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Referendum Results

Event:

The Order in Council to conduct a constitutional referendum on equalization was issued on August 9, 2021. The referendum vote took place in conjunction with the 2021 Alberta Municipal Elections. The referendum question asked electors:

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?

Electors could vote “yes” or “no” on the question.

The results table below includes:
  • Provincial Results: The top row reporting “Provincial Total” is the provincial results of the vote.
  • Municipal Results: The totals reported by each municipality are provided. Where a municipality conducted the vote for a summer village, First Nation, improvement district or special area, the additional jurisdiction included in that municipalities reported total can be accessed by clicking on the arrow.
  • Rejected Ballots: There are two categories of rejected ballots:
    • The Rejected as Blank column represents the ballots that were left blank. In the Local Authorities Election Act, the process to decline a ballot is to leave it blank. There were 49,401 rejected as blank ballots in the referenda on equalization.
    • The Rejected for Other Reasons column represents the ballots that were rejected where more than one vote was cast, or where the intent of the voter could not be determined during the count. There were 1,633 ballots rejected for other reasons in the referenda on equalization.
  • Estimated Turnout: Turnout information by municipality is not available, as most municipalities do not use a list of electors and all voters register at the polls. Elections Alberta maintains the provincial List of Electors, which as of April 2021 included 2,822,303 electors. This figure does not include any new registrations that occurred during the municipal elections at the polls. The estimated turnout for the referenda on equalization, using the provincial List of Electors, is 38.7%.

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Jurisdiction Number of Electors Who Voted Yes No Rejected as Blank (Declined) Rejected for Other Reasons
Provincial Total
Valid Vote Count Percentage
1,092,704 642,501
61.7%
399,169
38.3%
49,401 1,633
ACME 137 106 29 2 0
AIRDRIE 12,029 8,161 3,438 420 10
  • ALBERTA BEACH
    Includes results from:
    Summer Village of Castle Island,
    Summer Village of Sunset Point,
    Summer Village of Val Quentin
255 192 60 2 1
ALIX 215 160 44 11 0
ALLIANCE 78 62 13 3 0
AMISK 60 55 4 0 1
ANDREW 150 97 33 18 2
ARROWWOOD 71 45 19 7 0
ATHABASCA 730 425 243 50 12
ATHABASCA COUNTY 2,221 1,696 453 66 6
  • BANFF
    Includes results from:
    Improvement District No. 09 (Banff)
2,093 738 1,039 311 5
BARNWELL 213 167 32 14 0
BARONS 107 81 20 6 0
BARRHEAD 1,366 904 362 94 6
BASHAW 318 227 79 11 1
BASSANO 427 320 90 17 0
BAWLF 84 57 25 2 0
BEAUMONT 4,578 2,762 1,481 335 0
BEAVER COUNTY 1,462 1,148 278 31 5
BEAVERLODGE 486 362 103 18 3
BEISEKER 243 171 65 6 1
BENTLEY 309 229 65 14 1
BERWYN 67 49 17 1 0
BIG LAKES COUNTY 1,353 1,065 243 37 8
BIG VALLEY 145 103 40 2 0
BIRCH HILLS COUNTY 365 290 50 24 1
BITTERN LAKE 80 66 10 4 0
BLACK DIAMOND 859 610 224 24 1
