Part 5.1 of the Local Authorities Election Act (The Act) entitled Municipal Election Finance and Contribution Disclosure is binding on all candidates running for a City Council seat in this municipal election. Candidates are responsible for understanding and adhering with this legislation which sets out obligations relative to campaign contributions, expenses, surpluses and deficits.
Prior to March 1 of the year immediately following a general election every candidate who did not self fund his or her campaign up to a maximum amount of $10,000, is required to file Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement (Form 21) which is prescribed by the Forms Regulation.
For ease of use Form 21 is provided as an online fillable PDF form in two parts:
- Part 1 - summary of donations and candidate information
- Part 2 - list of all the names and addresses of all contributors who donated more than $100 in total. If multiple page 2's are required please number all pages sequentially.
Both parts must be fully completed, originally signed and dated, and filed in person with the Office of the City Clerk, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7 no later than March 1, 2014.
The legislation requires that campaign disclosure documents be available for public viewing during regular business hours.
If you do not file your disclosure form as required by the legislation, the City Clerk must publicly report that to City Council. There are significant penalties for failure outlined to file as required, including potential loss of a Council seat, prohibition from running in the next election or by-election (for elections after January 1, 2014), and financial penalties. You should fully familiarize yourself with Part 5.1 of the Local Authorities Election Act and Section 174 of the Municipal Government Act (if elected) to ensure that you have met all legislative requirements in relation to finances.