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Bill 35, the Fair Elections Financing Act (FEFA), was tabled in the legislature on November 28, 2016 with much of the FEFA coming into force on that date; the Bill received Royal Assent on December 14, 2016. The Bill introduces changes to the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA) that have an immediate and significant impact on all political parties, constituency associations, candidates, leadership contestants, and third party advertisers. In addition, any person seeking endorsement as a candidate for a party in an electoral division is now required under the EFCDA to register as a nomination contestant and file financial returns with Elections Alberta.
Elections Alberta is working to update all existing resources and to create additional resources to account for the new legislation. As resources become available, they will be posted on this website.
As a guarantee in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, any person who meets the requirements of the Alberta Election Act can become a candidate.
To be eligible in Alberta, a potential candidate must first register with Elections Alberta and file nomination papers with the local returning officer in order to appear on the ballot paper for an electoral event. Candidates must update their registration information as changes occur and file financial statements as required. For information on candidate registrations and finances, visit Financial Disclosure.
If you are a federal public servant
Before seeking nomination as, or being, a candidate in a provincial election, federal public servants subject to the political activities provisions (Part 7) of the Public Service Employment Act are required to obtain permission from the Public Service Commission and, if applicable, a leave of absence without pay during the election period. To find out more about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding political activities visit http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/plac-acpl/index-eng.htm.