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Voting for different levels of government

There are three levels of government in Canada: municipal, provincial and federal.  You vote for individuals to represent you at each level.  Each level of government administers its own election.


Municipal

Positions elected: Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees.

Date of election: In Alberta, municipal elections are held every four years in October. 

Responsibilities: In Calgary, the Mayor and Councillors focus on city issues such as transit, libraries and parks. School Board Trustees focus on schools in the Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic Separate School District.

Who administers the election? Every municipality runs its own election.  In Calgary, municipal elections are run by The City of Calgary’s Elections and Census Office.


Provincial

Positions elected: Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).  Your MLA represents you at a provincial level in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city.

Date of election: In Alberta, provincial elections are generally held every four years.  An election may be called earlier for a variety of different reasons.

Responsibilities: MLAs help with anything that is a provincial matter such as healthcare, the environment and agriculture.

Who administers the election? In Alberta, provincial elections are run by Elections Alberta.


Federal

Positions elected: Members of Parliament (MP).  Your MP represents you at a federal level in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city.

Date of election: In Canada, a federal election is generally held every four years in October.  An election may be called earlier for a variety of different reasons.

Responsibilities: MPs help with anything that is a federal matter such as immigration, international trade and national defence.

Who administers the election? Federal elections are run by Elections Canada.