The Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) is the primary legislation that guides the conduct of a municipal election or by-election. Copies can be obtained through the Alberta Queen’s Printer.

All information, definitions, procedures and processes outlined here are from the LAEA. Should you require further clarification on any information, you are encouraged to review and consult the LAEA, contact the Returning Officer for the Special Areas, or seek independent legal opinion.

All forms, including the notice of intent to run, nomination form and candidate’s acceptance, and campaign disclosure statement can be found on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website, including the Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance (FORM 4) and the Candidate Information (FORM 5).

For more information on municipal elections in Alberta, go to https://www.alberta.ca/municipal-elections-overview.aspx

You can download the Government of Alberta's 2020 Guide for Candidate's Running for Municipal Office here.

Senate Only Election Proclamation

Important DatesCandidate Nomination InformationFiling NominationOther Nomination InformationCandidate ResourcesElection DayRecountElection ResultsAfter the Election

  • January 1 to September 20, 2021 = Campaign and Nomination Period
  • Monday, September 20, 2021 (Noon) = Nomination Day (Deadline at Noon)
  • Monday, October 18, 2021 = Election Day
  • Friday, October 22, 2021 = Official Results Announced

Candidate Eligibility

To be eligible to run as a candidate, you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day
  • resident in the municipality on Election Day and for 6 consecutive months immediately before Nomination Day

You must not be:

    • An inmate
    • A Member of the Senate or House of Commons of Canada, or
    • Prohibited from nomination or disqualified as a candidate
      • Under the Election Act;
      • Under the Election Finances and Contributions and Disclosure Act, or
      • Under the Legislative Assembly Act.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they meet all the qualifications of candidacy and are eligible to run in the election as per the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA). 

Nomination Requirements

Candidates who seek nomination for office are required to complete the Nomination Paper and Candidate's Acceptance (FORM 4). This form requires the Candidate to sign an affidavit confirming:

        • That they are eligible to be elected;
        • will accept the office if elected; and
        • have reviewed the Local Authorities Election Act.

The Candidate must swear or affirm the affidavit before the Returning Officer or a Commissioner for Oaths and return the form to the Returning Officer.

The nominated Candidate is responsible for ensuring that the nomination paper filed is fully completed and meets the requirements of the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA). If a nomination is challenged, the courts will assess eligibility. In accordance with Section 151 of the LAEA, it is an offence for a Candidate to sign a Candidate's Acceptance Form that contains a false statement, which is subject to a fine of up to $1,000.

What's included in Nomination Form?

Your nomination paper must be signed by at least five (5) voters eligible to vote in the election. The signatures collected must be of people who are resident in the municipality on the date of signing the nomination, and include the voter’s name, address (street address or legal description of residence) and signature.

If you are seeking election in a municipality with a division or ward system, the voters signing your nomination form must be residents in the ward or division that are you running in.

Other information

Nomination papers are to be filed at any District Office during the nomination period from January 1, 2021 until noon on September 20, 2021.

All candidates are required to officially register with the municipality before they accept any campaign contributions prior to Nomination Day. All nominated candidates are required to submit a Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement (FORM 26) by March 1, 2022.
 


Once you have completed the nomination form, the next step is to ensure that you file the form on or before Nomination Day.

How do I file?

Nomination Day for the offices of Advisory Council is Monday, September 20, 2021. Candidates may file their nomination papers any time between January 1, 2021 until noon (12:00) on September 20, 2021. Nomination forms will be accepted by appointment at any District Office.

The Candidate is responsible for ensuring the nomination filed meets the requirements of the LAEA.

After 12:00 noon on Nomination Day, any person may make a request to examine the filed nomination papers by contacting the Returning Officer to make arrangements.

Filing In Person

Nomination forms must be hand delivered. You, as the candidate, are responsible for ensuring that the nomination form is fully completed and meets the requirements for filing under section 27 of the LAEA.

Withdrawing Nomination

Candidates may withdraw their nomination form within 24 hours from the close of nominations, provided the number of candidates nominated exceeds the number of positions for the office you are seeking. If candidates choose to withdraw, they must provide written notice, in person, to the returning officer.

Insufficient Nominations

In the event that the number of nominations filed is less than the number of vacancies in the municipality, the returning officer will be available to receive nominations the next day (and for a period of up to 6 days, if required) from 10am to 12noon.

