Petitions are a way to express public opinion to Strathcona County Council. They are written requests that are organized and signed by electors within Strathcona County or by owners who would be liable to pay the local improvement tax. Once validated, a petition can be used to request that Council take action on a particular issue. The rules for preparing and filing petitions are set out in sections 219-226 of the Municipal Government Act.
There are three types of petitions used in Strathcona County:
- A formal petition for a public vote on a bylaw
- An informal petition also known as a statement of position
- A local improvement petition
The content supplied on this page is intended to provide general information regarding petitions and is not a replacement for consulting the relevant legislation or obtaining legal advice.
Petition for a public vote on a bylaw
Electors may petition for a new bylaw, or to amend or repeal an existing bylaw. The subject matter of the petition must be within Council’s power.
The following forms are meant to be used as templates and are not a replacement for consulting the legislation or obtaining legal counsel:
- LLS-Petition-Checklist.pdf (460.4 KB)
- LLS-Sample-Petition-LLS.pdf (571.8 KB)
- LLS-Sample-Statement-of-Representative.pdf (80.9 KB)
- LLS-Sample-Affidavit-of-Execution-of-Witness.pdf (89.0 KB)
Informal petition or statement of position
An informal petition, or statement of position, can be used to express a public opinion to Council. They cannot oblige Council to take action, but they can be a useful tool to indicate a public concern. There are no legislative requirements regarding statements of position, but the guidelines provided in the FAQ below will help ensure that your concern is easily understood by Council and Administration.
Local improvement petition
Local improvement projects are defined in the Municipal Government Act as projects which are beneficial to an area of a municipality and are paid for by an imposed tax to the benefiting area. Owners may petition for or against local improvement projects. The rules for preparing and filing a local improvement petition are set out in section 222-226 and 392 of the Municipal Government Act.
The following forms are meant to be used as templates and are not a replacement or consulting the legislation or obtaining legal counsel:
- LLS-Local-Improvement-Petition-Checklist.pdf (462.3 KB)
- LLS-Sample-Local-Improvement-Petition.pdf (168.6 KB)
- LLS-Sample-Petition-Against-a-Local-Improvement.pdf (182.5 KB)
- LLS-Sample-Statement-of-Representative.pdf (80.9 KB)
- LLS-Sample-Affidavit-of-Execution-of-Witness-for-Local-Improvement.pdf (88.7 KB)
When a petition is complete, petitioners should contact Legislative and Legal Services at 780-464-8157 to arrange a time to deliver the petition to the office.
When can I file a petition?
- Petitions for new bylaws can be filed as soon as sufficient signatures have been collected.
- Local improvement petitions can be filed as soon as sufficient signatures have been collected.
- In the case of a petition against a bylaw or resolution that is required to be publicly advertised under a section of the Municipal Government Act other than Part 8, the petition must be filed within 60 days from the end of the advertisement.
- In the case of a petition against proposed bylaws or resolutions required to be advertised under Part 8 of the Municipal Government Act, the petition must be filed within 15 days of the last day the bylaw or resolution is advertised.
- A statement of position can be submitted at any time.
What happens after I file a petition?
Legislative and Legal Services will review the petition and count the valid signatures. Within 45 days of receiving the petition, a report will be made to Council on whether the petition is sufficient or insufficient.
4. How many people do I need to sign a petition?Permanent link to How many people do I need to sign a petition?
- For a public vote on a new bylaw, or a vote against an existing bylaw, a minimum of 10% of the total population of Strathcona County must sign the petition.
- For a local improvement, the petition must be signed by two-thirds of the owners who would be liable to pay the local improvement tax and the owners who sign the petition must represent at least half of the value of the assessments for the parcels of land the tax would be imposed on.
- Signatures collected outside of the 60 day period before the petition is filed will not be counted
- There are no requirements for informal petitions or statements of position.
- Petitions for a public vote on a bylaw can only be signed by an elector. An elector is defined as a person who is at least 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen, and a resident of Strathcona County at the time of signing the petition.
- There are no restrictions for informal petitions or statements of position.
- Local improvement petitions can only be signed by the owner who would be liable to pay the local improvement tax.
6. What information needs to be included on a petition?Permanent link to What information needs to be included on a petition?
- Each page of the petition must contain an identical purpose statement which sets out which bylaw the petitioners are requesting a vote on
- Each petitioner must:
- Sign the petition
- Print their surname and given name
- Provide their address or legal description of the land where they reside
- Provide a telephone number or email address, if any
- Confirm their eligibility
- Include the date on which the petition was signed
- Have a witness sign opposite them, and each witness must sign an affidavit confirming the validity of the petitioner’s signature
7. Besides the petition itself, what other documents need to be submitted?Permanent link to Besides the petition itself, what other documents need to be submitted?
For petitions for a public vote on a bylaw, and for local improvement petitions, petitioners must submit the petition, a Statement of Representative, and an Affidavit of Execution of Witness for each signature collected.
8. What happens if my petition is deemed insufficient?Permanent link to What happens if my petition is deemed insufficient?
A petition could be deemed insufficient if it does not follow the requirements set out in the Municipal Government Act. If the petition is insufficient, Council will be notified but will not be required to take any action.
9. What are the guidelines for submitting an informal petition or statement of position?Permanent link to What are the guidelines for submitting an informal petition or statement of position?
- A statement of position must be legible
- The wording must be as brief and clear as possible
- If more than one page is submitted, please ensure that the entire wording of the statement of position is at the top of each page so that it is clear each person signing is agreeing to the original statement
- All petitioners should provide their printed surname and given name, signature, phone number or email address, home address or legal description of the land where they reside, and date of signature
- Designate one person as the contact person and provide their name, address or legal description of the land where they reside, telephone number, and email address (refer to the Statement of Representative template)
Jacqueline Roblin, Manager, Legislative Services