NDP Convention FAQ

When is Convention? 
April 8th, 9th and 10th.

When does it start? When does it end?
Resolution panels start at 9:00am on Friday, April 8th.
There may be caucus or other group meetings early on Friday morning.
Convention Plenary begins around midday on Friday, April 8th.
The convention wraps up on Sunday, April 10th, again around midday.

Where is Convention being held?
At the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
http://shawconferencecentre.com/

How can I attend the Convention?
There are few ways in which you can attend convention. If you are an NPD member or intend to join, you should attend convention as a delegate representing a local Riding Association or affiliated union local. Register here and we’ll help you figure out the rest:
https://secure.ndp.ca/register/index.php?event_id=edmonton2016&language=e

You may also attend convention as an observer, however you will not be able to participate in debates and you will be seated in a separate area.

What are the deadlines for Convention? 
(Early bird registration, resolutions submission, etc.)
Please visit http://edmonton2016.ca/ for Convention deadlines.

Where should I stay during Convention? 
Please visit http://edmonton2016.ca/accommodations for a list of hotels. We have room blocks at all of these locations and have special pricing, so be sure to mention you’re attending the NDP Convention.

Are there travel subsidies available for Convention?
The Party strives to make each convention as accessible as possible to diverse communities. An Affirmative Action Subsidy is available to assist with convention-related travel expenses and delegate fees for members of equity-seeking groups.

If you are a member of one of the following equity seeking groups, please visit http://edmonton2016.ca/forms to complete an application form. Please send all forms to info@edmonton2016.ca.  Forms must be completed by March 8.  Forms must be received by March 8 to qualify for subsidies and requests or forms received after this will not be possible to consider.  
 
•    Aboriginal
•    Visible minority
•    Women
•    Youth
•    Person with disabilities
•    Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered.

Can I bring my kids? Will childcare be provided at convention?
Childcare is available free of charge to registered delegates. To ensure quality childcare at convention, pre-registration is required. Please visit http://edmonton2016.ca/forms to complete an application form. Forms must be completed by March 8.  Forms must be received by March 8 to qualify for Childcare and requests or forms received after this will not be possible to consider.  Please send all forms to info@edmonton2016.ca.

I live with a disability and would like to attend Convention.
The NDP strives to make each Convention as accessible as possible. To ensure delegate’ needs are met, we ask that you please check the accessibility box when registering online.

I would like to reserve a room for a meeting during Convention, can you help with that?
Please email info@edmonton2016.ca with your request. Be sure to state the day, start time and duration of your meeting, as well as for whom the room is for. We will do our best to accommodate your request but make no guarantees.

I have already donated the maximum amount to the party ($1500) how do I register for Convention?
Since all convention fees are an official contribution, if you have already donated the maximum amount to the party you will not have to pay delegate fees. Please select the ‘pay later’ option when registering online at http://edmonton2016.ca/.

I am unemployed or living on a fixed income, is there a reduced delegate’s fee I can pay?
We do offer a youth/unwaged fee of $149. The unwaged registration category is for people who are unemployed and/or living on low fixed incomes. 

What is a Paperless Delegate?
This green option not only saves you money, but reduces waste and impact on the environment. Paperless Delegates will be able to access the full delegate kit and all policy documents through the new NDP convention app for iPhone, Blackberry, Android devices, tablets and laptops. Delegates who choose this option receive a $50 discount on their registration fee.

When I try and register online the system asks for an EasyCode, what is that?
An EasyCode is a delegate credential that enables us to connect you to your Riding Association or Union. It is a sequence of 9 numbers that you would have received from you Riding Association or Union local. If you do not have an EasyCode you can still register and we will do our best to assign you one later.

I want to attend Convention, but was not elected by my Riding Association, can I still come?
Yes! If you were not issued a delegate credential/EasyCode you are still able to attend Convention. When you register online you simply choose the “register without easycode” option and we will allocate you one after you’ve registered. Please note that you will not be a part of your Riding Association’s delegation, as the credential we allocate you will have come from another Riding Association.

How does the NDP determine how many delegate credentials are issued to each Riding Association?
As per the NDP Constitution, we calculate the number of delegate credentials using your Riding Association’s membership list. Each Riding Association is given one (1) youth credential as well as one (1) delegate credential, additional credentials are issued for every 50 party members. 

How does the NDP determine how many delegate credentials are issued to each Local Affiliate?
As per the NDP Constitution, we calculate the number of delegate credentials based on the number of NDP members in your organization. 

Key dates

April 7, 2016 Youth Convention

April 8–10, 2016 Federal Convention