BLACKFALDS 1,459 1,130 264 65 0
BON ACCORD 361 246 107 5 3
  • BONNYVILLE
    Includes results from:
    Summer Village of Bonnyville Beach,
    Summer Village of Pelican Narrows
1,290 946 264 77 3
BOW ISLAND 304 203 85 15 1
BOWDEN 367 277 82 8 0
  • BOYLE
    Includes results from:
    Summer Village of Bondiss,
    Summer Village of Mewatha Beach
253 179 60 12 2
BRAZEAU COUNTY 2,670 2,273 334 59 4
BRETON 166 127 32 4 3
BROOKS 2,550 1,811 587 141 11
BRUDERHEIM 203 158 43 1 1
BUFFALO LAKE MÉTIS SETTLEMENT 44 33 11 0 0
CALGARY 392,780 218,856 157,244 16,463 217
CALMAR 552 422 113 16 1
CAMROSE 5,288 3,398 1,503 384 3
CAMROSE COUNTY 2,293 1,792 460 34 7
CANMORE 4,838 1,565 2,798 474 1
CARBON 235 184 40 11 0
CARDSTON 1,306 1,008 215 80 3
  • CARDSTON COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Blood Indian Reserve #148,
    Blood Tribe
1,338 1,108 173 56 1
CARMANGAY 119 77 36 4 2
CAROLINE 96 70 21 5 0
CARSTAIRS 1,214 939 235 40 0
CASTOR 309 231 59 16 3
CHAMPION 125 102 20 1 2
CHAUVIN 142 118 22 2 0
CHESTERMERE 4,731 3,330 1,139 259 3
CHIPMAN 108 79 28 1 0
CLARESHOLM 1,469 991 391 83 4
CLEAR HILLS COUNTY 602 495 91 15 1
  • CLEARWATER COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Big Horn Indian Reserve #144A,
    O'Chiese First Nation,
    O'Chiese Indian Reserve #203,
    Sunchild Cree Indian Reserve #202,
    Sunchild First Nation
3,676 2,992 581 87 16
CLIVE 186 165 20 1 0
CLYDE 63 34 25 4 0
COALDALE 2,862 1,916 611 335 0
COALHURST 632 428 179 16 9
COCHRANE 6,844 4,395 2,206 240 3
COLD LAKE 2,737 1,909 713 112 3
CONSORT 216 172 34 7 3
CORONATION 293 231 49 12 1
COUNTY OF BARRHEAD NO. 11 1,678 1,304 313 55 6
COUNTY OF FORTY MILE NO. 8 399 350 42 7 0
COUNTY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE NO. 1 4,933 3,934 885 98 16
COUNTY OF MINBURN NO. 27 719 476 212 29 2
COUNTY OF NEWELL 1,528 1,290 202 36 0
COUNTY OF NORTHERN LIGHTS 713 557 143 10 3
COUNTY OF PAINTEARTH NO. 18 446 376 63 6 1
COUNTY OF ST. PAUL NO. 19 2,495 1,890 503 102 0
1,877 1,587 254 33 3
COUNTY OF TWO HILLS NO. 21 910 722 183 5 0
COUNTY OF VERMILION RIVER 2,326 1,937 316 60 13
COUNTY OF WARNER NO. 5 428 350 60 17 1
  • COUNTY OF WETASKIWIN NO. 10
    Includes results from:
    Ermineskin Indian Reserve #138,
    Ermineskin Tribe,
    Louis Bull Indian Reserve #138B,
    Louis Bull Tribe,
    Montana First Nation,
    Montana Indian Reserve #139,
    Pigeon Lake Indian Reserve #138A,
    Summer Village of Argentia Beach,
    Summer Village of Crystal Springs,
    Summer Village of Grandview,
    Summer Village of Ma-Me-O Beach,
    Summer Village of Norris Beach,
    Summer Village of Poplar Bay
2,710 2,183 489 38 0
COUTTS 74 61 11 2 0
COWLEY 48 39 9 0 0
CREMONA 144 91 42 8 3
CROSSFIELD 550 444 104 2 0
CROWSNEST PASS 1,749 1,215 474 52 8
CYPRESS COUNTY 1,809 1,494 272 41 2
CZAR 79 70 8 1 0
DAYSLAND 317 228 70 18 1
DELBURNE 170 133 37 0 0
DELIA 53 43 10 0 0
DEVON 2,083 1,395 655 32 1
DIDSBURY 1,669 1,120 404 143 2
DONALDA 95 74 12 8 1
DONNELLY 50 32 18 0 0
DRAYTON VALLEY 1,849 1,478 327 39 5
DRUMHELLER 2,653 1,803 714 50 86
DUCHESS 176 152 23 1 0
EAST PRAIRIE MÉTIS SETTLEMENT 17 8 8 1 0
ECKVILLE 271 215 52 4 0
EDBERG 54 42 11 0 1
EDGERTON 147 113 28 1 5
