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Information for candidates

Appointments at the Elections Office

Nominations and registrations for the 2022 Municipal Elections will take place at the Elections Office by appointment only with the City Clerk or his designate. Candidates, third party advertisers, or their agents, will be permitted to attend their appointment with one guest.

Candidates, third party advertisers, or their agents, may contact the Elections Office by phone at 613-580-2660 or by email at elections@ottawa.ca to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

When scheduling an appointment, staff will provide information on the health and safety protocols attendees can expect when visiting the Elections Office.

Information for candidates

The next municipal election to elect a Mayor, City Councillors, and School Board Trustees will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022. Individuals may consider running for one of the following offices:

  • Mayor - one elected at large
  • City Councillor – one elected per ward
  • 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

For more information, we recommend consulting the Ministry of Municipal Affairs' 2022 Candidates’ Guide - Ontario municipal council and school board elections. This guide was created to provide candidates with general information in plain language concerning the rules and constraints of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and other legislation and regulations.

In addition, the City of Ottawa’s Elections Office created the following guides to provide information to those considering running in the 2022 Municipal Elections:

Who can be a candidate for Mayor or City Councillor?

A person is eligible to be a candidate for Mayor or City Councillor if they are:

  • 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;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • not legally prohibited from voting.

A candidate must be eligible as of the day they are nominated and must remain eligible throughout the election period and, if elected, throughout the term of office.

Who cannot be a candidate for Mayor or City Councillor?

The following individuals are ineligible from being elected as a member of council, or from holding office as a member of council:

  • an employee of the municipality unless they take an unpaid leave of absence beginning the day they are nominated and resign if elected to the office.
  • a judge of any court.
  • a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the City Clerk will not certify the nomination.
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election.

City of Ottawa employees

Employees of the City of Ottawa who wish to run for Mayor or City Councillor in the 2022 Municipal Elections must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing their nomination forms. The employee must provide the City Clerk with a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

Who can be a candidate for School Board Trustee?

A person is eligible to be a candidate for School Board Trustee if they are:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old;
  • a resident within the board's area of jurisdiction;
  • a supporter of that school board; and
  • not legally prohibited from voting.

A candidate for School Board Trustee must be eligible as of the day they are nominated and must remain eligible throughout the election period and, if elected, throughout the term of office.

Who cannot be a candidate for School Board Trustee?

The following people are ineligible from being elected as a School Board Trustee or from holding office on any school board:

  • an employee of the school board unless they take an unpaid leave of absence beginning the day they are nominated and resign if elected to the office.
  • a clerk, treasurer, deputy-clerk or deputy-treasurer of any municipality within the area of jurisdiction of the school board except those on an unpaid leave of absence.
  • a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations.
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election.

School board employees

Employees of any school boards (including supply teachers) are disqualified from being elected as a School Board Trustee or from holding office on any school boards, except during a leave of absence. The employee must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing their nomination forms.

The employee must give written notice to the school board, in advance of their intention to take unpaid leave. This notice should be forwarded to the appropriate school board’s Director of Education who should endeavour to ensure that it is forwarded to the Board of Trustees before the date upon which the unpaid leave is to commence.

Nomination information

To run for the office of Mayor, Councillor or School Board Trustee, candidates must:

Note: Nomination forms are public documents and are available for inspection at the Elections Office.

Nomination period

Monday, May 2, 2022, is the first day for candidates to file their nomination forms for the office of Mayor, City Councillor or School Board Trustee at the Elections Office during regular office hours.

Nominations for the 2022 Municipal Elections will take place at the Elections Office by appointment only with the City Clerk or his designate. Candidates, or their agents, will be permitted to attend their appointment with one guest.

In order to accommodate as many visitors as possible, the Elections Office will be extending its office hours to accept appointments from 8:30 am to 7 pm from Monday, May 2 to Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Friday, August 19, 2022, at 2 pm is the deadline for candidates to submit their nomination forms for the office of Mayor, City Councillor or School Board Trustee at the Elections Office.

Friday, August 19, 2022, at 2 pm is the deadline for candidates for the office of Mayor, City Councillor or School Board Trustee to withdraw their nomination at the Elections Office.

A candidate that has previously filed nomination forms and wishes to change office, must file new nomination forms for their preferred office. These nomination forms must be filed in person by the candidate or their agent at the City of Ottawa Elections Office, by appointment only. A candidate’s previous nomination is a deemed to be withdrawn upon receipt of the nomination forms for a different office.

