In Alberta, General Municipal Elections are conducted every four years, under the provisions of the Local Authorities Election Act. The next general election is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 16, 2017. Morinville residents will elected a Mayor and 6 Councillors to serve a four-year term. Please note, each candidate is responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws governing elections and for obtaining any necessary legal advice.
The Local Authorities Election Act (Act) can be accessed through Alberta Queen's Printer.
A Candidate Information Session will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers of Town Office (2nd Floor, 10125-100 Avenue). Information will be provided on Council's Roles and Responsibilities, Time Commitment, Council Remuneration and Election Process (nomination requirements, election legislation, and campaign requirements). The 2017 Candidate Handbook is now available for anyone considering running for Municipal Council. Information on School Trustee campaigns is also included in the handbook. Individuals considering running for school trustee can visit the Greater St Albert Catholic Schools website (http://www.gsacrd.ab.ca/) or Sturgeon School Division website (http://www.sturgeon.ab.ca/).
Individuals considering running in the 2017 Morinville Municipal election must register with the Municipality prior to accepting any campaign contributions under Section 147.21 of the Act. The Candidate Registration Form (Notice of Intent) is linked below. Changes to any of the information must be reported in writing to the Municipality within 48 hours after the change. Please be advised the candidates name will be made public.
As per the Local Authorities Election Act, candidates funding their entire election campaign exclusively out of the candidate's own funds up to a maximum of $10,000 are NOT required to register with the Municipality.
As of March 1, 2017, Notice of Intent (Candidate Registration) has been filed by the following individuals:
Monthly articles are being published on important procedures for potential candidates as well as changes that may take place prior to Election Day.
January's article outlined the Candidate Information session that will take place on Monday, February 27, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers.
December's article highlights the newly approved Council Remuneration Policy. Council approved the policy which will take effect on October 24, 2017 (in conjunction with the newly elected Council swearing in ceremony). Please ensure you review this policy as it plays a major role in the relation between a daily schedule and a Councillors schedule.
November's article highlighted the Notice of Intent to run in the upcoming Municipal Election.
- Changes to the Local Authorities Election Act beginning January 1, 2014, requires that no candidate may accept campaign contributions, including the funds of the candidate, unless the candidate is registered with the municipality in which the candidate intends to run.
During October 2016, a campaign was started called #ReadyForHer by Minister Stephanie McLean. This campaign is to encourage women to turn their passion for community improvement into a campaign for office. An online resource was launched to help women consider their political potential and start their campaign. The resource touches on Roles and Responsibilities, Qualifications, Nominations, Campaigning, Fundraising and Campaign Guides and Resources. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our office.
Under Part 5.1, Municipal Election Finance and Contribution Disclosure, of the Local Authorities Election Act, candidates in the 2013 Municipal Election that were required to file disclosure statements did so on or before March 1, 2014.