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Candidates, official agents and campaign workers may wish to access apartment buildings, condo buildings and mobile home parks for campaign purposes like distributing campaign materials. Please remember to comply with public health measures and physical distancing and masking requirements at all times.

Section 52 of the Local Authorities Election Act speaks about access to multi-unit residences for the purposes of campaigning. Candidates should review section 52 and, if possible, seek legal advice to understand the full extent of their obligations.

For Residents

Residents may see election candidates, their official agents or their campaign workers in multi-unit buildings for campaign purposes.

Candidates should obtain Form 11: Candidate or Official Agent Proof of Identification for Section 52 Access signed by the Returning Officer before accessing multi-unit buildings for campaign purposes. This confirms that the individual is an official candidate or the official agent of a candidate.

Candidates should issue Form 12: Campaign Worker Proof of Identification to campaign workers. This confirms that the individual is campaigning on behalf of an official candidate.

Residents have the right to request to see Form 11 or Form 12.

Candidates may distribute campaign literature, where permitted, or attempt to speak to residents in a common area of the building such as a hallway, when safe to do so.

For Property Managers

Property managers should review Sections 52 and 156 of the Local Authorities Election Act which refer to access for campaigners and campaigning that may occur in multi-unit residences, including apartment buildings, condo buildings and mobile home parks.

Please be aware that it is an offence under Section 156 of the LAEA to obstruct a candidate or campaign worker if they present an authorized Form 11: Candidate or Official Agent Proof of Identification for Section 52 Access or Form 12: Campaign Worker Proof of Identification.

Candidates and their official agents are advised to obtain Form 11 authorized by the Returning Officer for the City of Edmonton before accessing multi-unit buildings for campaign purposes. These authorized forms should be presented when requested by the property manager or resident.

Candidates should issue Form 12 to campaign workers. This confirms that the individual is campaigning on behalf of an official candidate.

Edmonton Elections advises candidates to connect with property managers prior to embarking on campaign activities in multi-unit buildings or mobile home parks.

Property managers are asked to work with candidates and their designates to accommodate campaign activities in multi-unit residences. This may involve the distribution of campaign literature, where permitted by the property manager, and door knocking, when safe to do so.

Campaigning should only take place in common areas of a multi-unit residence. Candidates are not entitled to access private residences or secure sections of a building, such as storage areas or private offices. Candidates must comply with public health measures and physical distancing and masking requirements at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I campaign in multi-unit residences, such as apartment buildings, condo buildings and mobile home parks?

Candidates and their official agents must be able to verify their standing with Edmonton Elections for the purposes of campaigning in multi-unit residences, such as apartment buildings, condo buildings and mobile home parks. Similarly, campaign workers must be able to confirm their position when campaigning.

Form 11: Candidate or Official Agent Proof of Identification for Section 52 Access and Form 12: Campaign Worker Proof of Identification are used to confirm that individuals are official candidates, official agents of candidates or campaign workers of official candidates and may undertake campaign activities in multi-unit residences.

Candidates and their official agents should:

Please refer to the How-To Guide when completing Forms 11 and 12. 

Candidates should fill out and issue Form 12 to members of their campaign team who will be conducting campaign activities on their behalf.

Please note candidates, official agents and campaign workers should be prepared to present Form 11 or Form 12 to residents and property managers when campaigning in multi-unit residences.

Candidates must comply with public health measures and physical distancing and masking requirements at all times.

What spaces can I access in multi-unit residences?

Campaigning activities and the distribution of campaign materials should only take place in common areas of a multi-unit building or mobile home park, such as hallways and notice boards. Consent from the property owner must be given before posters and other campaign materials may be displayed and distributed.

Candidates are not entitled to enter private residences or access restricted areas, such as storage areas or private offices.

Candidates must comply with public health measures and physical distancing and masking requirements at all times.

How can I find out if a multi-unit building or mobile home park has specific rules for campaigning?

Candidates should work with property managers to understand restrictions regarding the distribution and placement of campaign materials.

It is recommended that candidates, official agents and campaign workers:

Candidates must comply with public health measures and physical distancing and masking requirements at all times.

For More Information

Edmonton Elections

16304 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5M 3R8

Telephone

780-496-8008

Email elections@edmonton.ca
Website https://www.edmonton.ca/elections

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