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Elections Alberta is working to update all existing resources and to create additional resources to account for the new legislation passed by the legislative assembly in December 2016. The new legislation was a result of the passing of Bill 35, the Fair Elections Financing Act, which significantly impacts electoral financing in Alberta. 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 Alberta’s 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.