – Don’t interfere or cause rescue delays of any incident.
Use common sense but remember.
When confronted, threatened with detention or the confiscation of equipment, ask the following questions:
Below is a quick guide that you can download and print. I'd always advise having a copy in your camera bag just in case. Demonstrating that you know your rights often defuses the situation as most security personnel, jobsworths and angry people don't know the laws regarding street photography.