What is a Senate Election?

The Order in Council and Writ of Election for the 2021 Alberta Senate Election was issued on June 23, 2021, to hold an election to select 3 Senate nominees who may be summoned to the Senate of Canada, to fill a vacancy or vacancies relating to Alberta. The Senate Election will take place on October 18, 2021, in conjunction with the 2021 Alberta Municipal Elections and Referendum Vote.

To be nominated for election, Senate candidates must collect 500 signatures from eligible electors in Alberta. The signatures collected must be original, so Senate candidates or their representatives will be collecting signatures in person. Learn more about the process of becoming a senate candidate here.

There have been four previous senate elections in Alberta, in 1989, 1998, 2004 and 2012. In each election, electors voted for the senate candidates that they wished to put forward to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada for filling future vacancies related to Alberta in the Senate of Canada. These names are put forward by the Government of Alberta for consideration by the federal government. The Alberta Senate Election Act is provincial legislation and the candidates selected are not binding on the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.

In the previous four senate elections, nine senate nominees have been selected. Of these, five have received appointments to the Senate of Canada.