Becoming a candidate

Candidates for the offices of Mayor, City Councillor or school board Trustee can begin filing their Nomination Papers on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

In addition to the information found below, The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has created the 2014 Candidates’ Guide, which provides general information in plain language concerning the rules and constraints of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and other legislation and regulations.

Offices for nominations

  • Mayor - one elected at large
  • City Councillor – one elected per ward, 23 wards
  • school board Trustee - one elected per zone
    • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
    • Ottawa Catholic School Board
    • Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario
    • Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est


A person is entitled to be a candidate in the 2014 Municipal Election if he or she is a qualified elector. A candidate must be qualified as of the day he or she is nominated and must remain qualified throughout the election period and, if elected, throughout the term of office.

A person is entitled to be a candidate if he or she,

  • is a resident of the City of Ottawa, or an owner or tenant of land in the City of Ottawa, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • is a Canadian citizen;
  • is at least 18 years old on Voting Day; and
  • is not prohibited from voting by law.

A person is entitled to be a candidate for school board Trustee if he or she meets the above qualifications, resides within the board area and is a supporter of that school board.

Getting nominated

A candidate can nominate himself or herself for elected office by filing a Nomination Paper at the City of Ottawa Elections Office, Ottawa City Hall, or any Client Service Centre during regular office hours. A Nomination Paper must be filed by the candidate, in person, or by an agent acting on the candidate’s behalf. The candidate or the agent may be required to provide proof of identity. The Nomination Paper may not be faxed, as original signatures are required on all election documents filed with the Clerk.

If the Nomination Paper is filed by an agent of the candidate, the form must be fully completed by the candidate prior to filing.

A Nomination Paper can be picked up at the Elections Office, Ottawa City Hall or any Client Service Centre, and is available online beginning January 2, 2014.

Nomination Papers are public documents and are available for inspection in the Clerk’s Office.

Nomination Papers

Nomination Papers are available on or after January 2, 2014.

Filing fees

Candidates must pay a filing fee when they submit their Nomination Papers. These fees must be paid at the time of filing - by cash, debit, credit card, certified cheque or money order.

The filing fee for a candidate running for Mayor is $200.

The filing fee for a candidate running for City Councillor or school board Trustee is $100.

Nomination filing fees are refundable if the nomination is withdrawn, if the candidate is elected, or if he or she receives more than two (2) per cent of the votes cast in the election for the office.


Nominations may be filed during regular office hours as of January 2, 2014.

The deadline for candidates to submit their Nomination Papers is Friday, September 12, 2014, at 2 p.m.

The deadline for the withdrawal of a nomination is Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Withdrawal of nomination

A candidate who wishes to withdraw his or her nomination must notify the Clerk in writing before 2 p.m., Friday, September 12, 2014. The candidate must file his or her withdrawal or statement in person and may be required to provide identification.

The candidate will still be required to submit a financial statement (due no later than March 27, 2015 at 2 p.m.) covering all financial transactions up to the time of the withdrawal.