Canvassing for Change

Calgary | February 23

Edmonton | February 24

Campaigns are won on the ground – at the doorstep and on the phone. Paid ads and social media posts can be part of an effective election campaign, and no one ever won a contested campaign without talking directly to voters. 

Canvassing for Change applies principles of community organizing to build large volunteer canvassing teams. Building off of best practices from the last 10 years of US Democrat campaigns, and field-tested and refined by progressives in Canada, Canvassing for Change teaches the practical and hands on skills needed to win.

Who is it for?

Canvassing for Change is for any staff or volunteers running campaigns that need to operate large-scale field operations to have thousands of person-to-person conversations to win. Organizers and volunteers on campaigns to elect candidates, win referenda, or insert an issues-based campaign into an election conversation are all good candidates for this training.

Cost & Cancellation Policy

Tuition for Canvassing for Change is $165. Scholarships are available for individuals and organizations who cannot afford the full tuition fee. You'll have a chance to apply for a scholarship as part of your training application.

Trainees that cancel via email to Skills for Change Alberta a minimum of 10 working days prior to the event are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations that occur later than that may not be eligible for a refund.

Dates & Location

Canvassing for Change will be in Calgary on February 23 from 9:30am to 5:00pm, and in Edmonton on February 24 from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Calgary Venue

CommunityWise Resource Centre at 223 12 Ave SW. For those coming by transit, the #419 stops on 12th Ave right in front of neighbours the Beltliner Diner. There is also a bus stop on 1st Street SW and 12th Avenue for the #7 and #419. The C-train and many bus routes arrive on 1st ave and 7th street SW which is a 4 block walk to CommunityWise. There is paid street parking on 12th Avenue and on nearby streets, and a ParkChamp underground parkade a couple of blocks away on 11th Avenue, between 2nd Street and 4th Street.

*The room and building are wheelchair accessible. The washroom has one step to reach it from the training room, with a ramp that can be installed. If you are bringing a mobility device that would be aided by a ramp, just let us know and we can have it set-up.

*The washrooms are gender-inclusive.

*The chairs in the room have armrests and backrests.

*If you have any additional accessibility concerns, please contact us via email:

Edmonton Venue


Edmonton Clinic Health Academy at the University of Alberta (Room 1-190). It is beside Health Sciences LRT stop for those taking the train and is across from the U of A hospital and near the University Transit Centre for those bussing. Parking is available in the Jubilee Auditorium lots and parkade. 

* The room and building are wheelchair accessible. The room is on the sixth floor and accessible by elevator

* There are wheelchair accessible washrooms near the training room.

* There are multi-stall washrooms separated along the gender binary near the training room. There is a private, locking, gender-inclusive and wheelchair accessible washroom on the first floor of the building.

* The chairs in the room are stacking chairs with backrests and without armrests.