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Wards are an essential part of Edmonton’s local government system. Voters in each ward elect a Councillor to deal with local issues, make decisions that impact all residents, and represent them on City Council.

Edmonton’s Ward Boundary Commission is conducting a review of the current boundary system. The Commission will make recommendations to City Council that may result in important changes to ward boundaries. Any changes will take effect following the 2021 municipal election. 

For more information of the Ward Boundary Review, please visit engaged.edmonton.ca/wardreview

How does the Ward Boundary System work in Edmonton?

Edmonton is made up of 12 electoral wards, each represented by a City Councillor. 

The ward boundary structure is built using the criteria in Council’s Ward Boundary Design Policy. Applying these criteria means that City Council represents Edmontonians effectively by keeping the population of each ward as equal as possible.

Why is a review necessary?

A Ward Boundary review takes place following every municipal general election to ensure that the Design Policy criteria are met. Small adjustments to boundaries are often made following these reviews. 

Edmonton has experienced a number of significant changes since the 2017 Municipal Election:

  • The annexation of land from Leduc County and the City of Beaumont has increased Edmonton’s geographic footprint
  • The population of some wards has increased dramatically since 2017
  • Extensive residential development has taken place in some areas of the City

After considering the impact of these changes, Council determined that a comprehensive city-wide review of the Ward Boundary structure is needed.

Who conducts the review? When will the review occur?

In June 2019, City Council established a Ward Boundary Commission, made up of members of the public, to conduct a review of the current boundary structure and the Ward Boundary Design Policy. The Commission is the first in Edmonton’s history.

The Commission will present a report to Council by June 1, 2020. The Commission’s report may recommend changes to the current ward boundary structure and to the Design Policy criteria.   

How will this affect me?

The Ward Boundary system is an essential part of the municipal government process. If the boundaries do not create a relatively even population distribution, some areas of the City may not be represented as effectively as others when important decisions are made by Council.

How can I find out more?

To learn more about the Ward Boundary Review, please visit engaged.edmonton.ca/wardreview or email wardboundaryreview@edmonton.ca

You can find the drop-in public engagement event schedule and more information at involved.edmonton.ca/wardreview.

View City of Edmonton, Edmonton Catholic School District and Edmonton Public School District Ward maps.

For More Information

Chris Heywood

Title Project Lead
Telephone

780-496-6324

Email chris.heywood@edmonton.ca

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