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Elections Calgary

During your campaign

General information

The Returning Officer will answer questions from the media and the public on the voting process.

Candidates can sign up for the Returning Officer newsletter to receive information during the campaign period.

Candidates do not have to inform the Returning Officer of their campaign activities or provide copies of campaign contribution receipts.

Complaints about campaign finance activities related to candidates and third party advertisers can be made to the Alberta Election Commissioner. Learn more about Elections Alberta compliance and enforcement.

The 2021 election campaign period is January 1 to December 31, 2021.

Candidates should be aware of the following dos and don’ts during the campaign period.

COVID-19: Guidance for canvassing and campaigning

The Government of Alberta has produced a guidance document to support canvassing and campaigning operations. The document outlines public health and infection prevention and control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among workers, volunteers and the general public.

COVID-19: Guidance for canvassing and campaigning.

This document and the guidance within it is subject to change and will be updated as needed. Current information related to COVID-19 can be found:

Form of a ballot

Candidates cannot use an image of a ballot in their advertising. The candidate’s name with an “X” beside is not considered to be an image of a ballot. Contact the Returning Officer with questions on the acceptability of material.

Voting stations

Campaigning or campaign materials (e.g. buttons, signs, cars with banners, t-shirts) are not permitted in voting stations or on voting station property on voting days.

Election signs

There are rules on the location, sizes, and fines for signs beside roads or on City boulevards. See the Temporary Signs on Highway Bylaw 29M97. View a brief summary of bylaws about election signs.

Complaints about the location of election signs should be made to a candidates’ office first.

Complaints about election signs on City property can also be reported to Calgary 311.

Campaign workers

Candidates are responsible for providing the required identification to all of their campaign workers/official agent.

For the purpose of free access to a building with 2 or more residence or a mobile park, candidates can provide campaign workers with a completed Form 12 Campaign Worker Proof of Identification.

Official agents

Candidates may appoint an official agent when they submit their nomination papers.  Candidates are not required to appoint an official agent.

An official agent must be an elector (eligible to vote, see section 47 of the LAEA). The duties of an official agent are those assigned by the candidate.


Scrutineers may be appointed by candidates to observe during the Advance Vote and on Election Day. Scrutineers must be 18 years of age or over. A person convicted of an offence under the Local Authorities Election Act, the Elections Act, or the Canada Elections Act in the past 10 years cannot be a scrutineer.

Scrutineers may observe election process except for voters marking their ballots. Scrutineers may attend more than one voting station. Scrutineers cannot vouch for a person to validate their identity and address.

Read more about the role of scrutineers

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.