Endorsement of nominations for Mayor or City Councillor

At least 25 eligible electors must endorse a candidate’s nomination for the office of Mayor or City Councillor. Individuals who provide a signature endorsing a nomination will have to sign a declaration stating they are eligible to vote in the municipality as of the day they sign the endorsement.

The nomination forms of a candidate running for the office of Mayor or City Councillor must be submitted with a declaration of qualification from each of the eligible electors endorsing their nomination.

Candidates for School Board Trustees are not required to complete and submit an endorsement of nomination.

Filing fees

Candidates must pay a filing fee when submitting their nomination forms as follows:

  • 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 candidate’s initial financial statement and auditor’s report (if applicable) are filed on or before Friday, March 31, 2023, at 2 pm.

Withdrawal of nomination

A candidate may withdraw their nomination by notifying the City Clerk in writing before 2 pm on Friday, August 19, 2022.

Candidates who withdraw their nomination are still required to submit a initial financial statement by Friday, March 31, 2023, at 2 pm that covers all financial transactions up to the time of the withdrawal.

Campaign finances

Candidates cannot raise or spend any money on their campaign until they have filed their nomination forms and opened a bank account exclusively for the purposes of the election campaign.

Candidates are responsible for keeping records of the financial activities related to their campaign and are required to keep these records until Saturday, November 15, 2026, when the next council or school board takes office.

Campaign contributions

Campaign contributions are any money, goods or services that are given to a candidate for use in their campaign, including money and goods that a candidate contributes to themselves. Candidates must issue a receipt for every contribution they receive. The receipt should show who made the contribution, the date, and the value of the contribution.

Candidates can accept contributions from:

  • Individuals who are normally residents of Ontario; and
  • The candidate and their spouse. (Note: if a candidate’s spouse is not usually a resident of Ontario, they can still contribute to their spouse’s campaign.)

Candidates cannot accept contributions from:

  • A federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act (Canada) or any federal constituency association or registered candidate at a federal election endorsed by that party.
  • A provincial political party, constituency association, registered candidate or leadership contestant registered under the Election Finances Act.
  • A corporation that carries on business in Ontario.
  • A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario.
  • The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or a local board.

Campaign contribution limits

Individuals may contribute a maximum of $1,200 to a single candidate. This includes the value of any goods or services donated to the campaign. Individuals may not contribute more than $5,000 in total to candidates running for offices on the same council or school board. Any contribution of money must come directly from the contributor.

Contributions greater than $25 may not be made in cash. All contributions above $25 must be made by cheque, money order, or by a method that clearly shows where the funds come from.

Under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, candidates are required to inform each of their contributors of these contribution limits.

There is a limit on how much a candidate running for municipal council and their spouse can contribute to their own campaign.

The contribution limit is calculated based on the number of electors who are eligible to vote for each office. The following formula is used to calculate the limit that a candidate running for municipal council, and their spouse, can contribute to their own campaign:

  • Candidates running for Mayor: $7,500 plus 20 cents per elector, to a maximum of $25,000; and
  • Candidates running for City Councillor: $5,000 plus 20 cents per elector, to a maximum of $25,000.

Candidates are provided with an estimate of their contribution limit when they file their nomination forms. This estimate is based on the number of electors in the previous regular election.

Campaign contribution rebates

Candidates for Mayor or City Councillor may participate in the City’s Contribution Rebate Program and contributors may receive a rebate in accordance with the By-law No. 2022-76.

Candidates for School Board Trustee and third party advertisers are not eligible to participate in the City’s Contribution Rebate Program.

Campaign period

The campaign period for a candidate for Mayor, City Councillor and School Board Trustee begins on the day their nomination forms are filed and ends on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. On this date, the candidate’s campaign is automatically closed. Candidates cannot accept any contributions or incur any expenses after the end of the campaign period.

If at the end of the campaign period a candidate’s campaign expenses are greater than their campaign income, their campaign will be in deficit. Candidates with a deficit may extend their campaign to fundraise.

If a candidate’s campaign has a surplus, the candidate must pay the surplus to the City Clerk when filing their financial statement.

Extending a campaign

If a candidate has a deficit at the end of the campaign period, they can extend their campaign for an additional six months to attempt to erase the deficit.

