Information for Candidates

The next municipal election will be October 16, 2017

Please note this page will continue to be updated throughout 2017.

Thinking of Running for Council?

Running for Council
Becoming an Elected Official is an excellent way to serve your community yet it requires a great deal of time and effort. The links below will provide you with important information about the nomination process and the expectations and requirements of Elected Officials in Chestermere. If you have any questions that have not been addressed below, please feel free to contact City Hall at (403) 207-7050.


Please note that some of these resources are from 2013 and may not be accurate for the 2017 election. Updated resources will be provided here as they become available. 

  • 2017 Chestermere's Guide for Prospective Candidates. This package covers some general information on what it means to be a Councillor, the role of a Councillor, Councillor salaries, the difference between the Mayor and Councillors and some general campaign rules. Please note that this package is subject to change.

NEW! *Local Authorities Election Act Changes: 

There have been several major changes to the Election Act that will apply to the 2017 election including:
  • The term of office for a member of Council will now be four years
  • Voter identification will be required
  • Potential municipal candidates will be required to register with the municipality before they accept any campaign contributions prior to nomination day. *Application for Registration of Notice of Intent to Become a Candidate for Municipal Office must be completed at City Hall. 
  • Candidates will be required to donate all surplus municipal campaign funds to a charity or the municipality if they do not run in the next election
  • Candidates will be required to clear campaign deficits if they are not running in the next general election.

For the full list of changes to the Local Authorities Election Act view the Election Amendments Information Bulletin from Municipal Affairs. 

Prospective Candidate Training Sessions 

Please check back for 2017 dates as they become available. 

Election - Related Bylaws & Legislation:


Please note that this list is not exhaustive and bylaws may be amended or added in the next few months.


Contact the Returning Officer by email or call (587) 830-2842