EDMONTON 235,852 108,059 116,632 10,997 164
EDSON 1,775 1,278 399 91 7
ELIZABETH MÉTIS SETTLEMENT 20 14 6 0 0
ELK POINT 475 310 126 38 1
ELNORA 91 70 21 0 0
EMPRESS 104 69 29 6 0
FAIRVIEW 428 332 90 6 0
FALHER 201 155 41 4 1
FISHING LAKE MÉTIS SETTLEMENT 32 19 11 1 1
FLAGSTAFF COUNTY 793 680 101 12 0
FOOTHILLS COUNTY 4,199 3,370 809 19 1
FOREMOST 204 148 43 13 0
FORESTBURG 184 140 40 4 0
FORT MACLEOD 726 481 200 44 1
FORT SASKATCHEWAN 6,269 3,983 1,963 322 1
FOX CREEK 443 332 94 17 0
GIBBONS 782 539 219 23 1
GIROUXVILLE 58 47 10 1 0
GLENDON 158 121 31 5 1
GLENWOOD 124 89 31 4 0
GRANDE PRAIRIE 9,801 6,382 2,804 434 181
GRIMSHAW 386 279 106 1 0
HALKIRK 39 34 5 0 0
HANNA 801 618 141 42 0
HARDISTY 228 186 37 5 0
HAY LAKES 122 97 22 1 2
HEISLER 29 24 5 0 0
HIGH LEVEL 439 289 132 16 2
HIGH PRAIRIE 693 424 215 53 1
HIGH RIVER 4,241 2,909 1,068 261 3
HILL SPRING 76 57 17 2 0
HINES CREEK 110 86 20 4 0
HINTON 2,763 1,792 791 164 16
HOLDEN 109 78 27 4 0
HUGHENDEN 93 64 25 4 0
HUSSAR 68 60 8 0 0
IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 04 (WATERTON) 21 9 12 0 0
INNISFAIL 2,679 1,364 944 371 0
INNISFREE 52 30 17 5 0
IRMA 168 145 20 3 0
IRRICANA 370 281 85 4 0
  • JASPER
    Includes results from:
    Improvement District No. 12 (Jasper National Park)
1,363 488 786 86 3
KILLAM 213 164 47 2 0
KITSCOTY 230 183 44 3 0
KNEEHILL COUNTY 1,275 1,047 201 22 5
  • LAC LA BICHE COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Heart Lake First Nation,
    Heart Lake Indian Reserve #167
3,219 2,283 713 213 10
3,017 2,350 561 104 2
LACOMBE 2,464 1,659 685 119 1
  • LACOMBE COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Summer Village of Birchcliff,
    Summer Village of Half Moon Bay,
    Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove
2,490 2,021 431 32 6
LAMONT 439 317 100 22 0
LAMONT COUNTY 1,144 601 470 68 5
LEDUC 7,007 4,746 1,897 357 7
LEDUC COUNTY 3,705 2,864 750 65 26
LEGAL 379 262 102 12 3
LETHBRIDGE 28,293 15,608 10,761 1,892 32
LETHBRIDGE COUNTY 1,209 986 188 35 0
LINDEN 212 158 41 13 0
LLOYDMINSTER 2,123 1,813 310 0 0
LONGVIEW 150 108 42 0 0
LOUGHEED 67 46 18 3 0
MACKENZIE COUNTY 1,293 1,081 152 50 10
MAGRATH 841 618 179 42 2
MANNING 265 189 67 9 0
MANNVILLE 225 159 58 8 0
MARWAYNE 174 130 40 4 0
MAYERTHORPE 191 141 45 4 1
MCLENNAN 220 134 72 14 0
MEDICINE HAT 19,998 12,846 5,667 1,478 7
MILK RIVER 435 309 101 24 1
MILLET 505 359 139 7 0
MILO 65 49 14 2 0
  • MINISTRY OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
    Includes results from:
    Cold Lake First Nations,
    Cold Lake Indian Reserve #149,
    Cold Lake Indian Reserve #149A,
    Cold Lake Indian Reserve #149B,
    Cold Lake Indian Reserve #149C,
    Eden Valley Indian Reserve #216,
    Frog Lake First Nation,
    Improvement District No. 24 (Wood Buffalo),
    Kananaskis Improvement District,
    Kehewin Cree Nation,
    Kehewin Indian Reserve #123,
    Peigan Indian Reserve #147, Piikani Nation,
    Puskiakiwenin Indian Reserve #122,
    Special Areas Board, Stoney (Bearspaw) First Nation, Stoney (Chiniki) First Nation, Stoney (Wesley) First Nation, Stoney Indian Reserve No. 142, 143 & 144 (Morley), Stoney Nakoda Nation, Summer Village of Birch Cove, Summer Village of Ghost Lake,Unipouheos Indian Reserve #121,