To extend a campaign, a candidate must:

The extended campaign period will continue until the earliest of the following:

  • the deficit is erased;
  • the candidate notifies the City Clerk in writing they are no longer accepting any contributions; or
  • the end of the Supplementary Campaign Period on Friday, June 30, 2023.

Candidates that extend their campaign must submit two financial statements by the statutory deadline dates as follows:

  • Initial financial statement must be filed on or before Friday, March 31, 2023 at 2 pm
  • Supplementary financial statement must be filed on or before Friday, September 29, 2023 at 2 pm

Financial statements

Initial financial statements

Candidates are responsible for filing a complete and accurate Financial Statement - Auditor's Report Candidate - Form 4 by Friday, March 31, 2023, at 2 pm. The statement covers the period from the day the candidate filed their nomination forms until Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Any candidate that filed a nomination form must file an initial financial statement. This includes candidates who withdrew their nomination, candidates who were not certified and did not appear on the ballot, and candidates who were acclaimed.

All initial financial statements must be filed by the candidate or by an agent acting on the candidate’s behalf, in person at the Elections Office. Initial financial statements may not be faxed, mailed or emailed, as an original signature is required. If an agent of the candidate is filing the initial financial statement, the forms must be fully completed by the candidate prior to filing.

The candidate or the agent filing the initial financial statement will be required to present proof of identity.

A candidate must notify the City Clerk, in writing, of any Court extension by 2 pm on Friday, March 31, 2023. Penalties will commence at 2:01 pm on Friday, March 31, 2023.

Candidates will not receive a refund of their nomination fee unless they file their initial financial statement by the deadline.

Supplementary financial statements

The deadline for candidates who extended their campaign to file their supplementary Financial Statement - Auditor's Report Candidate - Form 4 is Friday, September 29, 2023, at 2 pm. The supplementary financial statement covers the period from the day the candidate filed their nomination forms until Friday, June 30, 2023.

A candidate must notify the City Clerk, in writing, of any Court extension by 2 pm on Friday, September 29, 2023. Penalties will commence at 2:01 pm on Friday, September 29, 2023.

30-day grace period and late filing fee

Candidates who miss the financial statement filing deadlines (2 pm on Friday, March 31, 2023, for the initial filing; 2 pm on Friday, September 29, 2023, for the supplementary filing) can still submit their statement up to 30 days later provided that they pay a $500 late filing fee.

The grace period for the initial financial statement filing ends at 2 pm on Monday, May 1, 2023.

The grace period for the supplementary financial statement filing ends at 2 pm on Monday, October 30, 2023.

The $500 late filing fee can be paid via cash, debit/credit card, certified cheque or money order payable to the City of Ottawa.

Voters’ List

The Voters’ List is a list of eligible electors in the City of Ottawa. During non-election years the City of Ottawa does not maintain a Voters’ List.

During an election cycle, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for preparing the preliminary list of electors for each municipality and school board in Ontario. It is MPAC’s Municipal Property Assessment database of both property owners and tenants that is used to prepare this preliminary list, which aids in the preparation of the final Voters’ List for Voting Day.

Once a municipality has prepared the Voters’ List, the Revision Period begins, and electors may add, amend or remove their information.

For the 2022 Municipal Elections in City of Ottawa, the online Revision Period will begin on Thursday, September 1, 2022 and end on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 4:30 pm. During this period, electors can conveniently verify and amend their information online by using the Am I on the voters’ list? tool. After this period, electors can download and bring the completed Application to Add or Amend My Information on the Voters’ List form to their voting place. The form will also be available at all voting places on voting days.

In the meantime, electors are encouraged to use MPAC’s online tool, voterlookup.ca, to confirm whether they are on the preliminary list of electors for the upcoming municipal elections. This tool can be used to make updates to the elector’s information, to add a name to the enumeration, and/or to change an elector’s school support for electoral purposes.

Voters’ List for candidates

Copies of the Voters’ List will become available to candidates for their use, upon written request, on Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Candidates that received an original copy of the Voters’ List will be provided with the interim list of changes to the Voters’ List by Sunday, September 25, 2022.

The Voters’ List is to be used for election purposes only and any other use would be in violation of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

New ward boundaries for the 2022 Municipal Elections

The City of Ottawa will have new ward boundaries for the 2022 Municipal Elections and 2022-2026 Term of Council. There will be one new ward and new names for six existing wards.

During its Wednesday, October 13, 2021 meeting, City Council considered the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 - Implementation Report regarding the implementation of the new ward boundary structure established through the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 and subsequent order from the Ontario Land Tribunal.

