Nominations for the general election will be open between January 1, 2021 and September 7, 2021. For summer villages, the nomination period can occur in June and/or July, with election day held 6 weeks after the nomination period closes. Check with your local summer village for specific dates.
If you are a Returning Officer or other municipal election official, please refer to the following:
For women running for municipal office, Ready for Her offers tips to launch your campaign.
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. See I want to become a candidate for more information.
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. Please check with your municipality for local requirements.
Legislation and regulations
On June 20, 2018, a discussion guide and accompanying survey on proposed policy changes to the LAEA was published online. All Albertans were invited to provide input on the proposed policy directions and how local elections are conducted in municipalities, school boards, Metis Settlements and irrigation districts.
Feedback was collected from June 20, 2018 to July 31, 2018 and was considered in the development of amendments to the LAEA.
An Act to Renew Local Democracy in Alberta was tabled on November 5, 2018 and received royal assent on December 11, 2018. Amendments came into effect on January 1, 2019.