The County of Grande Prairie No.1's electoral structure consists of nine (9) divisions in which residents, in their respective divisions, vote for the local Councillor. Each Council member serves a four-year term. The elected Council elects a Reeve and Deputy Reeve from Council on an annual basis. 

As an elected official, you will have the opportunity to shape the future of your municipality. The following general information is what you need to know, including rules about signage, funding your campaign and forms you will need to complete. 

Candidate Information Package is available and provides prospective candidates with additional information about running for County of Grande Prairie No. 1 Council. 

As of July 1, 2021 the former village of Hythe (now the Hamlet of Hythe) will fall within Division 7. Hythe residents are eligible to run for County Councillor of Division 7 in the upcoming municipal election and may submit their nominations papers by scheduling an appointment with the Returning Officer.

Any person nominated as a candidate in the village of Hythe during the period of January 1, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2021 is deemed to be nominated as a candidate for the County of Grande Prairie - Division 7 for the 2021 municipal election.

Eligibility
 All candidates must be eligible to vote in the election and must be:
  • at least 18 years old;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • be a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for the six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day;
  • not otherwise ineligible or disqualified. 

Candidates are subject to further requirements outlined in the Local Authorities Election Act. Candidates are advised to refer to the Local Authorities Election Act and, if required, obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.

 Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Municipal Election have now closed.

Nominations must be completed on the prescribed Form 4, Nomination Paper and Candidate's Acceptance and Form 5, Candidate Financial Information. Form 4 must be signed by at least five (5) people eligible to vote in the election and the forms must include original handwritten signatures. Digital signatures are not accepted. It is advisable to have more than the minimum required number of electors sign the form in case one or more signatures are not eligible to nominate. The nomination form states that candidates are required to make an affidavit saying that you are eligible for nomination, not disqualified from office, and that you will accept the office if you are elected. You must swear or affirm that affidavit before a Commissioner for Oaths or the Returning Officer. Returning Officer or delegate are available in person, by appointment. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

What to submit when filing your nomination:

 Hamlet of Hythe
As of July 1, 2021 the former village of Hythe (now the Hamlet of Hythe) will fall within Division 7. Hythe residents are eligible to run for County Councillor of Division 7 in the upcoming municipal election and may submit their nominations papers by scheduling an appointment with the Returning Officer.

Any person nominated as a candidate in the village of Hythe during the period of January 1, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2021 is deemed to be nominated as a candidate for the County of Grande Prairie - Division 7 for the 2021 municipal election.

 Release of Personal Information
The Returning Officer will receive requests for information regarding candidates running for County Councillor in the Municipal Election from organizations, individuals and the media. By completing the Authorization for Release of Personal Information form and submitting along with the Nomination Papers, the Returning Officer will be able to release, upon request, the following information:
  • Candidate's name
  • Contact Phone Number(s)
  • Contact Address
  • Picture 
 Election Advertising and Signs

Be sure to ask permission before putting signs on private land and contact Alberta One Call before you dig. Election signs will be permitted along the provincial highway system from the date the election is called until three days after the election. On all other properties, there is no restriction on the start date of election signs.

No campaign signs are allowed on the properties where the voting stations are located. For placement of election signs within Provincial Highway rights-of-ways review Alberta Transportation's guidelines. All election signage must be removed within 48 hours of the closing of the voting stations and within 3 days in Alberta Transportation highway right-of-ways. 

County Bylaw 3090 Council Code of Conduct prohibits Councillors from using the municipal logo for municipal elections and campaigning and candidates are also asked to refrain from using the municipal logo for their election campaign or campaign-related activities.

 Resources for Candidates
 Additional resources for candidates may be obtained from:

This information is published as a service to prospective candidates and is not inclusive of all information related to each office, election procedure, and legislation. Each candidate is responsible to comply with all applicable acts, regulations, and bylaws.