What's New...

  • All pages on this website have been updated to reflect the expanded role and responsibilities of the Office of the Election Commissioner under Part 9 of the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA). 

  • Amendments to the LAEA, specifying the role of the Election Commissioner in local government elections, came into force on August 1, 2019.  These are found in Part 9 of the LAEA.

  • The Election Commissioner is legislatively required to enforce the provisions of Part 5.1 (Campaign Finance and Contribution Disclosure) and Part 8 (Third Party Advertising) of the LAEA. These provisions also pertain to by-elections held prior to local authority general elections schA NEWS RELEASE from the Election Commissioner announcing the Office of the Election Commissioner’s first ANNUAL REPORT.

It is the job of the Election Commissioner to ensure Alberta’s election laws (the Election Act, the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act and the Local Authorities Election Act) are complied with and enforced. To do this job, the Election Commissioner has the authority to: 

• conduct investigations

• enter into compliance agreements 

• issue letters of reprimand

• levy administrative  penalties

• apply to the Court for an injunction (during an election period)

• recommend prosecutions 

• receive complaints regarding government advertising during election periods and by-election periods


The Election Commissioner has jurisdiction over Alberta provincial and local authority election laws only.

This does not include complaint investigation or enforcement matters relating to federal elections.

With regard to local authority elections, the Election Commissioner’s responsibilities are limited to investigating complaints and enforcing campaign finance, financial disclosure and third party advertising laws only.