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There are a number of important rules about how money can be contributed to support candidates and how those contributions can be spent.

During the campaign period, candidates can raise funds to support their election campaigns.

The campaign period for the 2021 Edmonton General Election is January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

Candidates should become familiar with Part 5.1 Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure of the Local Authorities Election Act.

Contributing to a Campaign
You may wish to contribute money to a candidate's election campaign.
 
If you are a resident of Alberta, you can contribute:
  • no more than $5,000 to support a candidate for City Council
  • no more than $5,000 to support a candidate for School Division Trustee

You can contribute to the campaign of more than one candidate.

You are responsible for making sure that you do not exceed these limits.

For Candidates
If you wish to run as a candidate in the 2021 Edmonton general election, you cannot receive contributions of more than $5,000 in total, per year, until you have completed the nomination process. This means that you must have filed nomination papers.

If you are a candidate, you can contribute to funding your own campaign. The limit for these contributions is $10,000.

You must open a campaign bank account once you have received more than $1,000 in contributions.

Campaign expenses are described in section 147.1(1)(a) of the Local Authorities Election Act.

Campaign Spending
If you are a candidate in the 2021 Edmonton General Election, you can use contributions to pay for campaign expenses.
 

Campaign expenses include things like advertising, hiring staff, and renting space for meetings. If you are a candidate, it is your responsibility to ensure that money in your campaign bank account is used only for these purposes.

Spending Limits

The Government of Alberta will set spending limits for candidates in the 2021 Edmonton General Election. At this time this limit has not been provided.

If you are a candidate, you cannot spend more than this limit on your campaign.

This page will be updated once the Government of Alberta has released spending limits for the 2021 Edmonton General Election.

Campaign expenses are described in section 147.1(1)(a) of the Local Authorities Election Act.

For More Information

Edmonton Elections

16304 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5M 3R8

Telephone

780-496-8008

Fax 780-498-7058
Email elections@edmonton.ca
Website https://www.edmonton.ca/election

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