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Reminder: Provincial Legislation Affects Municipal Campaign Contributions

(Fort McMurray, AB – January 10, 2017) – With the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 16, 2017, the Municipality reminds candidates about provincial legislation that affects municipal campaign contributions.

Provincial legislation now requires individuals who intend to run for all future municipal elections to register with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo before accepting any campaign contributions.  

Section 147.21 of the Local Authorities Election Act, requires individuals to file an “Application for Registration of Notice of Intent to Become a Candidate for Municipal Office” with the Municipality, setting out:

  1. the full name and address of the candidate;
  2. the address where the records of the candidate are maintained and where any communications may be addressed;
  3. names and addresses of financial institutions where campaign contributions will be deposited; and
  4. names of signing authorities of all of the financial institutions listed.

When there is any change to this information, the registered candidate shall notify the Municipality in writing within 48 hours after the change. The Municipality will update the register of candidates accordingly.

A candidate who is found guilty of not adhering to the legislation will be liable to a fine of not more than $1,000. 

The legislation, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2014, does not apply if the candidate’s entire election campaign is funded exclusively out of the candidate’s own funds, up to a maximum of $10,000. 

For more information and the application mentioned above, visit rmwb.ca/elections or call 780-743-7001.

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