New this year is the nomination period which runs from Jan. 1, 2021 (or first day of business in the year) to noon on nomination day in the year of an election:
- Nomination papers will be available for pickup in the civic centre starting on Jan. 4, 2021 and can be filed with the returning officer at any time during the nomination period but in any event before noon on nomination day (Monday, Sept. 20, 2021).
NEW for the 2021 Election Only: By ministerial order, nomination filing fees may now be paid by debit card, credit card, cash, money order or certified cheque.
- Anyone who has filed nomination papers may withdraw as a candidate any time during the nomination period or within 24 hours after the close of nominations on nomination day.
All candidates must be eligible to vote in the election. All candidates must be:
- at least 18 years old,
- a Canadian citizen,
- reside in Leduc on election day, and
- reside in Leduc for the 6 months before nomination day
During the campaign period, candidates must:
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.
- Do not work with third parties to avoid contribution or expense limits.
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.
- Filing of disclosure statement. All candidates, whether self-funded or those that withdraw, must filed disclosure statements.
- 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.
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 (“LAEA”). Candidates are advised to refer to the LAEA and obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.
Updated Local Authorities Election Act
The Local Authorities Election Act governs municipal and school division elections in Alberta. It sets out rules and regulations for candidates, donors, electors, and election administrators that must be followed before, during and after an election.
The LAEA was updated on Sept. 1, 2020 and includes changes related to:
- Nomination period
- Contributions to campaigns
All candidates are encouraged to develop a working understanding of the Local Authorities Election Act. It's recommended that candidates seek legal advice, where possible, regarding their obligations.
Changes to the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) include rules governing the finances and accountability of third parties that intend to engage in election advertising.
Election advertising is the transmission to the public by any means during an election period (May 1 to Oct. 18, 2021) of an advertising message that promotes or opposes the election of a candidate.
NOTE: Municipal and School Board Elections are governed by the LAEA, R.S.A. 2000, C L-21. The information on this page is provided for convenience of reference only. Additionally, third-party advertisers are subject to further requirements in the LAEA and are advised to refer to the LAEA and obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.
For more information
City Clerk's Office, Leduc Civic Centre
1 Alexandra Park, Leduc, Alta. T9E 4C4