The information in this section provides a brief introduction of the requirements for running for office in the Town of Banff. Candidates are responsible for understanding all legislation concerning elections, including nomination, eligibility, campaigning restrictions, campaign finance and disclosure, election offences and prohibitions at the voting stations.
The next Town of Banff general municipal election is on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Electors will be voting for one Mayor and six Town Councillors.
Qualifications of a Candidate
A person may be nominated as a candidate in the Banff Municipal election if, on Nomination Day, the person is:
- 18 years of age or older;
- A Canadian citizen;
- A resident of Banff for the six consecutive months immediately preceding Nomination Day; 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.
Nomination Period and Nomination Day
The nomination period begins on January 1, 2021 and runs until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on September 20, 2021 (Nomination Day). To account for the January 1, 2021 statutory holiday and the weekend following, candidates may file nomination papers at the Banff Town Hall, by appointment only, beginning on January 4, 2021. To schedule an appointment please contact the Returning Officer at 403-762-1209 or by email at Municipal.Clerk@banff.ca
Anyone wishing to run for office must complete two forms:
It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure nomination requirements are complete before papers are submitted. These requirements include:
- A minimum of 5 eligible electors must provide their names, complete street addresses, and signatures on the nomination paper (see the Town of Banff’s Election Procedures Bylaw),
- The candidate's signature must be witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths or a Returning Officer.
Candidates should also complete Form 4B, the Candidate Contact Information Consent Form. This form allows the Returning Officer to communicate with Candidates and their Official Agents, and also provides consent for Candidate’s names and provided contact information to be included as part of the Town of Banff Elections Webpage.
Prior to submitting nomination papers, please review the Checklist of Candidates – Nomination Papers
Nomination papers must be accepted by the Town's Returning Officer before a candidate can incur any campaign expenses or accept contributions.
Submitting Nomination Papers
Legislation provides that a candidate may submit their papers at the local Election Office at any time during the nomination period. Our offices are closed to walk-in traffic at the moment but completed papers can be submitted in the drop box at Town Hall or by mail or courier. The returning officer will notify the candidate when the papers have been accepted. Incomplete papers will be returned.
Anyone who wishes to submit nomination papers to the Returning Officer in person can schedule an appointment by phoning 403-762-1209 or emailing Municipal.Clerk@banff.ca
- **Coming Soon** The Town of Banff 2021 Candidate Information Guide. Once available a link will be posted on this page and printed copies will be available at the front counter of Banff Town Hall - 110 Bear Street. This booklet has been compiled as a service to candidates and contains the required forms for a candidate's nomination;
- Candidate Checklist;
- The Returning Officer is available by appointment to witness candidate signatures – email Municipal.Clerk@banff.ca to schedule a time. Commissioner of Oaths services are also available at the Banff Registry and through law offices.
- Visit the Alberta Municipal Affairs Municipal Elections website for access to informative several resources, including a link to the Local Authorities Election Act.
- Other important links:
It should be noted that the resources found in the Candidate Information Guide and on this page are meant to assist individuals that are interested in seeking election and re-election to the office of Municipal Council. The information provided is general in nature and has been prepared as a reference only for candidates.
It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that they are fully aware of all of the nomination requirements and to comply with them. It is not the Returning Officer's responsibility to review the validity of the information contained in the candidate’s nomination paper. That responsibility lies with the courts if the candidate's nomination or election is challenged. Under the Criminal Code, it is an offence to make a false affidavit, punishable by imprisonment or fines, or both. Candidates are advised to obtain legal advice if necessary.
After Nomination Day (September 20, 2021), the Town will, with the consent of candidates, post candidates' photos, contact information, and platform summaries on our website. Anyone intending to run may submit a photo and platform summary (500 word maximum) to the returning officer at Municipal.Clerk@banff.ca
Election signs may only be placed on private property and must be no larger than 1.0 m2 and no higher than 1.8 m. They may not be illuminated. Be sure to ask permission before locating signs on private lands.
Questions about signage can be directed to the Planning & Development Department at 403-762-1215.
A listing of known public forums will be provided below as they are scheduled. Please check back regularly.
None of the forums are hosted by the Town of Banff. They are only listed to provide a service to the public. If you have any questions about any of the forums, please contact the organizer.
All candidates should check the Local Authorities Election Act for complete details on campaign finances.
New for 2021
Individual contribution amount increased. A person can contribute $5,000 per candidate during the election year (January 1 to December 31). A person can contribute to as many candidates as they like.
Self-fund amount increased. Candidates can self-fund up to $10,000 per year.
Contribution limit outside the campaign period increased. A person can accept up to $5,000 per year outside the campaign period in a non-election year.
File a review engagement with disclosure statement. If more than $50,000 is received or spent, a chartered accountant must review the financial statements before submission to the municipality or school board.
Campaign surpluses no longer held in trust. Candidates may retain any surplus amount under $1,000. Any amount over $1,000 must be donated to a registered charity. Local jurisdictions will no longer hold campaign surpluses.
Candidates duties during campaign
- Issue receipts for every contribution. A receipt must include:
(a) Date of contribution;
(b) Name of individual contributor;
(c) Address of individual contributor; and
(d) Amount contributed.
- Obtain receipts for every expense;
- Open a campaign account at a financial institution when contributions exceed $1,000;
- When a campaign account is opened, place all contributions into the account;
- Use money for payment of campaign expenses only;
- Do not accept contributions from people outside of Alberta;
- Do not accept contributions from corporations and unincorporated organizations;
- Do not accept contributions from trade unions and employee organizations; and
- Do not work with third parties to avoid contribution or expense limits.
After the election
After the election, all candidates are required to follow these rules:
- Keep records of contributions and expenses for 3 years after the disclosure statement deadline;
- File a campaign disclosure statement by March 1 after the election;
- If you have expenses or contributions of $50,000 or more, file a review engagement with the disclosure statement;
- Within 60 days of filing a disclosure statement, candidates can retain surplus amounts under $1,000. Amounts of $1,000 and more must be donated to a registered charity;
- Eliminate campaign deficits 60 days after filing a disclosure statement; and
- File an amended disclosure statement within 30 days after the 60-day period showing any surplus or deficit has been dealt with according to LAEA requirements.
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.
All municipal election candidates are required to file either a Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement or Self Funded Campaign Voluntary Disclosure Statement.
View 2017 Filed Disclosure Statements
Questions? Need More Information?
Contact the Returning Officer, Libbey McDougall, via email or by phone at 403-762-1209.
Banff Town Hall
110 Bear Street
Box 1260, Alberta Canada,