Voting day is Monday, October 18, 2021. Polls open at 10:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM at the Taber Community Centre (Auditorium).
Registration for Candidates
Please note that the Local Authorities Election Act requires all municipal candidates to register with the Municipality in which they intend to run before they accept any campaign contributions. The registration form that must be completed and filed with the Municipality before raising funds is available in the Candidate's Package.
The Nomination Period for the 2021 Municipal Elections started January 1st, 2021 and ended on Nomination Day (September 20th, 2021). If you are considering putting your name forth during the Nomination Period, please contact the Chief Returning Officer to make an appointment for nomination. Packages can be picked up at the Town Administration Office or by calling the Chief Returning Officer starting January 4th, 2020.
Nomination papers may be filed with the Returning Officer prior to September 20th, 2021 by calling and making a scheduled appointment.
Nomination Day for the Town of Taber municipal election is Monday, September 20th, 2021between the hours of 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon at the Town of Taber Council Chambers located at A- 4900 50th Street, Taber, AB.
In order to run for Town Council, you must meet these minimum qualifications:
- 18 years of age or older
- Canadian citizen
- Have been a resident of the Town of Taber for the six consecutive months preceding Nomination Day
- You are not otherwise ineligible or disqualified
A person is ineligible to become a candidate under any of the following circumstances:
- If you are auditor of the municipality
- If you are an employee of the Town of Taber, unless granted a leave of abscence
- If your property taxes are more than $50 in arrears or you are in default of more than 90 days for any debt in excess of $500 to the municipality
- If you have, within the last 10 years, been convicted of an offence under the Local Authorities Election Act, the Election Act, the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act or the Canada Elections Act.
The Town of Taber Land Use Bylaw outlines the rules for campaign signs.
Any contraventions of the rules will be handled by the Returning Officer. The rules from the Land Use Bylaw Section 2.21.8 are as follows:
- Definition: a temporary sign which is used for political advertising and campaigning during a period of a federal, provicial, municipal, school board election, referendum, or plebiscite, and includes information signs used to identify and direct traffic to polling stations.
- Maximum Sign Area is 4.5 square metres
- Maximum Clear Height: 3.5 metres
- Election signs for municipal elections may be erected 30 days prior to the election day and must be removed within three days of the election day
- Election signs may not be illuminated or attached to trees
- The Town is not required to give notice for the removal of an unlawful election sign.
- No person shall deface or willfully cause damage to a lawfully erected election sign.
- Election signs may be posted on public property subject to the following conditions:
- Signs cannot be placed between the curb and the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, signs cannot be placed within 1 metre of the curb or edge of the pavement
- Signs cannot be placed within 30 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover or be located on a median or island
- Election signs may be posted on private property subject to the following conditions:
- Signs are posted with the consent of the owner or occupant of the property
- Signs may only be higher than 2 metres above ground level provided the signs are displayed indoors
- Portable signs may be used as Election Signs, but follow the Election Sign Rules.
Any advertisement, according to Section 148 (5) LAEA, including Election signs, circular, pamphlet or other paper shall NOT be printed or distributed indicating or showing it to be marked for any candidate.
SHOULD CAMPAIGN SIGNS REMAIN POSTED AFTER THE INDICATED TIME FRAME, THE TOWN SHALL DIRECT THE SIGNS BE REMOVED WITH ALL COSTS BEING CHARGED BACK THE CORRESPONDING CANDIDATE.
Any advertisement, according to Section 148 (5)LAEA, including Election signs, circular, pamphlet or other paper shall NOT be printed or distributed indicating or showing it to be marked for any candidate.
THE VOTING STATION FOR THE TOWN OF TABER 2021 GENERAL ELECTION SHALL BE DEFINED AS THE TABER COMMUNITY CENTRE INCLUDING ALL THE ADJOINING PARKING LOTS
Please click here for the Candidate Nomination Package.
The Town of Taber Council fulfills the legislative function of the Town’s municipal government. The Council is responsible for establishing corporate policy and setting the strategic priority of Town staff for both short and long term goals. To learn more about the roles of Council, please visit these links:
No. The Town's official logo and crest are copyrighted by the Town of Taber. Those who use the logo without the Town of Taber's express written consent are infringing on the Town's copyright, and this includes campaigners.
All Town of Taber logos, crests, graphic design elements, digital content, and designed visual identifiers are property of the Town of Taber. Unless an authorized party is given express written permission from the Town of Taber, anyone using those elements for private use are infringing on the Town's copyright.
If you see a candidate using the Town of Taber's logo in their materials, please contact the Returning Officer.
Further Resources for Candidates
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) has compiled a number of resources for potential candidates. Topics range from how to run, media relations, communications, skills needed, and the roles of different elected officials are all covered.
Resources for Women Running for Office
There are a number of resources and initiatives to help remove barriers for women considering entering politics. The resources are available by clicking the links below:
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association has compiled a number of resources available for women who are considering running for office.
Equal Voice is a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada. See their website and find more resources here. They also have a Campaign School to "equip women with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to run for political office in Canada."
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
The FCM has a number of resources available for women considering running for local government here.
Ready for Her
Initially prepared for the 2017 election, the Government of Alberta created a number of videos with women in politics, to provide insight and inspiration for other women seeking the same. You can view the playlist of videos here.
Diversity Resources for Candidates
The Town of Taber is providing links to help people of diverse backgrounds who are considering running for office. Diverse candidates are able to provide different perspectives that can assist Councils in making decisions for the whole community.
While these resources are written with citizens from diverse ethnic backgrounds in mind, all candidates are welcome to use the resources, and the Town of Taber encourages every person considering running in the election to avail themselves of the information.
In addition, please note that while a number of the resources are aimed at federal elections, diversity in the workplace, or are general links to information on diversity, the information may be useful for municipal candidates.
Elections Canada: Electoral Insight – Electoral Participation of Ethnocultural Communities
Government of Canada: Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Service
CBC Opinion Piece: "Why Diversity Matters in our Politics- And What Can be Done to Support It