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The requirement for registration with the municipality to accept donations came into effect January 1, 2014.

The information on this page relates to Municipal Candidates Only.

Campaign Contributions

147.7(1)(a) "Campaign contribution" means any money, personal property, real property or service that is provided to or for the benefit of a candidate or the candidate's election campaign without fair market value compensation from the candidate but does not include services provided by a volunteer who voluntarily performs the services and received no compensation, directly or indirectly, in relation to the services or time spent providing the services.

Section 147.1(1)(a), Local Authorities Election Act

Campaign Contributors

You may accept campaign contributions, subject to the dollar limits set by law, from any Alberta resident or an eligible corporation, employee organization or union operating in Alberta. Corporations, unions and employee organizations are defined in the legislation.

You may not accept contributions from:

  • People who do not reside in Alberta
  • “Anonymous” contributors – all contributors must be identified and a receipt issued for the contribution
  • A corporation that does not carry on business in Alberta
  • A municipality
  • A non-profit organization that received grants or property from this municipality after the last election
  • A provincially owned or operated corporation as defined in the Financial Administration Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. F-12
  • The management body of a housing authority
  • Metis settlement
  • School board
  • Trade union which does not hold bargaining rights in Alberta
  • An employee organization which is not resident in Alberta

Section 147.2 and 147.1(1), Local Authorities Election Act

Contributions accepted in contravention of these rules must be re-paid to the contributor.  If the contributor cannot be located, the value of the contribution must be immediately paid to the City of Edmonton, at the Office of the City Clerk.  A letter explaining why the contribution is being sent to the City must accompany the contribution

Candidates and non-corporate contributors who break these rules may be found guilty of an offence punishable by a fine of up to $5,000.  If a corporation breaks these rules, it may be liable for a $10,000 fine.

Section 147.3, Local Authorities Election Act

Limitations on Contributions

Any person, corporation, employee organization or union may donate up to $5,000 to your campaign per calendar year during the campaign period, but cannot make those contributions retroactively. You may contribute $10,000 to your own campaign during the entire campaign period. The campaign period for the 2017 General Election runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017.

Please be aware of the following points about contribution limits:

  • The $5,000 limit applies to a trade union as a whole – not individual locals
  • The $5,000 limit applies to all corporations which are considered to be “associated” for Income Tax purposes.  Corporations may be considered “associated” if:
  • One of the corporations directly or indirectly in any manner controls the other
  • Both of the corporations are controlled directly or indirectly in any manner by the same person or group of persons
  • Each corporation is directly or indirectly controlled by a related person, or group of related persons, and each of them own 25 percent of the shares of the corporations
  • Each of the corporations is directly or indirectly controlled by a related group, and all members of the group are related to one another and one or more of the members of the group own 25 percent of the shares of each corporation

Sections 147.1 and 147.2, Local Authorities Election Act
Disclosure Bylaw, Bylaw 15254, Section 18
Section 127(1) and Section 230.1, Income Tax Act (Canada)

Accounting Responsibilities

Section 147.3(1) of the Local Authorities Election Act (Duties of candidate) sets out the accounting duties of the candidate.

Section 147.3(1)(a) states that "a campaign account in the name of the candidate's election campaign or of the candidate is opened at a financial institution for the purpose of the election campaign".

Section 118(1) of the Local Authorities Election Act (Allowable election expenses) sets out lawfully incurred expenses

For City Council Candidates the prescribed Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement (Form 21) has been provided by the Province of Alberta. Form 21 must be filed with the Office of the City Clerk on or before end of business on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Section 174(1)(b.1) of the Municipal Government Act, Sections 118(4), 143.3, 147.7, and 147.8 of the Local Authorities Election Act sets out the penalties for contravention of the sections.

Local Authorities Election Act
Municipal Government Act

Self Funded Campaigns

If a candidate funds his or her campaign entirely from his or her funds, to the maximum allowable amount being $10,000 during the campaign period, the candidate does NOT have to:

  • Open a bank account for campaign contributions and expenses OR
  • File a Campaign Disclosure Statement

Section 147.11, Local Authorities Election Act


If you self-fund your campaign, please inform the Office of the City Clerk of this fact in writing to avoid being noted as having failed to provide the Campaign Disclosure Statement.

The Clerk has no way of knowing that you self-funded your campaign without written notice from you.

Campaign Deficits and Surplus

Campaign Deficits

Section 147.4(1.1)(b) of the Local Authorities Election Act requires municipal candidates to clear any campaign deficit if they are not running in the next general election.

Any Candidate who runs a deficit during the 2017 Election can fund-raise between now and the end of the year (December 31, 2017) to reduce the deficit. Those contributions are considered to be part of the 2017 election campaign contribution disclosure due on March 1, 2018. The contributions are subject to the limitations set for the corresponding campaign period. (For example, Alberta resident can contribute $5,000 per calendar year or $10,000 limit to the candidate)

After December 31, 2017 if the candidate has a deficit they can file a statement indicating the deficit.

Following January 1, 2018, and upon registering to collect campaign contributions, they can continue to fund-raise to eliminate the deficit before the next election (October 2021) subject to the contribution limits. The candidate must eliminate the deficit.

Campaign Surplus

On or before March 1 immediately following a general election or, in the case of a by-election, within 120 days after the by-election, if a candidate's disclosure statement shows a surplus, the candidate shall pay the surplus to the municipality.

Section 147.5Local Authorities Election Act

Return of the surplus to the candidate will be on Nomination Day 2021 when the candidate files nomination papers.

For More Information

City of Edmonton Elections and Census Office

16304 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5M 3R8

Telephone 780-496-8008
Fax 780-498-7058

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