Changes to the Local Authorities Election Act
If you’re planning to run in municipal elections, there are a few changes you need to be aware of. Bill 23 updates the Local Authorities Election Act and passed on December 5th, 2018. For full details on the changes and public participation process that lead to them, visit the Alberta Government website.
The next General Municipal Election is scheduled for October 18th, 2021. Nominations will be open between January 1, 2021 and September 7, 2021.
Here are some of the highlights of the changes:
- Caps donations so people would be able to donate up to $4,000 provincewide for municipal campaigns and $4,000 for school board campaigns.
- Bans corporate and union donations so that only individual Albertans would be able to make campaign contributions in municipal elections.
- Reduces campaign periods from the current four years to one year, from January 1 to December 31 in the year of the election.
- Limits campaign fundraising and contributions to only during the campaign period.
- Allows potential candidates to accept up to $2,000 in donations before the campaign period to cover low-cost pre-campaigning such as door knocking and brochures.
- Determines candidate spending limits by consulting with stakeholders.
- Limits would be based partially on the size of the municipality and school board.
These campaign finance and disclosure rules will also apply to municipal and school board candidates.