Report a Council Member Vacancy
Municipalities should report any council member vacancies to Municipal Affairs, along with potential by-election dates. Member vacancies would also include the Mayor of the municipality.
Who can report a vacancy?
The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), or their designate, of the municipality may submit vacancies.
What do I have to report?
- Member’s name
- Position (Mayor or Councillor)
- Date of vacancy
- Reason for resignation
- Date of by-election, if known
What does the member, who has vacated the seat, have to do?
The member must sign a written resignation and file it with the Chief Administrative Officer according to Section 83 of the Municipal Government Act.
Is there a deadline for holding a by-election for the vacant member?
The Municipal Government Act requires that a by-election be held within 6 months of vacancy with some exceptions. Read Sections 60-62 of the Act and the Election Regulations for more information.
Can I report multiple vacancies in one application?
You can report up to 3 vacancies per application. If you need to file more than 3, call Municipal Affairs at 902-620-3558.
Who can I contact for help holding a by-election?
Municipal Affairs can provide resources for holding a by-election. Visit the Municipal Elections page, or call 902-620-3558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.