314 184 23 5 102
MORINVILLE 2,640 1,702 792 141 5
MORRIN 77 55 17 3 2
MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY 3,850 3,076 666 104 4
MUNDARE 352 241 88 23 0
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF ACADIA NO. 34 160 137 19 4 0
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF BIGHORN NO. 8 449 232 202 12 3
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF BONNYVILLE NO. 87 4,272 3,427 606 239 0
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF FAIRVIEW NO. 136 440 341 84 13 2
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF GREENVIEW NO. 16 2,225 1,746 403 70 6
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF LESSER SLAVE RIVER NO. 124 1,009 773 203 31 2
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF OPPORTUNITY NO. 17 966 520 347 99 0
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF PEACE NO. 135 222 164 52 6 0
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF PINCHER CREEK NO. 9 958 657 284 17 0
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF PROVOST NO. 52 698 621 65 10 2
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF RANCHLAND NO. 66 26 21 4 1 0
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF SMOKY RIVER NO. 130 812 613 165 31 3
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF SPIRIT RIVER NO. 133 177 149 23 5 0
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF TABER 972 812 120 26 14
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF WAINWRIGHT NO. 61 1,380 1,144 209 27 0
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF WILLOW CREEK NO. 26 1,342 1,083 207 51 1
MUNSON 94 80 10 4 0
MYRNAM 61 50 11 0 0
NAMPA 86 69 15 2 0
NANTON 774 548 206 20 0
NOBLEFORD 256 209 47 0 0
NORTHERN SUNRISE COUNTY 494 354 127 13 0
OKOTOKS 7,523 5,170 2,006 346 1
OLDS 2,361 1,580 586 194 1
  • ONOWAY
    Includes results from:
    Summer Village of Island Lake,
    Summer Village of Island Lake South,
    Summer Village of Nakamun Park,
    Summer Village of Ross Haven,
    Summer Village of Sandy Beach,
    Summer Village of Silver Sands,
    Summer Village of South Baptiste,
    Summer Village of South View,
    Summer Village of Sunrise Beach,
    Summer Village of Sunset Beach,
    Summer Village of West Baptiste,
    Summer Village of West Cove,
    Summer Village of Whispering Hills,
    Summer Village of Yellowstone
476 347 117 12 0
OYEN 201 170 28 3 0
PADDLE PRAIRIE MÉTIS SETTLEMENT 8 7 0 1 0
PARADISE VALLEY 39 31 8 0 0
  • PARKLAND COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Enoch Cree Nation #440,
    Paul First Nation,
    Stony Plain Indian Reserve #135,
    Summer Village of Point Alison,
    Summer Village of Seba Beach,
    Wabamun Indian Reserve #133A,
    Wabamun Indian Reserve #133B
7,836 5,615 1,929 288 4
PEACE RIVER 1,886 1,144 628 105 9
PEAVINE MÉTIS SETTLEMENT 45 21 21 3 0
PENHOLD 834 419 349 66 0
PICTURE BUTTE 225 176 43 3 3
PINCHER CREEK 1,214 788 361 63 2
PONOKA 1,606 1,112 386 108 0
  • PONOKA COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Samson Cree Nation,
    Samson Indian Reserve #137,
    Samson Indian Reserve #137A
