Edmonton City Council

The Edmonton City Council is the governing body of the City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Edmonton City Council
Term limits
4 Years
FoundedOctober 8, 1904; 116 years ago (1904-10-08) (City)
February 10, 1892; 129 years ago (1892-02-10) (Town)
New session started
October 2017
Don Iveson
since October 29, 2013
Seats13 (12 Councillors+Mayor)
CommitteesBoards, Commissions and Committees
Last election
October 16, 2017
Next election
October 18, 2021
Meeting place
Edmonton City Hall
The council chambers in City Hall.

Edmonton currently has one mayor and 12 city councillors. Elections are held every four years. The most recent was held in 2017, and the next is in 2021. The mayor is elected across the whole city, through the First Past the Post plurality voting system. Councillors are elected one per ward, a division of the city, through the First Past the Post plurality voting system.

On July 22, 2009, City Council voted to change the electoral system of six wards to a system of 12 wards; each represented by a single councillor. The changes took effect in the 2010 election. In the 2010 election, Edmonton was divided into 12 wards each electing one councillor. Before that system was adopted in 1980, the city at different times used a variety of different electoral systems for the election of its councillors: two different systems of wards, one using FPTP, the other Block Voting systems; at-large elections with Block Voting; and at-large elections using Single Transferable Voting (when Alternative Voting was used to elect mayors).

In May 2019, Edmonton’s Ward Boundary Commission began reviewing the city’s current geographical boundaries.[1][2] The final report was delivered on May 25, 2020.[3] On December 7, 2020 Bylaw 19366[4] was passed which included the new geographical boundaries and new Indigenous ward names.[5] The Indigenous ward names were determined by the Committee of Indigenous Matriarchs[6][7] and will come into effect on October 18, 2021, the date of the 2021 municipal election. The Committee of Indigenous Matriarchs, also referred to as the naming committee was composed of 17 women representing communities from treaty territories 6, 7 and 8, along with Métis and Inuit representation.[8][6]