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Currently, Edmonton is divided up into 12 municipal wards, each represented by a City Councillor. 

Due to Edmonton’s massive population growth and recent annexation of land from Leduc County and the City of Beaumont, population in some wards has dramatically increased since the last municipal elections in 2017.

The Ward Boundary Design Policy outlines the criteria that must be used to determine the new 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.

Proposed Changes to Ward Boundaries and Ward Names

Bylaw 19366 - Amendment to Bylaw 15142 City of Edmonton Ward Boundaries and Council Composition was presented to City Council on June 16, 2020

In addition, new names were proposed for each of Edmonton’s wards. These names were gifted to the Naming Committee by a group of Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, Elders and language keepers and are based on Indigenous place names. 

The bylaw is tentatively scheduled to return to City Council for second and third reading in December 2020.

If passed, changes to ward boundaries and names will come into effect on the date of the next Edmonton municipal elections on October 18, 2021.

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?

If Bylaw 19366 is passed by December 31, the new boundary structure and new ward 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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