How to Register a Party

The registration of new political parties in Alberta is governed under sections 6 and 7 of the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA). This process includes:

Reserving a Party Name

  • Consult the list of Registered Political Parties and Reserved Party Names to ensure your desired name is not in use.
  • Submit a written request to Elections Alberta stating your proposed party name and abbreviation, and include your contact information
  • We will notify you in writing if your request is approved or declined
    • If declined, we will provide the reason(s)
    • If approved, your party name and abbreviation will be reserved for 6 months from the date of approval to allow you to fulfill your other requirements listed below
  • You can apply in writing for a 3-month extension stating the reason for your extension request and we must receive your request 2 weeks before your reservation has expired
    • We will notify you in writing if your extension request is approved or declined
    • You can apply in writing for a second 3-month extension, after this no further extensions are allowed
    • There will be no extensions given past the one-year point
  • Once your reservation period ends, if you have not completed the requirements to register your political party, your party name and abbreviation will be removed from the reserved list
  • If you want to re-reserve the same party name and abbreviation you must start the process anew (anything done previously is null and void)

Reserved Party Names

Due to current public health concerns that may impact the ability of proponents to obtain signatures to complete their application, Elections Alberta is extending the expiry of all political party name reservations.

The following names have been approved by the Chief Electoral Officer and are reserved while these groups work to meet registration qualifications.

Party Name Expiry Date
The Blue Collar Movement of Alberta (BCM) October 31, 2021
The Buffalo Party of Alberta (BPA) January 31, 2022
Alberta Statehood Party (ABSP) December 10, 2021
Alberta National Party (ANP) April 19, 2022
Unlock Party of Alberta (UPA) November 22, 2021
Tax Revolt Party of Alberta (TRA) November 29, 2021
The Alberta Patriot Party (APP) December 7, 2021
Alberta Unity Party (AUP) January 26, 2022
Common Sense Party of Alberta (CSP) March 21, 2022
Alberta Influence Party (ABI) March 22, 2022
Albertans First Independents Coalition Party (AFICP) March 24, 2022

Establish a Non-Profit Corporation or Trust

Parties must establish a non-profit corporation or trust as a pre-registration foundation. This is an important step to take in conjunction with reserving your party name to ensure that the name is also available from Corporate Registry.

  • If you choose to establish a non-profit corporation, you should obtain a NUANS Report from Corporate Registry to ensure your corporate name is available and will be held for you while you register your corporation with them.
  • If you choose to establish a trust, you should obtain a Business Name Report, which will alert you to anyone who may have registered your proposed party name as a trade name. Trade names are not protected by Corporate Registry, but this search will alert you to a potential conflict.

Meeting the Qualifications for Registration

Parties can qualify to become a registered political party by achieving one of the following:

  • Holding 3 seats in the Legislative Assembly, or
  • Endorsing candidates in at least half of the electoral divisions in Alberta, or
  • Completing a petition containing at least 8,473 names and signatures of eligible electors (0.3% of the total number of electors that were eligible to vote in the last general election held on April 16, 2019).

In addition, all parties must meet all EFCDA section 7(1) requirements. They must provide:

  • the full name of the political party and abbreviation to be shown in documents,
  • the name of the leader of the political party,
  • the address of the place of places where records are to be maintained and of the place to which communications can be addressed,
  • the names of the principal officers of the party,
  • the name of the chief financial officer of the party,
  • the name and address of the financial institution(s) to be used by the party (where all contributions must be deposited),
  • the names of the party’s signing officers, referent to the previous point,
  • an indication of the provision, under section 6(2) that the party has qualified for registration, and
  • a statement of the assets and liabilities of the party as of a date not earlier than 90 days prior to the date of the application (attested to by the Chief Financial Officer).

Once you or your group meets the qualifications for registration you can apply in writing for registration as a political party with Elections Alberta.