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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.

Notice of Intent to Run for Election 2017

All candidates intending to fund-raise or run for election 2017 the Application for Registration of Notice of Intent to Become a Candidate for Municipal Office form 3A will need to be completed and delivered to the Office of the City Clerk before you collect your first contribution.

A quick reference guide concerning dates and associated information for all municipal candidates. 

Candidate Campaign Finance Procedures

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.

View filed disclosure statements from the 2010 Election.

Campaign Deficits and Surplus

New Legislation

Campaign Deficits - Section 147.4(1.1)(b) of the Local Authorities Election Act was added to require municipal candidates to clear any campaign deficit if they are not running in the next general election. The change will apply to candidates who have carried over a campaign deficit from a previous election if they do not run in the October 2013 general election.

Any Candidate who currently has a deficit from the 2013 Election can fund-raise between now and the end of the year (December 31, 2013) to reduce the deficit. Those contributions are considered to be part of the 2013 election campaign contribution disclosure due in March 2014. The contributions are subject to the limitations set for the corresponding campaign period. (e.g. Alberta resident can contribute $5,000 per calendar year or $10,000 limit to the candidate)

After December 31, 2013 if the candidate has a deficit they can file a statement indicating the deficit. Fundraising in 2014 does not apply to the 2013 Campaign Contribution & Disclosure Statement.

Following January 1, 2014, and upon registering to collect campaign contributions (legislated forms have not yet been provided however are due before January 1, 2014 deadline) they can continue to fund-raise to eliminate the deficit before the next election (October 2017) subject to the contribution limits. If they do not file nomination papers in the 2017 election, they must clear up the deficit and file a Campaign Contribution & Disclosure Statement confirming the deficit has been eliminated within 6 months of the date of the general election. If they do file nomination papers in 2017, they will note the deficit in the required Campaign Contribution & Disclosure Statement, they will fund-raise to eliminate the deficit and pay for their 2017 campaign - if this new campaign results in a deficit the cycle begins again January 2018.

Currently the legislation requires that a municipal candidate that receives any contribution file the prescribed Campaign Contribution & Disclosure Statement. Non-compliance with this requirement impacts a municipal candidate's ability to file nomination papers in future elections. Carrying forward a deficit does not impact that ability. 

Campaign Surplus - Section 147.4(1.1)(a) of the Local Authorities Election Act previously required candidates to donate surplus campaign funds exceeding $500 to a charity or the municipality if they do not file nomination papers before the next general election. This has been changed to remove the $500 exception. The requirement will apply to surplus funds carried over from a previous election if the candidate does not run in the 2013 general election.

Section 147.4(1.1)(a) and (b)

Self Funded Campaigns

If you have self funded your campaign up to the $10,000 maximum provided for in the , 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 to avoid this difficulty.

You may obtain a copy by contacting the Election and Census Office at 780-442-8683.

ECSD Trustee Candidates

New Legislation: The Edmonton Catholic Separate School Board (ECSD) 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.

ECSD Campaign Disclosure and Financial Statements

All ECSD Trustee candidates running for office in the 2013 Election must familiarize themselves with the requirements and complete the ECSD campaign disclosure and financial statement as required by Bylaw No. 1 of 2013.  For ease of use the disclosure statement is provided to you in fillable pdf format.

This ECSD disclosure statement 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 February 1, 2014.

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 forty-five (45) days of the prescribed filing date or within thirty (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 the Board 9807 - 106 Street, Edmonton, please phone 780-441-6002 during normal office hours.  

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.

EPSB Trustee Candidates

New Legislation: The Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) 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.

EPSB Campaign Disclosure and Financial Statements

All EPSB Trustee candidates running for office in the 2013 Election must familiarize themselves with the requirements and complete the EPSB campaign disclosure and financial statement as required by Bylaw No. 2012-2013-1.  For ease of use the disclosure statement is provided to you in fillable pdf format.

This EPSB disclosure statement 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 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 forty-five (45) days of the prescribed filing date or within thirty (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 the Board, Centre For Education, One Kingsway, Edmonton, please phone 780-429-8015 during normal office hours.

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.

Questions?

Questions about campaign expenses and contributions? Please read our Campaign Finances FAQ.

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
Email elections@edmonton.ca
Website http://edmonton.ca/election

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