Municipal Elections

Municipal elections occur every four years. The next municipal election will be held on October 20, 2025.

Municipal By-Elections occur when

  • A council member steps down from Council and the seat becomes vacant

  • A seat is unfilled in the first election

Running for Council

Deciding to run for municipal office is a significant undertaking. Winning an election means dedicating a considerable amount of time and effort to your community. To be eligible as a municipal candidate, you must meet certain requirements. You must be at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, and have been a resident of the ward where you wish to run for six consecutive months preceding Nomination Day.

However, there are certain disqualifications, which include, but are not limited to:

  • If you are the auditor of the municipality

  • If your property taxes owe more than $50 (excluding indebtedness on current taxes and indebtedness for arrears of taxes for which the person has entered into a consolidation agreement with the municipality)

  • If you are in default for any other debt to the municipality in excess of $500 for more than 90 days

  • If you have been convicted of an offence under the Local Authorities Election Act, the Election Act, Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act, or the Canada Elections Act within the previous 10 years.

For additional information and eligibility criteria, please refer to the Candidates Guide: Running for Municipal Office in Alberta document on the Government of Alberta website.