Elections Calgary

Recall petitions for Calgary City Council

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) allows citizens to recall a Member of Council through the process of a petition.

For the current term of Council, a notice of recall petition may be submitted between: April 22, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2024.

Who can submit a notice of recall petition?


To submit a notice of recall petition, an individual must be eligible to vote in Calgary’s General Election for the Member of Council the recall petition relates to.

How do I apply?


To begin a recall petition, you must first submit a notice of recall petition.

A notice of recall petition must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office – Elections Calgary and must:

  • Identify by name the Member of Council to whom the recall petition relates to
  • Identify by name the representative recall petitioner (the individual submitting the notice of recall petition) by name
  • Confirm that the municipality may direct any inquiries about the petition to the representative recall petitioner, and indicate the contact information is to be used for this purpose

A notice of recall petition must also be accompanied by a statement signed by the representative recall petitioner that:

  • Provides the street address of the representative recall petitioner or the legal description of the land on which the representative recall petitioner lives
  • The representative recall petitioner’s mailing address, if different
  • The representative recall petitioner’s telephone number or email address, if any
  • Confirms that the representative recall petitioner is an individual eligible to sign the recall petition and consents to the responsibilities of leading the recall petition, gathering signatures, and otherwise undertaking the role and discharging the duties of a representative recall petitioner
  • A $500 application fee, paid by cash, a certified cheque and/or a bank or postal money order made payable to “City of Calgary”

You may submit your original signed notice of recall petition to the Elections Calgary office by mail or in-person by appointment.

City of Calgary
Attn: Elections Calgary, Mailcode #207
P.O. Box 2100, Station ‘M’
Calgary, AB T2P 2M5

See our Contact Us page for more contact information.

What are the requirements for collecting signatures?


Once the notice of recall petition has been declared sufficient by the City Manager or Delegate the representative recall petitioner has 60 days to collect signatures and submit their recall petition.

Only an individual who is eligible to vote under the Local Authorities Election Act for the Member of Council the recall petition relates to may sign a recall petition for that Member of Council.

An individual may only sign a recall petition once.

Signatures collected must be done on one or more pages, each of which must contain the notice of recall petition.

A petitioner signing a recall petition must provide:

  • Their printed surname (last name) and printed given names (first name) or initials
  • Their signature
  • The street address or the legal description of the land on which the petitioner lives
  • Telephone number or email address, if any
  • The date on which the recall petition was signed

Each signature must be witnessed by a person 18 years of age or older who must:

  • Sign opposite to the signature of the petitioner
  • Make an affidavit that to the best of their knowledge, the signatures witnessed are those of individuals who are eligible to sign the petition.

Additional requirements

All signatures must be original signatures (no duplicate signatures) and no digital or online signatures will be accepted. Please ensure the recall petition is legible.

For the petition to be successful, the representative recall petitioner must collect signatures from at least 40 per cent of the population within the ward (or city for the recall of a mayor) (See provincial population estimates).

It is suggested that over and above the 40 per cent threshold of signatures be collected in case any signatures are invalidated during the verification process.

Questions about petitions?


If you have additional questions about petitions, email us at petitions@calgary.ca

When can an application be made?

A representative recall petitioner may not submit a notice of recall petition:

  • within the 18-month period immediately following the day on which the Member of Council named in the notice of recall petition was elected, or
  • within the period commencing on Jan. 1 of the year of Calgary’s General Election.

For the current term of Council, a notice of recall petition may be submitted between: April 22, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2024.

If the City Manager or Delegate publishes a recall petition in respect of a Member of Council, the City Manager or Delegate must not publish any further recall petition in relation the same Councillor during the same term of office.

What is the petition verification process?

Elections Calgary must verify the sufficiency or insufficiency of the recall petition within 45 days of submission.

This verification process will include:

  • Confirmation that only original signatures have been collected (no duplicates).
  • A review of signatures to ensure the required information was provided (name, physical address, contact information, date, signature).
  • Verification that a recall petition is signed by electors equal in number to at least 40 per cent of the population.
  • Confirmation that each signature of the petition was witnessed by a person 18 years of age or older and that the witness signed the required affidavit.

When determining the sufficiency of signatures collected on a recall petition, Elections Calgary will exclude the name of a person:

  • Whose signature is not witnessed
  • Whose signature is witnessed but for which no affidavit is attached to the petition
  • Whose signature appears on any page or form that does not contain the notice of recall petition
  • Whose printed name is not included or is incorrect
  • Whose street address or legal description of land is not included or is incorrect
  • Whose street address or legal description of land is not within the jurisdiction the notice of recall petition relates to
  • If the date when the petitioner signed the recall petition is not stated
  • When a recall petition is restricted to certain persons:
    • who is not one of those persons, or
    • whose qualification as one of those persons is not, or is incorrectly, described or set out.
  • Who signed the recall petition after the expiry of the recall petition signature period

What happens following the verification of a recall petition?

If a recall petition is declared to be sufficient, the following will take place:

  • The City Manager or Delegate will make a declaration as to the sufficiency of the recall petition at the next council meeting and the Member of Council will be removed from office.
  • Elections Calgary will publish the declaration of sufficiency online.
  • The declaration of sufficiency will be provided to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, the representative recall petitioner, and the Member of Council named in the recall petition.

Following a successful recall petition, a by-election is then triggered for that respective ward or city.

If a recall petition is declared to be insufficient or if no recall petition is submitted before the end of the recall petition signature period, the following will take place:

  • Elections Calgary will publish the declaration of insufficiency online.
  • The declaration of insufficiency will be provided to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, the representative recall petitioner, and the Member of Council named in the recall petition.

Note: The information on this website is provided for the convenience of reference only. Recall petitions are subject to further requirements in the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Those who wish to submit a recall petition are advised to refer to the MGA regarding the full extent of requirements and obligations.

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