General election resources
The next municipal general election will be held on October 18, 2021.
Nominations for the general election will be open between January 1, 2021 and September 20, 2021. For summer villages, the nomination period can occur in June and/or July, with election day held 4 weeks after the nomination period closes. Check with your local summer village for specific dates.
Additional election resources and training information will be available throughout 2021. Information will be posted as it becomes available.
If you are a Returning Officer or other municipal election official, refer to the following:
- Returning Officer handbook:
- Module 1 and 2
- Module 1: Elections considerations
- Module 2: Nominations
- Module 3 and 4
- Module 3: Election Finance and Contribution Disclosure
- Module 4: Third Party Advertising
- Module 5: Senate Election and Referendum Vote
- Module 6: Voting Opportunities
- Modules 7 to 9
- Module 7: Election Day
- Module 8: Post-vote
- Module 9: Controverted Elections and Election Offences
- Module 10: Elections Database User Guide for Municipalities
- Module 1 and 2
- 2021 General Election Checklist and Calendar (XLSX, 31 KB)
- 2021 General Election Checklist for Summer Villages (XLSX, 20 KB)
- 2021 municipal election COVID-19 risk reduction guide
- Local Authorities Election Act: sample forms and instructions – for jurisdictions not conducting elections in conjunction with the senate election and referendum vote
- Local Authorities Election Act: sample forms and instructions – for jurisdictions conducting elections in conjunction with the senate election and referendum vote
- Sample: Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) Handbook 2021
- Sample: Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO) Handbook 2021
- Sample Supply Lists
- Sample Voting Station Layouts
- Elections Alberta resources for municipalities
- Local Authorities Amendment Act (Bill 29) Information Session, October 2020 (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Module 1: Election Considerations (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Module 2: Nominations (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Module 3: Campaign Finance (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Module 4: Third Party Advertising (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Module 5: Senate and Referendum Votes (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Module 6: Voting Opportunities (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Module 7: Election Day (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Module 8: Post-vote Procedures (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Module 9: Elections Offenses and Controverted Elections (video)
- Returning Officer Training – Special Ballots (video)
- Elections Database
- All municipalities are encouraged to submit their results directly into the Elections Database. Once candidates have been entered into the elections database, the candidate nomination form and the election results can be generated. For more information or help with submitting candidate nomination information and Municipal Election Results to Municipal Affairs, contact a Municipal Information Advisor at [email protected] or call 780-427-2225 (toll-free in Alberta by dialing 310-0000 first).
- Access the Elections Database through the MAConnect Portal
- Elections Database User Guide
Additional election resources will be available throughout 2021. Information will be posted as it becomes available.
If you are intending to run for municipal office, A Candidate’s Guide: Running for Municipal Office in Alberta offers information regarding eligibility to run, nominations, campaigning, collecting campaign contributions and incurring campaign-related expenses.
If you are intending to run for your local school board, find relevant information at School Board trustee elections information.
If you are a Government of Canada employee running as a candidate in a municipal election in Alberta, you should be aware of some obligations. Read I want to become a candidate for more information.
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) have developed websites for individuals and perspective candidates for the upcoming 2021 general election. Read Running for Municipal Office on the AUMA website and RMA website for more information.
Third party advertisers
A Provincial Registrar has been appointed for third party advertisers. Third parties planning to incur election advertising expenses or accept election advertising contributions of at least $1,000 in 10 or more local jurisdictions must register with the Provincial Registrar.
For more information on the provincial registration process:
- Roles and responsibilities of municipal officials
- Pecuniary Interest for Municipal Councillors
- What Every Councillor Needs to Know!
Voter identification requirements
In order to vote in the upcoming municipal elections, voters will be required to provide proof of their name and home address. The following types of verification meet the standard provincial requirement for one piece of identification.
- Identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and their name and current address.
- Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Tenant Elector issued by the authorized representative of a commercial property management company.
- Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Incarcerated Elector issued by the authorized representative of a correctional institution.
- Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence issued by the authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve.
- Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Post-Secondary Student Elector in Residence issued by the authorized representative of a post-secondary institution.
- Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Homeless Elector issued by the authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless.
- Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Elector in Long Term Care or Supportive Living Facility issued by the authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
- Supportive Living Facility issued by the authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
- Bank or credit card statement or personal cheque.
- Correspondence issued by a school, college or university.
- Government cheque or cheque stub.
- Income or property tax assessment notice.
- Insurance policy or coverage card.
- Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee.
- Pension plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation.
- Residential lease or mortgage statement.
- Statement of government benefits (for example, employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit).
- Utility bill (for example, telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water).
- Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate.
If a voter’s identification shows a post office box number as the address instead of a residential or legal address, it can be accepted as verification of current address if it is in reasonable distance to the voting jurisdiction.
An elected authority could, by bylaw, require additional verification or a combination of verification to establish the person’s specific current address.
See the Voter identification requirements for more information.
Your municipality may have other requirements or accept other types of verification. Check with your municipality for local requirements.
Legislation and regulations
- Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA)
- Local Authorities Election Forms Regulation
- LAEA implementation fact sheets
General election results
The most recent general election was October 16, 2017.
Municipal election results – Official summary
- Municipal General Elections: Official Results
- Municipal General Elections: Official Results – Excel (XLSX, 211 KB)
Elected by municipality – Official report
Official results for summer villages
- Summer Village Elections: Official Results
- Summer Village Elections: Official Results – Excel (XLSX, 37 KB)
Previous municipal election summaries
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