Hello ,

Thank you for your interest in Calgary's General Election, taking place on October 18, 2021.

This is the first of the Candidate and Third Party Advertiser newsletters. You are receiving this newsletter because you signed up for email updates or had provided your email address during the candidate information session.

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The complete list of registered candidates can be found on the Elections Calgary website. For those interested in running, please visit our For candidates section where you will find the nomination checklist and the required forms. Candidates can book an appointment online to file their papers.

Campaigning during COVID

Campaigning may look different this year with limited in-person interactions due to COVID-19. Consider using virtual tools to engage with citizens on campaign issues.

The Government of Alberta has produced COVID-19: Guidance for canvassing and campaigning to support canvassing and campaigning operations. Tips include:

  • Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content to use before and after each interaction.
  • Wear a mask if you may be required to come within 2 metres of another person.
  • Bring disinfectant wipes to disinfect touched surfaces, such as payment devices, doorknobs and doorbells.
  • After ringing the bell or knocking, step back at least two metres before speaking with residents.
  • Use contactless payment, where possible, such as directing residents to web payment options for donations.
  • Avoid using or sharing high-touch objects such as shared pens, clipboards and tablets.
  • While in the community, ensure all campaign workers observe the  Guidance for Multifamily Dwellings, Condominiums and Apartment Buildings.

If voters are interested in what Elections Calgary is doing to hold a safe election, please refer them to calgary.ca/election/covid-19.

A Candidates' Guide: Running for Municipal Office in Alberta

This guide from Municipal Affairs is intended for candidates seeking nomination and election in municipal elections in Alberta in the 2021 general election year.

Information on campaign finances can also be found on the Elections Calgary site.

Recent Q&As

Q: Can Elections Calgary sign the Commissioner of oath section of the nomination form?

A: Yes, an Elections Calgary staff member can sign the commissioner of oath SWORN section of Form 4 during your nomination appointment.

Can I run in more than one race? For example, mayor and councillor.  

A: LAEA Ineligibility for nomination section 23(1) a person is not eligible to be nominated for more than one office of the same elected authority. Candidates must withdraw their nomination from one race before filing new nomination papers.   


Recent amendments to the  Local Authorities Election Act  include rules related to finances and accountability of third parties that involve advertising during an election period (May 1 to October 18, 2021), with an advertising message that promotes or opposes the election of a candidate.

Third parties that intend to engage in election advertising are required to  register and need to complete Form 27 - Registration of a Third Party and return it to Elections Calgary.

To learn more, we are holding two online information sessions for third party advertisers. The online sessions will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and a computer or mobile device is required to join the presentation.

Please register to join us on April 13 from 10-11:30 am or April 14 from 3-4:30 pm.

Both sessions will present the same information; a copy of the presentation will be posted online at a later date.

Please note: The information in this email is provided for convenience of reference only. Candidates and third party advertisers are subject to further requirements in the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA). Candidates and third party advertisers are advised to refer to the LAEA and obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.