Information for Candidates
Please check back regularly as information on this page is subject to change and/or additional information may be posted. This information is provided as a courtesy to potential candidates and the City of St. Albert is in no way responsible for errors or omissions. Please consult the Local Authorities Election Act as a comprehensive guide to the election. It is the responsibility of the candidate to read and understand the legislation and bylaw(s) concerning this election.
|March 1, 2022||Campaign Disclosure Statement Deadline|
Virtual Information Sessions
March 11 - General Information
The City of St. Albert hosted a candidate information session on March 11, 2021 via Zoom. This session covered various general information topics such as; how to file nomination papers, notable changes to rules and regulations, upcoming deadlines and more.
April 28 - Third-Pary Advertiser Information
The City of St. Albert hosted a candidate information session on April 28, 2021 via Zoom. This session covered third-party advertising information such as eligibility, advertising requirements, finances and more.
August 31 - General Information
The City of St. Albert hosted a candidate information session on August 31, 2021 via Zoom. This session covered various general information topics such as; signage, Election Day, financials and disclosures, post-election and more.
A person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate for Councillor or for Mayor if:
- They are over the age of 18;
- They are a Canadian citizen;
- They have been a resident of the city of St. Albert for at least six (6) consecutive months prior to Nomination Day (or since March 20, 2021); and
- They are not otherwise ineligible.
Please note that there are ways in which a person may be ineligible to run as a candidate. For a complete listing of ineligibility, please consult the Local Authorities Election Act.
Candidates may file nomination papers beginning January 1, 2021. The Returning Officer has directed that nomination papers may be submitted in person by appointment, by using the secure drop box beside the front entry doors of St. Albert Place, or by mail/courier to the City of St. Albert. To make an appointment to submit your nomination papers, please phone 780-418-6663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit your papers via mail/courier, please send them to the following mailing address:
St. Albert Place
c/o Elections Coordinator, Legislative Services
5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, AB
The Nomination must be made in the appropriate form, available for download here:
- Mayor - Nomination Paper and Candidates Acceptance
- Councillor - Nomination Paper and Candidates Acceptance
The completed form must be received by the Returning Officer before 12 noon on September 20, 2021. Nominations received after this deadline cannot be accepted by the Returning Officer.
If you are submitting your nomination form via mail, courier, or dropbox it must be commissioned by a Commissioner for Oaths, prior to being delivered.
Receipt for Campaign Contributions:
All candidates must provide any contributor, regardless of the contribution amount, with a receipt which must include the following information:
- Contributor’s full name
- Contributor’s address
- Amount contributed
- Date the contribution was made to, or received by the candidate
- Date the receipt was provided back to the contributor
- Type of contribution (monetary or valued/in-kind)
Why does Council sometimes meet in private?
For some types of discussions or information sharing, it is important for Council to have meetings that are not open to the public. There are many examples, the most common are:
- Another party shares proprietary technical or financial information with the City, in confidence, that would harm that party’s competitive position if made public.
- Information provided to Council could jeopardize the City’s own competitive position if publicly disclosed, such as in the case of negotiations involving acquisition or disposal of an interest in land.
- Administration wishes to provide Council with advice, proposals, recommendations, analyses or policy options for addressing an issue, but has not yet reached the point of making a formal recommendation for Council debate and decision in an open meeting.
- Information is shared with Council that, if made public, could jeopardize a law enforcement matter.
- Information is shared with Council that, if made public, could reveal a person’s private, personal information.
- Council is briefed on confidential employment or labour matters.
- Council receives confidential legal advice protected by solicitor and client privilege.
Closed council meetings are a key component of good municipal governance, which is why the authority for closed meetings is set out in the Municipal Government Act. It is important to remember that although a broad range of matters may be lawfully discussed in a closed meeting, the Municipal Government Act specifically prohibits Council from making any decisions in a closed meeting. All decisions are made in meetings open to the public and are recorded in the official meeting minutes.
- 2021 Candidate Handbook
- Election 2021: FAQ
- Local Authorities Election Act
- Local Authorities Election Act Fact Sheets
- Municipal Affairs – Election Overview
- City of St. Albert Municipal Elections Bylaw 20/2017
- 2021 Council Orientation Calendar
Last edited: October 19, 2021