How to get involved in the civic election.

The municipal election is fast approaching, and you want to make your voice heard. Here’s a breakdown of how to run for office, some notes on eligibility, financing, and a few tips and tricks.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Nomination Deadline: September 20, 2021 – 12:00pm
  • Withdrawal Deadline: September 21, 2021 – 12:00pm
  • Election Day – October 18, 2021

Campaign Disclosure Statement Deadline: March 1, 2022

HOW TO RUN

General notes

  • Electors must be eligible to vote to have a valid signature
  • All fees can be paid via certified cheque, cash, debit, credit, or money order at City Hall
  • All forms are found at edmonton.ca/elections. Form 4 is for signatures, Forms 5 and 26 for finances
  • You can only run in one race
  • All signatures must be handwritten

Mayor

Fee $500 | You need at least 100 signatures from city residents

Councillors and School Trustees

Fee $100 | You need at least 25 signatures from within your target ward

Filing

There are two ways to submit completed forms:

  • Book an appointment at edmonton.ca/elections to drop them off in person at City Hall with government ID.
  • Mail them or courier them to City Hall. If you choose this option, forms must already be commissioned, and the deposit must be a money order or certified cheque.

Once you have completed all these steps and received your official confirmation from the City of Edmonton’s returning officer, congratulations, you’re in the race!

This is not a comprehensive list. For further questions, contact Edmonton Elections at elections@edmonton.ca.

ELIGIBILITY for electors and for candidates

  • You must be a Canadian citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have resided in Edmonton for at least six months prior to the nomination deadline (since March 20 at the latest)

YOU’RE INELIGIBLE IF

  • You work for the City of Edmonton, or any public, Catholic, charter, or private school division (you must take a leave of absence)
    • Every official candidate is entitled to a leave of absence without pay
  • You owe money to the City of Edmonton
  • You’re an election auditor

TIPS AND TRICKS

Your signatures don’t need to be on the same copy of Form 4. If it’s easier to get one signature on 100 different copies of Form 4, the City will still accept it. Get creative!

Signs on public property aren’t allowed until after Sept. 20, 2021

FINANCES

$5,000 The maximum single-contribution amount

$10,000 The self-financing limit

  • You’re not obliged to accept any donations or spend money
  • You must record all donations and expenses
  • Even if you withdraw from the race, you must still report your campaign finances