The Town of Stony Plain will be holding a municipal election on Monday, October 18, 2021, where voters will elect one Mayor and 6 Councillors.

Nomination period

Nomination period opens: Monday, January 4, 2021

Nomination period closes: Monday, September 20, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Nomination day

New this year is the nomination period which runs from January 4, 2021 to 12:00 p.m. Monday, September 20, 2021.

More details for potential candidates can be found in the Nomination Package and the Candidate Information Package.

Nomination form

Every nomination of a candidate shall be completed through the submission of a Nomination Form and Candidate's Acceptance. Each nomination form must be fully completed, and include the signatures of at least 5 eligible electors. To ensure validity of nominations, a candidate may submit more than the required 5 elector's signatures. If a nomination is not signed by at least 5 electors, the Returning Officer cannot accept the form.

The Town does not collect a deposit to file nomination papers.

More details for potential candidates can be found in the Nomination Package and the Candidate Information Package.

Filing of nomination papers
Nominations for the offices of Mayor and Councillor will be accepted by appointment with the Returning Officer at Town Hall (4905-51 Avenue), beginning on January 4, 2021 until 12:00 p.m. on September 20, 2021. The Returning Officer is unable to accept nominations before January 1, 2021 or after 12:00 p.m. on Nomination Day. Facsimiles and electronically submitted copies will not be accepted.

At any time after the commencement of the nomination period a person may request  to examine the filed nomination papers by contacting the Returning Officer to make arrangements.

School Trustee nomination forms are not accepted by the Town of Stony Plain. They must be delivered to the appropriate School Board Returning Officer.

The candidate is responsible for ensuring that the nomination papers filed meet the requirements of the Local Authorities Election Act.

More details for potential candidates can be found in the Nomination Package and the Candidate Information Package.

Withdraw of nomination papers

Any candidate may withdraw at any time between January 4, 2021 and 12:00 p.m. September 20, 2021 (Nomination Day).

Following the close of Nomination Day at 12:00 p.m. on September 20, 2021, a candidate may withdraw within 24 hours, provided that more than 1 candidate for Mayor or 6 candidates for Councillor have been nominated.

The Returning Officer is unable to accept a withdrawal after 12:00 pm on September 20, 2021 if it could result in less than the required number of candidates for that office.

If a candidate wishes to withdraw their nomination papers, a written notice must be provided to the Returning Officer no later than 12:00 p.m., September 21, 2021.

More details for potential candidates can be found in the Nomination Package and the Candidate Information Package.

Election by acclamation

If at the close of Nomination Day at 12:00 p.m. on September 20, 2021, the number of candidates nominated for any office is the same as the number of required to be elected, the Returning Officer shall declare the candidates to be acclaimed to the offices for which they were nominated.

More details for potential candidates can be found in the Candidate Information Package.

Election sign guidelines

Election signs in the Town of Stony Plain are regulated under Land Use Bylaw 2642/LUO/21. 

Campaign finance

The Local Authorities Election Act establishes rules for campaign financing and contribution disclosure and has been amended since the 2017 general election.

Municipal Campaign Finance FAQ

Campaign Finance Fact Sheet

Additional information and resources for candidates

Learn more about election processes using resources from the Town of Stony Plain, Alberta Municipal Affairs, and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.

 Town bylaws, policies and guides 

Candidate Information Package

Code of Conduct Bylaw

Council Compensation and Expenses Policy

Election Bylaw

Municipal Campaign Finance FAQ

Nomination Package

Parental Leave for Elected Officials

Release of Candidate Information

Release of Official Agent Information

 Election forms

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Form 4 - Nomination Paper and Candidate's Acceptance

Form 5 - Candidate Financial Information

Form 26 - Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement

 Other resources
Alberta Municipal Affairs municipal election website

Alberta Queen's Printer

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

AUMA - Running for Municipal Office

Campaign Finance Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Information: Guide for Canvassing and Campaigning

Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce - 2021 All-Candidates Forums

Local Authorities Election Act

Municipal Government Act

 

 Council Onboarding

The Town of Stony Plain Code of Conduct Bylaw specifies that elected officials are expected to attend orientation at the start of each Council term unless excused by Council.

For the purposes of the 2021 municipal election, Council onboarding will begin immediately following the election. A full schedule will be provided to successful candidates, however all prospective candidates should be aware of the time commitments required to participate in onboarding activities:

  • October 19, 2021 - October 22, 2021 – Initial onboarding activities will be scheduled with individual councillors.
  • October 25, 2021 - Council photographs, swearing-in ceremony and organizational meeting.
  • October 27 - 29, 2021 - Onboarding sessions.
  • November 1 - 4, 2021 - Onboarding sessions continued.
  • November 8 - 10, 2021 - Corporate Planning (to be confirmed during the Organizational Meeting on October 25, 2021)
  • Council Meetings (to be confirmed during the Organizational Meeting on October 25, 2021):
    • November 29, 2021
    • December 6, 2021
    • December 13, 2021
  • January 16 - 18, 2022 - Proposed Strategic Planning