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 begins on January 1, 2021 and runs until 12 p.m. (noon) on September 20, 2021 (Nomination Day). To account for the January 1 statutory holiday and the weekend following, candidates may file nomination papers at the Canmore Civic Centre beginning on January 4, 2021.
Anyone wishing to run for office must complete two forms:
- pdf Form 4 Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance (561 KB) , and
- pdf Form 5 Candidate Financial Information (326 KB)
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.
- Download the pdf Town of Canmore Candidate Guide (2.49 MB) for information about deciding to run, nominations, campaigning, and other election and information resources.
- Visit the Alberta Municipal Affairs Municipal Elections website for access to several resources, including a link to the Local Authorities Election Act.
- Guidance for Canvassing and Campaigning published by the Government of Alberta.
Canmore Civic Centre, 902 7 Avenue
Canmore, Alberta T1W 3K1
Returning Officer: Cheryl Hyde