With the new 24-ward structure set to take effect for the 2022 Municipal Elections, Council approved renaming six existing wards to reflect geographical areas and community names. Council also established a name and number for the new ward (Ward 24 – Barrhaven East). All of the City’s current wards will keep the same ward numbers for the 2022 Municipal Elections.

The ward boundaries, names and numbers set out below will serve as the basis for administering the municipal elections on Monday, October 24, 2022, and will be effective as of Tuesday, November 15, 2022. As outlined in the Ward Boundaries and Council Composition By-law, the 2022-2026 Term of Council will be composed of the Mayor, elected by general vote, and 24 other members, elected on the basis of one Member for each of the 24 wards.

New ward boundaries for the 2022 Municipal Elections
Ward number NEW Ward name (effective November 15, 2022, and to be used for the 2022 Municipal Elections) Current ward name
Ward 1 Orléans East-Cumberland Orléans
Ward 2 Orléans West-Innes Innes
Ward 3 Barrhaven West Barrhaven
Ward 4 Kanata North Kanata North
Ward 5 West Carleton-March West Carleton-March
Ward 6 Stittsville Stittsville
Ward 7 Bay Bay
Ward 8 College College
Ward 9 Knoxdale-Merivale Knoxdale-Merivale
Ward 10 Gloucester-Southgate Gloucester-Southgate
Ward 11 Beacon Hill-Cyrville Beacon Hill-Cyrville
Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier Rideau-Vanier
Ward 13 Rideau-Rockcliffe Rideau-Rockcliffe
Ward 14 Somerset Somerset
Ward 15 Kitchissippi Kitchissippi
Ward 16 River River
Ward 17 Capital Capital
Ward 18 Alta Vista Alta Vista
Ward 19 Orléans South-Navan Cumberland
Ward 20 Osgoode Osgoode
Ward 21 Rideau-Jock Rideau-Goulbourn
Ward 22 Riverside South-Findlay Creek Gloucester-South Nepean
Ward 23 Kanata South Kanata South
Ward 24 Barrhaven East Not applicable – New ward

Who is running in my ward?

From Monday, May 2, 2022, to Monday, October 24, 2022, voters can use their address to verify their ward number, name and the candidates running in their ward, by using the Who is running in my ward? tool.

For more information on the new ward boundaries, please visit the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020, page.

Key dates - 2022 Municipal Elections

May 2, 2022

  • First day for candidates to file their nomination forms for the office of Mayor, Councillor, or School Board Trustee. A candidate’s campaign period begins once their nomination forms have been filed, meaning they may begin accepting contributions and spending money on their campaign.
  • First day for an individual, corporation, or trade union to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser. The campaign period for a third party advertiser begins once their registration form has been filed, meaning they may begin accepting contributions and spending money on their campaign.
  • The Who is running in my ward? search tool is available, allowing electors to find their ward and which candidates are running in their ward, until Voting Day on October 24, 2022.

August 19, 2022

  • Candidates have until 2 pm to file, change office, or withdraw their nomination forms.

August 22, 2022

  • Last day for the City Clerk to certify candidate nomination forms.

September 1, 2022

  • Copies of the Voters’ List are available to certified candidates upon written request.
  • The Am I on the voters’ list? search tool is available, allowing electors to check if they are registered to vote and see how their information is currently presented on the Voters’ List. Electors may use this tool from September 1 to September 16 at 4:30 pm to submit an application requesting that their information be updated or that their name be added or removed from the Voters’ List.
    • Electors may also submit a paper application requesting that their information be updated or that their name be added or removed from the Voters’ List.
    • Electors may still submit applications to update or add their name to the Voters’ List at their voting place.
  • The Application for special mail in ballot tool is available. Electors may use this tool from September 1 to September 16 at 4:30 pm to submit an application requesting to vote by special mail-in ballot.
    • Electors may also submit an application form by mail or email requesting a special mail-in ballot.
  • The Where do I vote? search tool is available, allowing electors to check the voting dates, times, and locations that are available.

September 9, 2022

  • First day an election sign can be placed on private property and public property.

September 16, 2022

  • The online Revision Period for the Voters’ List ends at 4:30 pm.
  • The Application Period to receive a special mail-in ballot ends at 4:30 pm.

