Government Relations

Election Tool Kit

The 30th general election in Alberta will elect members to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. It will take place on or before May 31, 2019. VAD’s Government Relations Working Group wants to make sure issues of importance to persons with disabilities and the disability service sector are part of the election discussions. We will also be networking with the Alberta Nonprofit Network to be part of a larger group to influence discussions during the time before the elections. The work of this group is to develop key messages and strategies to educate and influence individuals running for both the provincial and federal elections in 2019.

Advocacy Tips

How to Visit a Candidate or an Elected Official


Election Issue: Accessibility

Accessibility Legislation Summary

Accessibility Problems and Solutions

Accessibility Questions for Candidates

Accessibility Questions for Parties


Election Issue: Poverty

Poverty Summary

Poverty Problems and Solutions

Poverty Questions for Candidates

Poverty Questions for Parties


Sample Letter

View the Election Videos on our Social Action page!


Accessible Voting

When you receive your voter card, it should indicate if your polling station is accessible. If it does not, please contact your returning office. Their contact information is available on the Elections Alberta website.  https://www.elections.ab.ca/about-elections-alberta/returning-officers/


Contact the Alberta Advocate for Persons with Disabilities

Alberta's Advocate for Persons with Disabilities

The Advocates name is Tony Flores, learn more about the Advocate at alberta.ca/apd or call 1-800-272-8841.

Contact Your MLA and MP

Connect with government officials to help build and foster positive relationships.

Find your Provincial MLA


Find your federal MP

Tips for talking to your government official.

  • Consider yourself an information source. You have first hand knowledge of your issue;
  • Make the official aware of personal connections you share, no matter how insignificant they seem;
  • Be on time, be organized, and be concise;
  • Be courteous and thank them for their time and hard work;
  • Be flexible and expect changes – elected officials have unpredictable schedules;
  • Stay on message and anticipate their reaction and questions;
  • Give specific examples of how the issue affects you, your business, and your staff; and
  • Follow up on the meeting with a thank you note and any additional information they requested.


Register to Vote!

You will need your Alberta Driver’s License or Identification Card to access the system.