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Edmonton is divided up into 12 municipal electoral wards, each represented by a City Councillor. Wards are made up of neighbouring residential, industrial, commercial and other areas.

The Ward Boundary Design Policy outlines the criteria that must be used to determine the area of each ward. It is important that the number of people who reside in each ward is kept roughly even across the city. This supports effective representation for Edmontonians at City Council.

Upcoming Changes to Ward Boundaries and Ward Names

Changes to ward boundaries were made through Bylaw 19366 and passed on December 7, 2020. These changes will come into effect on Election Day this upcoming October 18, 2021.

The changes include new geographical boundaries and ward names.

New Ward Maps starting October 18, 2021

City Wide

Nakota Isga - Pronunciation: NA-KOH-TAH  EE-SKA

Anirniq - Pronunciation: a-NILN-nuk

tastawiyiniwak (ᑕᐢᑕᐃᐧᔨᓂᐊᐧᐠ) - Pronunciation: TASS-TAW-EE-YIN-EE-WOK

Dene - Pronunciation: DEH-NEYH

O-day’min - Pronunciation: Oh-DAY-min

Métis - Pronunciation: MAY-TEA

sipiwiyiniwak - Pronunciation: SEE-PEE-WIN-EE-WOK

papastew - Pronunciation: PA-PA-STAY-OH

pihêsiwin ᐱᐦᐁᓯᐏᐣ - Pronunciation: Pee-HEY-sa-win

Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi - Pronunciation: EE-PEE-KOH-KAH-NAY-PEE-OAT-SEE

Karhiio - Pronunciation: GA-RAY-HEE-OH

Sspomitapi - Pronunciation: SSPO-MEE-TAH-PEE

More About the Indigenous Ward Names

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 boundaries and  names will take effect on October 18, 2021.

For More Information

Chris Heywood

Title Project Lead
Telephone

780-496-6324

Email chris.heywood@edmonton.ca

Ward Names

Email naming@edmonton.ca

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