September 25, 2022

  • Certified candidates that received a copy of the original Voters’ List will be provided with the interim list of changes to the Voters’ List by this date.
  • Final expense limit certificates to be provided to candidates and third party advertisers by this date.
  • The Elections Office will begin mailing Special Mail-in Ballot Voter Kits to the electors who have registered to receive a special mail-in ballot. Completed special mail-in ballots must be received at the Elections Office or Client Service Centres by 4:30 pm on October 24.

September 24, 25, 26, and 27, 2022

  • Special Advance Vote Day opportunities for electors to cast their ballot between 10 am and 8 pm.

October 7, 2022

  • Advance Vote Day opportunity for electors to cast their ballot between 10 am and 8 pm.

October 14, 2022

  • Advance Vote Day opportunity for electors to cast their ballot between 10 am and 8 pm.

October 21, 2022

  • An individual, corporation, or trade union has until 4:30 pm to file or withdraw their notice of registration as a third party advertiser.

October 24, 2022

  • Voting Day.
  • With the exception of institutions and retirement homes that may have reduced opening hours, voting places will open at 10 am and close at 8 pm.
  • Completed special mail-in ballots must be received at the Elections Office or Client Service Centres by 4:30 pm.

October 27, 2022

  • All election signs on private and public property must be removed (72 hours after Voting Day) by 11:59 pm.

October 28, 2022

  • The City Clerk is expected to declare the results of the 2022 Municipal Elections official.

January 3, 2023

  • Campaign period ends for candidates and third party advertisers, meaning they cannot accept any contributions or incur any expenses.
  • Candidates or third party advertisers that wish to extend their campaign, due to a deficit, must file a Notice of Extension of Campaign Period – Form 6 by 4:30 pm.

March 1, 2023

  • Last day for the City Clerk to provide candidates and third party advertisers with notice of the financial filing requirements and penalties.

March 30, 2023

  • Last day for a candidate or third party advertiser to apply to Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file their initial financial statement.

March 31, 2023

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for candidates and third party advertisers to file an initial financial statement and auditor’s’ report, if required, for the reporting period ending January 3, 2023.
    • Note: An auditor’s report is required if the candidate is participating in the Contribution Rebate Program. An auditor’s report is also required for candidates and third party advertisers if the total contributions received, and total expenses incurred in the election campaign up to the end of the relevant reporting period are each equal to or more than $10,000.
  • Last day for a candidate or third party advertiser to notify the City Clerk, in writing, of a filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice.

May 1, 2023

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for a candidate or third party advertiser to file an initial financial statement and auditor’s report, if required, and pay the $500 late filing fee.
    • Note: An auditor’s report is required if the candidate is participating in the Contribution Rebate Program. An auditor’s report is also required for candidates and third party advertisers if the total contributions received, and total expenses incurred in the election campaign up to the end of the relevant reporting period are each equal to or more than $10,000.
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 pm.

June 29, 2023

  • Last day for an elector to apply for a compliance audit of a candidate or third party advertiser’s campaign finances.

June 30, 2023

  • Campaign period ends for candidates and third party advertisers that extended their campaign, meaning they cannot accept any contributions or incur any expenses.

August 30, 2023

  • Last day for the City Clerk to provide candidates and third party advertisers with notice of the filing requirements and penalties for supplementary financial statements and auditor’s reports.

September 28, 2023

  • Last day for a candidate or third party advertiser to apply to Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file their supplementary financial statement.

September 29, 2023

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for those who filed a Notice of Extension of Campaign Period - Form 6 to extend the campaign period to file a supplementary financial statement and auditors’ report, if required, for the reporting period ending June 30, 2023.
    • Note: An auditor’s report is required if the candidate is participating in the Contribution Rebate Program. An auditor’s report is also required for candidates and third party advertisers if the total contributions received, and total expenses incurred in the election campaign up to the end of the relevant reporting period are each equal to or more than $10,000.
  • Last day for a candidate or third party advertiser to notify the City Clerk of a filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice.

October 30, 2023

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for a candidate or third party advertiser to file a supplementary financial statement and auditor’s report, if required, and pay $500 late filing fee.
    • Note: An auditor’s report is required if the candidate is participating in the Contribution Rebate Program. An auditor’s report is also required for candidates and third party advertisers if the total contributions received, and total expenses incurred in the election campaign up to the end of the relevant reporting period are each equal to or more than $10,000.
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 pm.

December 28, 2023

  • Last day for an elector to apply for a compliance audit on a candidate or third party advertiser’s supplementary financial statement.

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