Candidate Information

Candidate Information

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Qualifications of Candidates
• 18 years of age or older
• Canadian citizen
• Have been a resident of the local jurisdiction for the six (6) consecutive months preceding Nomination Day

Registration of Candidates
Effective January 1, 2014, the Local Authorities Election Act requires all municipal candidates to register with the Municipality in which they intend to run before they accept any campaign contributions.

If you are interested in running for Municipal Office (either Mayor or Councillor), you must complete and file the Form 3A: Application for Registration of Notice of Intent to Become a Candidate for Municipal Office, as per Section 147.21 of the Local Authorities Election Act prior to accepting campaign contributions or if you self-fund your campaign in excess of $10,000. This form can be submitted at any time. You do not have to wait until Nomination Day.

Section 147.21(1) of the Local Authorities Election Act states: 
"No candidate may accept campaign contribution, including the funds of the candidate, unless the candidate is registered under this Act with the municipality in which the candidate intends to run".

Additional Information for Candidates
• Nomination papers can only be filed with the Returning Officer between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Monday, September 18, 2017 (Nomination Day), which is held four (4) weeks prior to the election. A person has twenty-four (24) hours after that to change their mind. They cannot be filed in advance nor be filed after that date and time. A facsimile of nomination papers is not considered to be legal. If you are unable to turn in your nomination papers, you may ask someone else to do it, providing that the form has been appropriately signed and commissioned.
• Form 21: Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement
• Running for Municipal Office in Alberta
• Pecuniary Interest for Municipal Councillors
• Form 3: Nomination Paper and Candidate's Acceptance
• Form 11-00-02: Release of Candidate Information
• Form 7A Enumerator, Candidate or Official Agent Proof of Identification
• Form 7B Campaign Worker Proof of Identification
• Form 10 Statement of Scrutineer or Official Agent
• Post-Election Schedule (note: this schedule is subject to change at any time.)

Other Resources
• Municipal Government Act
• Local Authorities Election Act
• City of Cold Lake's Election Bylaw
• Policy No. 123-AD-10 Council Honorarium and Per Diem Policy
• Policy No. 094-AD-06 City Mayor and Council Orientation Policy

Election Sign Guidelines
• Campaign signs may be posted eight (8) weeks prior to the election, starting Monday, August 21, 2017.
• Campaign signs may only be posted on private property or City boulevards with the permission of the property owner
• Campaign signs must be at least 7.5 meters from intersections
• Campaign signs must be removed within 48 hours of the close of the election
• The City Bylaw Officer may remove or request the removal of any campaign signs that become unsightly or impinge on the safety of pedestrians or traffic

Contact information:
Linda Mortenson, Returning Officer
Tracy Gagnier, Deputy Returning Officer
ph: 780-594-4494 ex. 7915 • cell: 780-201-9247