Town of Canmore

Election - Information for Candidates

The next Town of Canmore general municipal election is on Monday, October 18, 2021. 
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, 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.

Nomination Period and Nomination Day
The nomination period began on January 1, 2021 and runs until 12 p.m. (noon) on September 20, 2021 (Nomination Day).

Nomination Papers
Anyone wishing to run for office must complete two forms:

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure nomination requirements are complete before papers are submitted. These requirements include:

  • a minimum of 25 eligible electors must provide their names, complete street addresses, and signatures on the nomination paper (see the pdf Town of Canmore's Candidate Nominations Bylaw (162 KB) ),
  • nomination papers must be accompanied by a $100 deposit provided in cash, by certified cheque, by money order, or using a debit or credit card,
  • the candidate's signature must be witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths or a returning officer.

Nomination papers must be accepted by the Town's returning officer before a candidate can incur any campaign expenses or accept contributions. 

Submitting Nomination Papers
Legislation provides that a candidate may submit their papers at the local Election Office at any time during the nomination period. Our offices are closed to walk-in traffic at the moment but completed papers can be submitted in the drop box at the Civic Centre or by mail or courier. The returning officer will notify the candidate when the papers have been accepted. Incomplete papers will be returned. 

Anyone who wishes to submit nomination papers in person to the returning officer can schedule an appointment by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidate Resources

  • Download the pdf Town of Canmore Candidate Guide  (2.00 MB) for information about deciding to run, nominations, campaigning, and other election and information resources. This resource was updated on July 12, 2021 to reflect amendments to the Council Remuneration Policy.
  • The returning officer is available by appointment to witness candidate signatures - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a time. Commissioner of Oaths services are also available at the Canmore Registry and through law offices. 
  • The pdf 2021 Post-Election Schedule (178 KB) shows orientation and meetings scheduled for after the election. This version was posted on May 19, 2021 and will be updated as new items are added.
  • Visit the Alberta Municipal Affairs Municipal Elections website for access to several resources, including:
  • Check out Running for Municipal Office published by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA).

Candidate Awareness
After Nomination Day (September 20, 2021), the Town will, with the consent of candidates, post candidates' photos, contact information, and platform summaries on our website. Anyone intending to run can go ahead and send a photo and platform summary (500 word maximum) to the returning officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Election Office
Canmore Civic Centre, 902 7 Avenue
Canmore, Alberta  T1W 3K1
Returning Officer: Cheryl Hyde
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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