Become a Candidate

The next Town of Banff general municipal election is on Monday, October 18, 2021. 

Nomination Period

Monday, January 4, 2021 to September 20, 2021 at 12 p.m. noon

You can become a candidate for one of the following:TOB_Candidate.jpg

  • Mayor
  • Councillor


To be nominated as a candidate in the 2021 General Election, you must be eligible to vote.  You must be:

  • at least 18 years old;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of the Town of Banff for at least 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day (September 20, 2021); and
  • not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.

Sections 22 – 24 of the Local Authorities Election Act set out under what circumstances a person is not eligible for nomination. Anyone submitting a nomination is responsible for ensuring they are not in violation of any condition of eligibility.

More details for potential candidates can be found in the Nomination Package and the:

Town of Banff Municipal Election 2021: Candidate’s Guide.

Nomination Checklist and Forms

Printable Nomination Checklist for Candidates

Nomination Forms - Mayor and Council

All Candidates are required to complete and submit the following three forms: 

  1.  Nomination Paper and Candidates Acceptance -  Form 4 
  2.  Candidate Financial Information -  Form 5
  3. Candidate Contact Information Consent Form - Form TOB 4B

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure nomination requirements are complete before papers are submitted.

Complete the Required Forms

  • Ensure you have completed Form 4, Form 5 and the Candidate Contact Information Consent Form
  • Form 4 must be signed by:
    • A Commissioner of Oaths or Notary Public for Alberta, or
    • The Returning Officer (available in person, by appointment)
  • Form 5 should include campaign banking information.  Do not use personal banking information.

Obtain the Required Number of Signatures

  • Persons signing a candidate's nomination paper must be a eligible elector (i.e. at least 18 years old and a Canadian citizen, residing in Alberta; the person's place of residence must be located in the local jurisdiction on Election Day).
  • Original hand written signatures are required.  Digital signatures are not accepted.
  • A minimum of 5 signatures is required.
  • It is advisable to have more than the minimum required number of electors sign the form in case one or more signatures are not eligible to nominate.

File Your Nomination Papers

Nomination submissions for Mayor and Councillor will be accepted in person by appointment at Banff Town Hall: 110 Bear Street, Banff.

All candidates must provide Form 4, Form 5, and may provide the Candidate Contact Information Consent Form, completed in full, to the Returning Officer before noon on September 20, 2021.

Due to COVID-19 physical distancing precautions, Nomination Forms will be accepted by appointment. Call 403-762-1209 or email  Appointments are also required for those who would like to review nomination forms with a staff member.

Review your Campaign Finance Obligations

  • Nomination papers must be accepted by the Town's Returning Officer before a candidate can incur any campaign expenses or accept contributions.
  • Review new requirements for 2021
  • Obtain your own legal advice if necessary.
  • For a brief summary, go to Campaign Finances

Campaign Profile

Prepare your candidate profile information for submission.

Candidates will be contacted in September 2021 to submit their candidate profile for publishing on the Town of Banff Elections Website after Nomination Day (September 20, 2021).

A form will be provided to all candidates to collect their candidate profile. However, you can prepare the following information in advance:

  • Biography/About Me - 200 word maximum
  • Platform Description/Why Vote for Me - 500 word maximum
  • Website address
  • Social media account links
  • One photo

Additional Information

Viewing of Nomination Papers

All nomination papers filed with the Returning Officer can be viewed during office hours. The viewing is observed by the Returning Officer at Town Hall. Copies are not permitted.
Please contact the Returning Officer to make an appointment to view nomination papers.
Call (403)762-1209 or email

Withdrawal of Nomination

A candidate may withdraw their nomination at any point during the nomination period.
Once a candidate withdraws, they must file a finance disclosure for that campaign.
The withdrawal must be filed in writing with the Returning Officer before 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Form TOB6 - Statement of Candidate Nomination Withdrawal

Withdrawals are not accepted if the candidate has been declared by acclimation.

After September 21, a candidate's name will appear on the ballot.  There are no formal withdrawals after this point.  If candidates no longer want to run for office, they must take steps to inform the electors.  The name remains on the ballot.


If a candidate is elected by acclamation, the Returning Officer declares the person to be elected following the close of nominations on September 21, 2021.


Contact the Returning Officer, Libbey McDougall, via email or by phone at 403-762-1209.

Election Office
Banff Town Hall
110 Bear Street
Box 1260, Alberta Canada,
 T1L 1A1

Note: The information on this website is provided for the convenience of reference only. Candidates are subject to further requirements in the Local Authorities Election Act. Candidates are advised to refer to the LAEA and obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.