Information for Candidates

  • Election Day 2021 is October 18, 2021

Nomination Period  -  Read the Notice of Nomination Day

New for 2021, this period starts January 1, 2021 (as offices are closed on the holiday, nomination papers may be submitted starting January 4, 2021, during regular office hours).   The Nomination Period remains open until 12 noon on Nomination Day, Monday, September 20, 2021.


Due to the current pandemic, and to ensure the Returning Officer (or an authorized delegate) is available to accept nomination papers, potential candidates are encouraged to call and make an appointment prior to stopping by the Town office (403-933-4348).

The Town will post weekly website updates (if applicable) to keep the list of candidates as current as possible.  Any candidates who file their nomination papers before Noon on Fridays will be included in the weekly updates.

Proposed Amalgamation

Amalgamation negotiations continue through the Joint Friendship Agreement Committee meetings.  Candidates can stay informed by following the Town's Proposed Amalgamation information, which is updated regularly.

Candidates for this election should know that they may be running for a shortened term of office.  The proposed date of amalgamation is January 1, 2023.  However, this date could be changed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs when issuing an Order to Amalgamate.

Information Packages for Potential Candidates

Pre-Nomination Information

Pre-Nomination Information packages are available to download.  The information package will assist potential candidates to better understand the position of an elected official, including the expected duties, time commitments, pay and benefits available, etc.  The information package has been updated since the original publication (Dec, 23 2020).  If you have previously viewed the booklet, it is recommended that you check the Change Tracker to see if anything has changed since you downloaded the package.  If you have questions, please email the Returning Officer or call the Town Office (403-933-4348).  A second information package is available below, to assist candidates through the period after filing nomination papers.

Nomination forms are included in the Nomination Information Package or they can be downloaded as a separate package here.  You can also pick up a set from the Town Office during regular office hours.  It is recommended that you call ahead and ensure that the returning officer is available to answer any questions you might have.  

The Town of Black Diamond requires nomination deposits.  A new Nomination Deposit Bylaw (2021-01) was passed in January 2021, and Ministerial Order MSD:103/20 affects available payment options for a candidate's deposit as well.  The Ministerial Order is in effect only for the 2021 general election.

Council replaced its Council Code of Conduct Bylaw on September 1, 2021.  Please be sure to read the new Council Code of Conduct Bylaw 2021-16.  Elected Officials will be asked to acknowledge having read this bylaw when taking their Oath of Office at the Organizational Meeting.

Municipal Affairs also provides some information for potential candidates:

The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) also provides some great information on Running for Office.

Now That You've Been Nominated

"Now That You've Been Nominated" Information packages are available to download.  These information packages will assist candidates during the period after filing their nomination papers.  This booklet has been amended since its original publication in May, 2021.  You can track the changes since you last read the document using the Document Change Tracker.

On July 21, 2021 Council adopted Bylaw 2021-11 Election Signs Bylaw to provide candidates with clearly defined locations on public lands where they may post their election signs.  Be sure you are prepared to post your signs in appropriate locations.

Both of these information packages will provide an understanding of the requirements of Candidates and help to prepare for the early duties and requirements of a member of Council, should they be elected.  If you have questions, please email the Returning Officer or call the Town Office (403-933-4348).

Anyone interested in running for office, or who has already filed nomination papers should check this website and the Information Packages regularly for updates, new information and any changes, particularly in this pandemic year of operational change.

Changes to Candidate's Campaign-Financial Reporting

For the upcoming 2021 Municipal election, the Local Authorities Election Act has been amended.  The Act requires that:

  • "no person shall accept a contribution or incur a campaign expense unless the person has been nominated as a candidate."  
  • All candidates must file campaign disclosure statements.  
  • Candidates may be required to open a bank account, as specified by the Act.  
  • Requirements set out in this Part of the Act are the sole responsibility of each candidate.  

Be sure you become familiar with all of the requirements for campaign contributions, expenditures, banking rules and the required disclosures.  This information can be found in Part 5.1 of the Local Authorities Election Act, sections 147.1 through 147.96, inclusive.  There are financial penalties for late filing of required disclosures and further actions available through the office of the Election Commissioner.

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