The regulation of third party advertising during municipal and school board elections has changed significantly with recent amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act. Anyone other than a candidate who is intending to spend $1,000 or more on election advertising is strongly encouraged to read Part 8 of the Local Authorities Election and seek legal advice to understand the full extent of their obligations. For more information:
- Local Authorities Election Act
- Third Party Advertising Guidelines for Local Elections in Alberta (published by Alberta Municipal Affairs)
Third Party Advertisers
A Third Party Advertiser (TPA) is an individual, corporation, or group who promotes or opposes a municipal or school board candidate through election advertising.
TPAs can take part in election advertising from May 1 to October 18, 2021. Please remember that campaigning and advertising is not permitted in voting stations.
All TPAs who incur or intend to incur expenses or contributions of at least $1,000 must register with their local municipality. If a TPA intends to advertise in more than 10 jurisdictions, then they must register with the Provincial Registrar at Municipal Affairs.
Registering as a Third Party Advertiser
To register with the Provincial Registrar (required only if TPA intends to advertise in more than 10 jurisdictions):
- Phone 780-427-2225 (dial 310-0000 for toll free service for Alberta callers)
All registered TPAs are required to file Form 28: Third Party Advertising Contribution Statement no later that March 1, 2022. TPAs who do not meet this deadline will incur penalties as of March 2, 2022.
Third Party Advertiser Registry
A list of registered TPAs will be published here once the election advertising period begins.