As voters head to the polls on October 18, 2021 to cast their ballot in the Municipal Election, there will be two referendum questions they'll need to answer. Albertans will need to consider whether:

  • to remove the principle of equalization payments from Canada's constitution
  • Alberta should remain on Daylight Saving Time (summer hours) year-round


Equalization gives federal funding to provinces less well-off so that all provinces can provide a similar level of services to their citizens. This funding mainly comes from federal taxes and fees.

The question that Albertans will be asked is: 

"Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?"

For more information on Equalization and the Constitution Act, 1982, visit


Daylight Saving Time 

Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?  

By responding with a YES, you are indicating you would like to remain on "summer hours" year round, no longer changing our clocks in March and November. This will change the time we experience sunrise and sunset in fall and winter, but summer hours would stay the same. 

For example: In Northern Alberta during the winter months, the sunrise wouldn't take place till after 10am, and sunset would be closer to 5pm. 

By voting NO, means you support continuing the current practice of turning the clocks forward in March and backward in November.

For more information on Daylight Saving Time and how it would effect your region, visit

Information provided by the Government of Alberta and