Town of Canmore

Information for Candidates

The Town of Canmore municipal election will be held October 16, 2017. Nomination day is September 18, 2017 between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
Electors will be voting for one mayor and six town councillors.

Qualifications of a Candidate
A person may be nominated as a candidate in the Canmore municipal election if, on Nomination Day, the person is:

  • 18 years of age or older,
  • A Canadian citizen,
  • A resident of Canmore for the six consecutive months immediate preceding Nomination Day (since March 18, 2017), and
  • Not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.

Sections 22 – 24 of the Local Authorities Election Act set out under what circumstances a person is not eligible for nomination. Anyone submitting a nomination is responsible for ensuring they are not in violation of any condition of eligibility.

Register to Collect Campaign Contributions
If you intend to run for office in 2017, you must register with the Town’s municipal clerk before you accept campaign contributions. This does not apply to a candidate whose entire election campaign is funded exclusively out of the candidate's own funds up to a maximum of $10,000. 

To register, print and complete the following form.  Your signature must be witnessed by a Commissioner for Oaths.  Commissioner for Oaths services are available for no cost at the Town of Canmore Civic Centre reception desk. Forward your completed form to Cheryl Hyde, Municipal Clerk, Town of Canmore Civic Centre. Information contained within the registry is public.

The application requires you to swear you have read several sections of the Local Authorities Election Act, which you can view online here

Candidate Resources

NEW! Candidate Awareness
After Nomination Day, the Town will, with the consent of candidates, post candidates's photos and contact information on our Meet the Candidates page. Anyone intending to run can go ahead and send a photo to the returning officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will also require a signed consent to share personal information - download a copy below, or fill one out on Nomination Day.

Nomination Day
Nomination day is Monday, September 18, 2017 between 10 a.m. and noon. Anyone wishing to run for office must submit a complete pdf Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance (303 KB) , in person or by proxy, at the Canmore Civic Centre during the hours set out for nomination day. Email, mail, and fax versions are not accepted.

In accordance with the pdf Town of Canmore's Candidate Nominations Bylaw (162 KB) , a minimum of 25 eligible Canmore electors must provide their names, street addresses and signatures on a candidate's nomination paper. Nomination papers must be accompanied by a $100 deposit provided in cash, by certified cheque, or by money order. Deposits will be returned if:

  • you are elected,
  • you obtain a number of votes at least equal to one half of the total number of votes cast for the candidate elected to office with the least number of votes, or
  • you withdraw as a candidate in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act.

Election Office
Canmore Civic Centre, 902 7 Avenue
Returning Officer: Cheryl Hyde
Phone: 403-678-1550, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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