2,320 1,902 351 66 1
PROVOST 621 523 84 14 0
RAINBOW LAKE 59 50 9 0 0
RAYMOND 1,477 1,116 297 59 5
RED DEER 21,750 13,980 6,393 1,370 7
RED DEER COUNTY 6,020 4,759 1,127 111 23
REDCLIFF 1,377 984 328 64 1
REDWATER 636 491 145 0 0
REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF WOOD BUFFALO 12,616 8,776 3,039 779 22
RIMBEY 697 293 156 220 28
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE 1,707 1,245 393 57 12
  • ROCKY VIEW COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Redwood Meadows,
    Tsuu T'ina Indian Reserve #145,
    Tsuu T'ina Nation
11,520 8,425 2,818 247 30
ROCKYFORD 115 83 27 5 0
ROSALIND 67 47 20 0 0
ROSEMARY 112 90 19 3 0
RYCROFT 159 120 37 2 0
RYLEY 178 122 48 6 2
SADDLE HILLS COUNTY 727 573 124 25 5
SEDGEWICK 323 253 57 12 1
SEXSMITH 467 357 83 23 4
SLAVE LAKE 1,440 1,054 366 17 3
SMOKY LAKE 487 271 146 70 0
  • SMOKY LAKE COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Saddle Lake Cree Nation,
    Whitefish Lake Indian Reserve #128
1,034 763 175 95 1
SPIRIT RIVER 250 188 50 10 2
  • SPRING LAKE
    Includes results from:
    Summer Village of Betula Beach,
    Summer Village of Kapasiwin,
    Summer Village of Lakeview
176 102 71 3 0
SPRUCE GROVE 7,960 4,939 2,659 359 3
ST. ALBERT 17,780 8,945 7,913 919 3
ST. PAUL 1,367 892 342 69 64
STANDARD 123 94 26 3 0
STARLAND COUNTY 543 442 79 10 12
STAVELY 194 151 37 6 0
STETTLER 1,362 1,005 294 33 30
STIRLING 208 175 31 1 1
STONY PLAIN 4,327 2,877 1,175 232 43
STRATHCONA COUNTY 30,501 18,302 10,919 1,264 16
STRATHMORE 3,631 2,522 875 234 0
  • STURGEON COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Alexander First Nation,
    Alexander Indian Reserve #134
4,554 3,267 1,145 142 0
SUMMER VILLAGE OF BURNSTICK LAKE 7 3 3 1 0
SUMMER VILLAGE OF GOLDEN DAYS 42 32 10 0 0
SUMMER VILLAGE OF GULL LAKE 71 57 13 1 0
SUMMER VILLAGE OF HORSESHOE BAY 19 13 6 0 0
SUMMER VILLAGE OF LARKSPUR 2 1 1 0 0
SUMMER VILLAGE OF PARKLAND BEACH 32 22 9 1 0
SUMMER VILLAGE OF SILVER BEACH 5 5 0 0 0
SUMMER VILLAGE OF SUNDANCE BEACH 18 11 7 0 0
SUMMER VILLAGE OF WAIPAROUS 18 12 5 0 1
SUNDRE 885 638 207 40 0
SWAN HILLS 413 314 88 11 0
  • SYLVAN LAKE
    Includes results from:
    Summer Village of Jarvis Bay,
    Summer Village of Norglenwold
3,448 2,611 739 94 4
TABER 2,081 1,520 350 208 3
THORHILD COUNTY 1,147 890 205 51 1
THORSBY 400 278 113 9 0
THREE HILLS 1,101 840 221 38 2
TOFIELD 409 281 124 2 2
TROCHU 354 269 69 15 1
TURNER VALLEY 731 480 218 31 2
TWO HILLS 279 179 67 33 0
VALLEYVIEW 447 315 116 16 0
VAUXHALL 173 122 45 2 4
VEGREVILLE 1,760 1,173 452 128 7
VERMILION 1,158 882 276 0 0
VETERAN 56 48 6 1 1
VIKING 381 257 80 31 13
VILNA 72 48 24 0 0
VULCAN 454 337 108 8 1
826 708 108 9 1
WAINWRIGHT 1,619 1,128 402 79 10
WARBURG 176 133 35 8 0
WARNER 184 125 40 18 1
WASKATENAU 35 29 6 0 0
WEMBLEY 273 212 55 6 0
WESTLOCK 1,173 795 322 53 3
WESTLOCK COUNTY 1,988 1,558 377 52 1
WETASKIWIN 3,422 2,167 971 259 25
  • WHEATLAND COUNTY
    Includes results from:
    Siksika Indian Reserve #146,
    Siksika Nation
2,106 1,690 345 56 15
WHITECOURT 2,131 1,620 385 122 4
WOODLANDS COUNTY 1,606 1,324 253 26 3
YELLOWHEAD COUNTY 3,061 2,466 525 68 2
YOUNGSTOWN 38 35 2 0 1