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When campaigning, candidates must be aware of where they may or may not campaign. For the most part, campaigning in public places is allowed. However, some restrictions apply.

Campaigning activities must adhere to current public health measures. Candidates are advised to regularly check the Alberta Health Services website for up to date information.

Frequently Asked Questions - Campaigning

What is campaigning?

Activities that promote a candidate or a candidate’s campaign. Remember that there are current public health restrictions in place, and your campaign activities must comply with these.

Visit the Alberta Health Services and Government of Alberta websites for more information on the existing restrictions.

Campaigning may include:

  • Advertising, including signage
  • Social media messages
  • Virtual meet-and-greet or Town Hall event
Who can campaign?

Only nominated candidates may campaign. These are individuals who have had their nomination paper and deposit received by the Returning Officer.

When can campaigning take place?

Campaigning can take place during the campaign period (January 1, 2021–December 31, 2021). This is a change from the most recent election and reflects the legislative changes that were made to the nomination process.

Where can campaigning take place?
  • In a virtual space
  • On private property (with the agreement of the property owner)
  • Through election advertising
Where is campaigning prohibited?
  • In and around a voting station during advance voting and on Election Day. This includes:
    • Canvassing for votes
    • Displaying signage
    • Wearing campaign materials such as pins and t-shirts (LAEA s.150, 152, 152.1)
  • On Edmonton Public Schools property and Edmonton Catholic Schools property
  • In City Hall as per the City Hall Public Space Use Policy
  • In City of Edmonton facilities as per the Reserving City Facilities policy
Is a voters list available for candidates to use for campaign purposes?

A voters list is not part of municipal elections in Edmonton.

I want to use maps to plan my campaign activities. Are those available?

Maps are available on edmonton.ca/wardmaps:

  • City wards and neighbourhoods
  • Edmonton Public Schools wards
  • Edmonton Catholic Schools wards
Who can answer my questions about the content of my campaign materials?

Campaign materials are developed at the discretion of the candidate.

What am I not allowed to put on my campaign materials?

City of Edmonton regulations prohibit candidates from using City of Edmonton, Edmonton Elections, Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools logos. The Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) prohibits the development of materials that appear to be a form of ballot approved by the Returning Officer, essentially a mock ballot.

Election Campaign Signs

Election campaign signage is allowed on public property starting on the Monday following Labour Day (or September 13) until 3 days after the election as per the Election Signs Guidelines.

Private Property

You may place signs on private property only with the consent of the property owner. 

Campaign Signage Dos and Don'ts

Dos

  • Educate yourself, staff and volunteers about the Election Signs Guidelines.
  • Ensure your signage is no more than 0.6m wide by 1m high.
  • Count how many signs you have distributed and track their location by using a map.
  • Make sure Edmonton Elections has your updated contact information so we can contact you if there are any issues.
  • Get permission from the property owner to place a sign on private property. If the property is an apartment or condo building balcony, residents must have permission from the property manager to display a sign.
  • Ensure your signs are properly secured to avoid complaints.
  • Ensure the location you want to put your sign follows the guidelines. Just because another candidate’s sign is in that location does not mean it’s allowed.
  • Take down your signs on public property by October 21, 2021.
  • Contact 311 if you are unsure if your signage is acceptable.

Don’ts

  • Put signs on public property before September 13, 2021.
  • Attach your signs to bridges, guardrails or on traffic circles, traffic islands or center medians.
  • Allow signs on private property to infringe on public property.
  • Display signs on these roads:
    • Whitemud Drive
    • Yellowhead Trail
    • Sherwood Park Freeway
    • Wayne Gretzky Drive
    • Groat Road, St. Albert Trail / Mark Messier Trail
    • Anthony Henday Drive
    • Terwillegar Drive
    • 137 Avenue, St. Albert Trail to 97 Street
    • 91 Street, Ellerslie Road to Whitemud Drive

Frequently Asked Questions - Election Signage

Where can I put up an election sign?

On Private Property

  1. During campaign period, by official candidates.
  2. With permission from the property owner. Residents in apartment and condo buildings should consult with the property manager before displaying election signage. All signage is prohibited in some condo buildings, even in cases where the unit is owned by an individual. 
  3. If it adheres to the related regulations and laws - call 311 with your specific inquiry.

On Road Right-of-Way

  1. From the Monday following Labour Day to three days after Election Day (September 13-October 21, 2021).
  2. If it adheres to Parks and Roads Services Terms and Conditions.
How are questions and complaints regarding signage managed?
  • Community Standards manages signage on road right-of-way and only responds to complaints about signs that go against the Signage Guidelines
  • Residents can call 311 for more information or to file a complaint
What if I have a complaint about an election sign or someone complains about my sign?

Call 311 with your specific inquiry and they will direct your call accordingly. If there is a concern with sign placement, Community Standards might contact you and ask you to remove your sign. If this is not removed in a timely manner, they will remove it and fines may be issued.

What do I do if I have a complaint about the content of a campaign sign or advertisement?

Complaints of this nature that are received by Edmonton Elections will be sent to the appropriate contact.

If hate speech or discriminatory language is used, it will be sent to the Edmonton Police Service.

How big can election signs be?

Signage on private property must comply with applicable laws and regulations. Call 311 with your specific inquiry.

Signage on road right of way must adhere to the Terms and Conditions of the Parks and Roads Services Signage Guidelines. Signage on road right-of-way must not be more than 0.6m wide by 1m high.

Who handles complaints of signage on private property?

Signs on private property can be placed at any time with the consent of the property owner. If neighbours have any complaints regarding size or placement, they can call 311.

If another candidate’s sign is placed in a certain location does that mean it’s allowed to be there?

No. Just because another candidate’s sign is in a location does not mean it’s allowed to be there. Ensure the location you want to put your sign follows the guidelines.

Are there any roads where I can’t display signs?

Yes, these locations listed below are included in the signage guidelines:

  • Whitemud Drive
  • Yellowhead Trail
  • Sherwood Park Freeway
  • Wayne Gretzky Drive
  • Groat Road, St. Albert Trail / Mark Messier Trail
  • Anthony Henday Drive
  • Terwillegar Drive
  • 137 Avenue, St. Albert Trail to 97 Street
  • 91 Street, Ellerslie Road to Whitemud Drive

If any signs are placed on these roads they will be removed without warning due to safety considerations.

Can I put my signs on bridges?

No, signs are only permitted on grassed areas. Signs must be mounted on a frame and securely positioned on the grassed boulevard.

Signs cannot be attached to bridges and guardrails or on traffic circles, traffic islands or centre medians. This is also a safety concern.

Can I put my signs on a road right of way if a candidate already has their signs there?

Yes, provided the terms and conditions of the signage guidelines are followed.

Just because another candidate’s sign is in that location does not mean it is allowed. Ensure that there is at least 20 metres between each of your signs.
 

What is a road right-of-way?
  • Part of the highway that is not commonly used by pedestrians (such as boulevards)
  • Placement of signs is on the opposite side of the nearest sidewalk (furthest from the curb face)
  • Three metres away from the curb or edge of the roadway

For More Information

Edmonton Elections

16304 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5M 3R8

Telephone

780-496-8008

Email elections@edmonton.ca
Website https://www.edmonton.ca/elections

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