Address

Suite 100, 11510 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, AB T5G 2Y5

Phone

Phone: 780.415.2878

Outside Edmonton Calling Area
Dial: 310.0000
Followed by: 780.415.2878

Frequent Questions

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1. What is the job of the Electoral Boundaries Commission?

The job of the Electoral Boundaries Commission is to propose to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta that updates be made to Alberta’s provincial constituencies to reflect the population increases of the last 8 years and other factors.

View our Mandate for more information.

2. What population figures will the Commission use?

The Commission will obtain and consider census information, including that obtained in the 2016 federal census (released in February 2017), to determine the current populations of each of the 87 provincial constituencies, and any changes in that population since the last Electoral Boundary Commission review in 2009-10.

View our Population Figures.

3. What is the average population of each provincial constituency in Alberta?

The population of Alberta, determined by the 2016 federal census is the basis for the Alberta Electoral Boundary Commission’s work. The population of the province is approximately 4,062,695.

This figure reflects a downward adjustment of  9,180 based an update done in Fort McMurray by Statistics Canada in the autumn of 2016, it also reflects the addition of about 4,700, the estimated population of the Saddle Lake Reserve.

View our Population Figures for more information.

4. Why does the total population figure that the Commission is using differ from the 2016 Federal Census numbers?

Please see Question 3, above.

5. How do I find out the name of my current electoral constituency?

To find out the name of your current electoral constituency please click on this link: Elections Alberta.

6. How can I find out the estimated current population of my own constituency?

The estimated current population of each of Alberta’s 87 electoral constituencies can be found on our Population Figures page.

7. What approach will the Commission use in making its assessments?

The Commission will approach its assessments with a view to maintaining effective representation and clear and understandable boundaries.

8. What types of information will the Commission consider when making its recommendations?

The Commission will consider:

  • Your input
  • Population figures and relative population density throughout the province
  • Common community interests
  • Existing municipal and neighbourhood boundaries
  • Geographical features, including existing road systems, which suggest natural boundaries

See Electoral Boundaries Commission Act for more information.

9. What are the obligations of the Commission?

Overall, the Electoral Boundaries Commission is obliged to recommend constituency boundaries that respect that principle that each of our votes should be relatively equivalent to every other vote, while allowing for adjustments required to maintain effective representation in all constituencies.

10. Is the Commission obliged to recommend changes that will result in equal numbers of voters in each constituency?

Legislation allows a variance of up to 25% in the average population of certain constituencies, if required to result in effective representation. However, effective representation can generally be achieved with variances much below this 25% maximum.

In up to four remote constituencies, permitted variances may range to 50% below the provincial average. Currently this is the case in only 2 constituencies.

See Electoral Boundaries Commission Act for more information.

11. How will the Commission get the information it needs?

The Commission will hold two rounds of public consultations with Albertans.

Public hearings have taken place around the province, January-February 2017. Further public hearings will be held in July-August 2017.

Check back after June 30, 2017 for information on how to register to make a pretension at a public hearing or make a written submission.

12. Can the Commission increase the number of constituencies in Alberta to allow it to achieve its goals?

No. The Commission does not have jurisdiction to change the number of constituencies from 87.

13. Is the Commission required to change the boundaries of each constituency?

No. If the current population of a constituency is close to the provincial average, or where other factors indicate that it may be effectively represented as is, the Commission will not likely recommend any changes to its boundaries.

14. What timeline will the Commission follow?

October 31, 2016
Commission struck

January/February 2017

Public hearings round one

February 8, 2017

Deadline for written submissions round one

May 31, 2017

Interim report presented

July/August 2017

Public hearings round two

July/August 2017

Call for written submissions round two

October 31, 2017

Final report presented

15. How and when will constituency boundaries be changed?

After receipt of the Commission’s final report, the Legislature may pass legislation implementing those recommendations. If such legislation is implemented, Alberta’s constituency boundaries would change in time for the next provincial election.

16. What laws govern the Electoral Boundaries Commission?

The work of the Commission is established and governed by the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act and the Electoral Divisions Act.

It is subject to the requirements of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in particular to provisions of s. 3 of the Charter, that gives every Canadian citizen the right to vote in an election of members of a legislative assembly.

17. Why has the Commission been appointed now?

An Electoral Boundaries Commission had to be appointed on or before October 31, 2016 as directed by Alberta legislation.

Subsequent Commissions are to be appointed every eight to ten years, to reflect changes in population and otherwise.

This review commenced October 31, 2016 with the appointment of the current Electoral Boundaries Commission, and will conclude when the Commission files its final report with the Legislature, prior to October 31, 2017.

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