2021 Municipal Election

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City of Cold Lake 2021 Municipal Election

The Cold Lake municipal election will be held Monday, October 18, 2021. Voters will elect one Mayor and six Councillors. The Mayor and Councillors are elected “at large,” meaning that each elected official represents every resident of the city.

The Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) governs municipal elections in Alberta. It sets out rules and regulations for candidates, donors, electors, and election administrators that must be followed before, during and after an election. Additionally, Cold Lake municipal Bylaw No. 682-AD-20, Election Bylaw establishes the rules specific to the City of Cold Lake’s municipal election.

The City of Cold Lake will update the following list of candidates who have been officially nominated for the 2021 election. Nominations may be received as early as January 1, 2021 and up to 12:00 pm on September 20, 2021. Nomination packages must be submitted to Cold Lake City Hall. See candidate information below for more details. 
List of Nominated Candidates (in order of date nomination was received)

Candidates for Mayor

Craig Copeland
Candidates for City Councillor

Ryan Bailey
Murray Gauthier
Vicky Lefebvre
Hussein Elkadri
Ray Cowell
Rhea McMillan
Bob Buckle
William (Bill) Charles Parker
Larry Ashcroft
Chris Vining
Ryan Lefebvre
Adele Richardson
Bob Mattice
Debra Pelechosky

When and where to vote

Election Day

Monday, October 18, 2021 - Election day walk-in voting (Energy Centre Reid Field House) - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Advance polls and drive-through voting

For those who wish to vote early, or who are unable to vote on election day, there are four (4) opportunities for advance voting. Three (3) advance polls will be held at the Energy Centre and one (1) at Cold Lake Seniors' Centre. Two of the advance polls will be "walk-in" and two "drive-through". Both drive-through polls will take place in the parking lot directly east of the Energy Centre. See the map for drive-through advance polling.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - Drive-through advance voting (Energy Centre east parking lot) - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - Walk-in advance voting (Energy Centre Reid Field House) - 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - Drive-through advance voting (Energy Centre east parking lot) - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, October 15, 2021 - Walk-in advance voting (Cold Lake Seniors' Centre, 1301-8 Ave.) - 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Special ballots

If you are unable to vote on Election Day, or at an advance polling station due to absence from the jurisdiction, or physical disability, you may apply to vote by special ballot, pursuant to section 77.1(1)(a) and 77.1(1)(b) of the Local Authority Election Act. For more information, contact the Deputy Returning O­fficer at City Hall by calling 780-594-4494 ex.7915. You can also email election2021@coldlake.com

Voting for people with visual impairments

If you are visually impaired and need assistance to vote in the 2021 Municipal Election, the City of Cold Lake will facilitate electors with visual disabilities, pursuant to section 4.30 of the City of Cold Lake Election Bylaw (682-AD-20), and section 78 of the Local Authority Election Act. At the Advance Polling on October 7 (Energy Centre) and October 15 (Harborview Seniors Centre) the City of Cold Lake will provide the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal (VAT), which is an electronic ballot marker designed for use by people who are unable to manually mark a ballot due to visual impairment. For more information, and for information on accommodation of any other disabilities, contact the Deputy Returning Officer at City Hall by calling 780-594-4494 ex.7915. You can also email election2021@coldlake.com.

ID requirements

In order to vote, as required by Section 53 of the Local Authorities Election Act, you must produce identification for inspection by an election worker. The identification must be in the form of one or more of the following documents that has the voter’s name and address on it:

  • Identification issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial or local) or an agency of that government that contains a photograph of the elector and their name and current address.
  • Bank or credit card statement or personal cheque.
  • Government cheque or cheque stub.
  • Income or property tax assessment notice.
  • Insurance policy or coverage card.
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee.
  • Pension Plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation.
  • Residential lease or mortgage statement.
  • Statement of government benefits (for example, employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support, or child tax benefit).
  • Utility bill (for example, telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water).
  • Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate.
  • A letter or form (attestation) confirming that the person lives at the stated address. The letter can be signed prior to the vote by an authorized representative of any of the following:
    • a commercial property management company;
    • a correctional institution;
    • a First Nations band or reserve;
    • a post-secondary institution;
    • a facility that provides services to the homeless;
    • a supportive living facility or treatment centre.

The following information should be reviewed by all prospective candidates:

•    The City of Cold Lake: Prospective Candidate Information Package (updated July14, 2021)
•    Tentative Calendar of Election Events October - December 2021 (updated July 14, 2021)
•    Municipal Affairs: A Candidate’s Guide: Running for Municipal Office in Alberta
•    Cold Lake Bylaw: 682-AD-20, Election Bylaw (updated August 20, 2021)
•    Cold Lake Bylaw No. 618-AD-18, Council Code of Conduct
•    Cold Lake Policy No. 123-AD-10 Council Compensation Policy
•    Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA)

Prospective candidates may also wish to seek legal advice regarding their obligations.

It is the responsibility of candidates to familiarize themselves about restrictions related to political advertising, campaigning and canvassing that applies to 4 Wing Cold Lake, as a defense establishment (Queen’s Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Forces, Vol 1. Art, 19.44)

All prospective nominees must submit the following to City Hall:

•    $200 Deposit (payable to the City of Cold Lake)
•    Form 4 Nomination Paper and Candidate's Acceptance
•    Form 5 Candidate Financial Information
•    Form A Release of Candidate Information
•    Form C Release of Official Agents Information (if an Official Agent is appointed)
•    Form 16R Statement of Scrutineer or Official Agent  (if an Official Agent or Scrutineer is appointed)

Prospective candidates may pick up copies of the forms and resources at City Hall during regular business hours.

Apply to work the election  (APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED)

The City of Cold Lake is hiring election workers to work during advance polls and on election day. Election workers are paid an hourly wage of $20.00/hour. Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Be available to attend one of two mandatory training sessions:
    • September 17, 2021, 2:30-4:30 p.m. or
    • September 24, 2021, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Be available to work the following days and hours: 
    • October 5, 2021, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • October 7, 2021, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • October 13, 2021, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • October 15, 2021, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • October 18, 2021, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Preference will be given to those with previous election employment experience. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Download the Election Worker Job Application

Contact information

All questions respecting the 2021 municipal election should be directed to:

Returning Officer Kristy Isert
Email: election2021@coldlake.com 
Phone: 780-594-4494