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Nomination Day: Monday September 18, 2017
Election Day: Monday October 16, 2017

Municipal Candidates Only: Candidate Campaign Finance Procedures and Forms

Part 5.1 of Local Authorities Election 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 - Page 1 and 2) which is prescribed by the Forms Regulation.

For ease of use, Form 21 (Page 1 and 2) is provided as an online fillable PDF form with the following information required:

  • Page 1 - summary of donations and candidate information
  • Page 2 - list of all the names and addresses of all contributors who donated more than $100 in total. Use Form 21 Page 2 if additional space is needed to list all campaign contributors.

Both sides must be fully completed, originally signed and dated, and filed in person no later than March 1, 2018 at:

Office of the City Clerk
3rd Floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB  T5J 2R7

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.

Part 5.1 of the Local Authorities Election Act
Section 174 of the Municipal Government Act

Municipal Candidates Only: 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 147.5, Local Authorities Election Act

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

Municipal Candidates Only: Self Funded Campaigns

If you have self funded your campaign up to the $10,000 maximum provided for in the Local Authorities Election Act, you are not required to file a campaign disclosure form, however the City Clerk will not have any way of knowing that you self funded unless you provide that information.

In the absence of that information, the City Clerk will report to Council that you failed to file a Disclosure Form.

The City of Edmonton has a Self Funded Campaign Voluntary Statement Form in a fillable PDF format for self funded candidates.

Edmonton Catholic School District Trustee Candidates

The Edmonton Catholic Separate School Board has enacted Bylaw No 1 of 2013 - Public Disclosure of Campaign Contributions and Expenses. Enacting of the bylaw is authorized by Section 118, Local Authorities Election Act.

Campaign Disclosure and Financial Statements

All Edmonton Catholic School District Trustee candidates running for office in the 2017 Election must familiarize themselves with the requirements and complete the Edmonton Catholic School District Campaign Disclosure and Financial Statement as required by Bylaw No 1 of 2013.

This Edmonton Catholic School District disclosure statement must be fully completed, originally signed and dated, and filed in person no later than February 1, 2018 at: 

Elections and Census Office
16304-114 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5M 3R8

The Returning Officer shall forward for information, a letter summarizing campaign contributions and campaign expenses of candidates and all documents filed pursuant to Bylaw No 1 of 2013 to the Secretary of the Board within 45 days of the prescribed filing date or within 30 days following the receipt of the information, whichever is later.

All documents filed with the Returning Officer pursuant to Bylaw No 1 of 2013 are public record upon the expiration of the time prescribed by this Bylaw for the filing of same and may on request be inspected at the offices of:

Catholic Education Services, Board
9807 - 106 Street 
Edmonton, AB T5K 1C2
Phone: 780-441-6002 during normal office hours

Edmonton Public School District Trustee Candidates

The Edmonton Public School District has enacted Bylaw No. 2012-2013-1 Disclosure of Campaign Contributions and Expenses.  Enacting of the bylaw is authorized by Section 118, Local Authorities Election Act.

Campaign Disclosure and Financial Statements

All Edmonton Public School District Trustee candidates running for office in the 2017 Election must familiarize themselves with the requirements and complete the Edmonton Public School District Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement as required by Bylaw No. 2012-2013-1.

This Edmonton Public School District disclosure statement must be fully completed, originally signed and dated, and filed in person no later than March 1, 2018 at:

Elections and Census Office
16304 - 114 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5M 3R8

The returning officer shall forward for information, a letter summarizing campagin contributions and campaign expenses of candidates and all documents filed pursuant to Bylaw No. 2012-2013-1 to the Secretary of the Board within 45 days of the prescribed filing date or within 30 days following the receipt of the information, whichever is later.

All documents filed with the Returning Officer pursuant to Bylaw No. 2012-2013-1 are public record upon the expiration of the time prescribed by this Bylaw for the filing of same and may on request be inspected at the offices of:

Edmonton Public Schools Board
Centre For Education
One Kingsway NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 4G9
Phone 780-429-8443 during normal office hours

Questions?

Refer to City of Edmonton Disclosure Requirements for more information about campaign expenses and contributions.

Please Note: Information on this site provides an overview, but is not a substitute for the detail contained in legislation. All candidates are responsible for understanding the legislation and bylaws concerning elections.

Disclosure Information for 2016 Ward 12 By-Election

Past Municipal Candidate Disposition Surplus

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For More Information

City of Edmonton
Elections and Census Office

16304 - 114 Avenue
Edmonton, ABĀ 
T5M 3R8

Telephone 780-496-8008
Fax 780-498-7058
Email elections@edmonton.ca
Website http://edmonton.ca/election

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