Elections Calgary


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Become a candidate

You can become a candidate for one of the following:

  • Mayor
  • Councillor
  • Public school board trustee
  • Separate school board trustee

The Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) governs elections for Alberta's local jurisdictions, including Calgary City Council and Calgary School Boards. All candidates should check the LAEA for complete details on the nomination process.  

Steps to become a candidate

Candidate information sessions

Learn about the candidate nomination process. Online sessions available on November 18 or 26. The presentation will be posted online at a later date.

Candidate information session details and registration

Additional information

When is the deposit returned?

A candidate’s deposit shall be returned, if:

  • The candidate is declared elected by acclamation;
  • The candidate is declared elected in the official results of the election;
  • The candidate receives at least one half of the votes cast for the candidate elected with the least number of votes. For example, half of the number of valid ballots cast for the councillor or the public or separate school trustee, who received the fewest number of votes out of all those elected to that office. All candidates for that office who receive more votes than the half are entitled to a deposit return; and
  • The candidate dies before the close of voting stations on Election Day, the deposit is returned to the estate.

All refunds are from The City of Calgary. If acclaimed, the refund is sent about two weeks after Nomination Day. All other refunds are sent about two weeks after the declaration of the official election results, noon on October 22, 2021.

Withdrawal of nomination

Candidate may withdraw their nomination at any point during nomination period (sec. 32(1)).

Once a candidate withdraws, they must file a finance disclosure for that campaign (sec. 147.4(5))

The withdrawal must be filed in writing with the Returning Officer before 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Statement of withdrawal by candidate form

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

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.

Examination of nomination papers

All nomination papers filed with the Returning Officer can be viewed during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The viewing is observed by the Returning Officer at the Elections Calgary office. Copies are not permitted.

Please contact Elections Calgary to make an appointment to view nomination papers. Call (403) 476-4100 or email elections@calgary.ca


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.

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.