Information for Candidates

The Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) was recently updated, please click here to access a copy. There have been important changes since the 2017 election, including, Part 5.1 Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure.

The Nomination Period is January 1 2021 to Nomination Day September 20, 2021, ending at noon.

Find out the types of identification you need to vote on Election Day.

More details for Candidates can be found in the Running for Municipal Office in Alberta - A Candidate’s Guide (PDF).

Candidates are responsible to ensure they are in compliance with the Local Authorities Election Act.

Qualification of a Candidate

Section 21 of the LAEA outlines qualifications of a Candidate. Eligibility requirements for a person to be nominated as a Candidate on Nomination Day (from January 1, 2021 to noon on September 20, 2021) include:

  • The potential Candidate is eligible to vote in the election by being:
    • At least 18 years old,
    • A Canadian citizen, and
    • A resident of Alberta, with the person’s residence located in the local jurisdiction (Lacombe) on October 18, 2021;
  • The potential Candidate has lived in Lacombe for 6 consecutive months (March 15, 2021) immediately before Nomination Day (September 20); and
  • The potential Candidate is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.

The Nomination Paper and Candidate Acceptance (Form 4) must be completed and requires the Candidate to sign an affidavit confirming:

  • That they are eligible to be elected;
  • Will accept the office if elected; and
  • Have reviewed the LAEA.

The Candidate must swear or affirm the affidavit before the Returning Officer or a Commissioner for Oaths and return the form to the Returning Officer.

The nominated Candidate is responsible for ensuring that the nomination paper filed is fully completed and meets the requirements of the LAEA. If a nomination is challenged, the courts will assess eligibility.

In accordance with Section 151 of the LAEA it is an offence for a Candidate to sign a Candidate’s Acceptance Form that contains a false statement, which is subject to a fine of up to $1,000.

Ineligibility for Nomination as a Candidate

Sections 22 and 23 of the LAEA provide an overview of instances when a person is ineligible to be nominated as a Candidate in a municipal election. Some of those instances include when:

  1. The person is an auditor for the City;
  2. The person is an employee of the City, unless that person takes a leave of absence;
  3. The person’s City property taxes are more than $50 in arrears, not including current taxes or previous taxes addressed in a consolidation agreement;
  4. The person owes the City any amount exceeding $500 for more than 90 days; or
  5. The person has, within the previous 10 years, been convicted of an offence under the LAEA, the Election Act, the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act or the Canada Elections Act.

As this information does not detail all instances of ineligibility, Candidates are responsible for consulting the LAEA. It is the Candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are eligible for nomination.

Government of Alberta's Bill 52: Recall Act Information

The Government of Alberta has created Bill 52: Recall Act that would allow Albertans to initiate a process that could remove and replace elected officials at the provincial, municipal, and school division levels during their term in office.

Bill 52: Recall Act was introduced and given first reading on March 15, 2021. It was debated on April 19, 2021, and May 25, 2021, when the Legislative Assembly passed the second reading. 

The Recall Act was developed by a joint committee that included members from both the government and the official opposition parties. The legislation is intended to strengthen democracy by all allowing Albertans to hold elected officials accountable throughout their term in office and not just at election time.

For more information, please see the information presented to Council on June 7, 2021.