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 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.

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 to the returning officer in person 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  (2.49 MB) for information about deciding to run, nominations, campaigning, and other election and information resources.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

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. 

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