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Edmonton's municipal ward boundary structure is under review.

On May 25, 2020, the Ward Boundary Commission delivered its final report to City Council. The Commission's Report recommends a number of changes to the current municipal electoral ward boundary structure and the Ward Boundary Design Policy.

You can read the Commission's Report here.

On June 16, 2020, Council gave first reading to Bylaw 19366, which will amend the existing Ward Boundaries and Council Composition Bylaw to reflect the Commission's recommendation.

Council has directed Administration to return by the end of September 2020 with a proposal that will name each of Edmonton's twelve wards based on the city's indigenous heritage. This work will be led by the Naming Committee through consultation and engagement with the public, including indigenous communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ward Boundary System?

Wards are neighbouring groups of residential, commercial, industrial and other areas that are represented by a City Councillor. Wards are an essential part of Edmonton's local government system. Voters in each ward elect a Councillor to deal with local issues and make decisions that impact all residents.

How does the Ward Boundary System in Edmonton work?

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 wards as equal as possible.

What was the Ward Boundary Commission?

In June 2019, Council passed a bylaw (Bylaw 18893 Ward Boundary Commission) that approved a review of Edmonton's existing ward boundary structure and the Ward Boundary Design Policy (Policy C469A). For the first time in the City's history, this review was led by a Commission of Edmonton residents.

Why was a review necessary?

A Ward Boundary review takes place following every municipal general election to ensure that the Ward Boundary 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 from the City of Beaumont has increased Edmonton's geographic foot print
  • 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 was needed.
When will these changes take place?

The new ward boundary structure will take effect on October 18, 2021.

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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