Nominations Equal Number of Vacancies

If, by noon on September 20, 2021, the number of candidates nominated equals the number of vacancies in the municipality, nominations will be closed, and the returning officer will declare the candidates elected by acclamation (no election will be held).

Nominations Exceed Number of Vacancies

If more than the required nominations are received by noon on September 20, 2021, nominations will be closed, and the election will be held according to process. The municipality will post the names of those nominated within 48 hours after the close of nominations.

Late Filing of Nominations

The returning officer CANNOT accept nominations after 12 noon on September 20, 2021. Ensure that you check with your municipality on the time and location for filing nomination forms and ensure that you file your nomination paper on time at the location available.


You have filed your nomination papers, you’ve campaigned, and now you’ve reached Election Day! It is important that you understand the process for Election Day and seek clarification on any questions you may have.

Voting Stations

Voting stations are open between the hours of 10am and 8pm on Election Day.

Who is eligible to vote?

A person is eligible to vote in a municipal election if the person:

          • Is at least 18 years of age;
          • Is a Canadian Citizen;
          • Has resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months preceding election day;
          • The person’s primary place of residence is in the appropriate subdivision on Election Day.

Can people observe Election Day?

Candidates, or official agents, or a candidate’s scrutineer, may observe the processes at the voting station(s) on Election Day. The returning officer in your municipality will have details on how to appoint official agents and scrutineers. As well, the returning officer will explain the role and responsibilities of a candidate, official agent or scrutineer observing the election processes.

Maintaining the Secrecy of the Vote

All ballots, forms, ballot boxes, and voting machines (if applicable), are in the custody and control of the returning officer. Forms and statements made by the electors cannot be viewed by any person observing the election due to privacy reasons. All voter compartments are equipped with voting screens and instructions for electors to ensure secrecy.

At the close of the voting station and at the conclusion of the count, the ballot boxes are sealed and retained in a protected area for six (6) weeks following Election Day.

Are results made official on Election night?

At the conclusion of the count, the returning officer may make unofficial results available. The official results are not posted or announced until 12 noon on the fourth day following Election Day.

Who can ask for a recount?

The returning officer may call for a recount of the votes cast at one or more of the voting stations if:

          • a candidate or official agent or scrutineer shows grounds that the returning officer considers reasonable for alleging that the record of the result of the count at any voting station is inaccurate;
          • the returning officer considered that the number of valid ballots objected to or rejected ballots other than those on which no vote was cast, was sufficient to affect the result of the election; or
          • the returning officer is of the opinion that there may have been an administrative or technical error that may have caused an error in the count of votes.

When can a recount happen?

An application for a recount may be made within 44 hours immediately following the closing of voting stations on Election Day. No applications for recount will be accepted by the returning officer after the prescribed 44 hours has passed.

How will I know if a recount is happening?

If the returning officer calls for a recount they must, within 12 hours of the recount, notify any candidates who may be affected and those election officers that the returning officer deems necessary to conduct the recount.


Are results made official on Election night?
At the conclusion of the count, the returning officer may make unofficial results available. Due to the ability for the returning officer to call a recount, official results are not posted or announced on election night.
When are election results official?
The returning officer is required to announce or post the official election results in the statement of results at 12 noon on the 4th day following Election Day, at the municipal office.

Following the Election Day, candidates are required to file a disclosure statement as described in the Local Authorities Election Act, S 147.4 with the Secretary of the candidate’s local jurisdiction.

List of Registered Candidates

Candidates are added to this listing after they file their nomination papers with Special Areas Board's Returning Officer. Please note this list is subject to change. A final official list of candidates will be available after September 20, 2021.

Special Area No. 2 - Subdivision 1

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 2 - Subdivision 2

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 2 - Subdivision 3

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 2 - Subdivision 4

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 2 - Subdivision 5

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 2 - Subdivision 7

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 2 - Subdivision 8

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 3 - Subdivision 4

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 3 - Subdivision 5

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 3 - Subdivision 6

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 4 - Subdivision 1

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 4 - Subdivision 2

There are no registered candidates at this time.

Special Area No. 4 - Subdivision 3

There are no registered candidates at this time.