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Election worker application

Thank you for your interest in becoming an election worker for the City of Ottawa’s 2022 Municipal Elections.

The Elections Office is recruiting election workers for variety of positions on:

  • Special Advance Vote Days (City employees only)
    • Saturday, September 24, 2022,
    • Sunday, September 25, 2022,
    • Monday, September 26, 2022, and
    • Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
  • Advanced Vote Days
    • Friday, October 7, 2022; and
    • Friday, October 14, 2022.
  • Voting Day
    • Monday, October 24, 2022.

How to apply

To apply online, complete the Election worker application.

To apply by email:

To apply by mail:

  • Complete the Application for Employment form.
  • Print and mail the completed form to the Elections Office at 1221 Cyrville Rd, Unit B, Ottawa, Ontario, K1J 7S8.

Priority will be given to applicants who are bilingual in French and English. Proficiency in other languages will be considered an asset and we encourage applicants to indicate which language(s) they speak on their application form.

Due to the high volume of applications, only selected applicants will be contacted by the Elections Office.

Election worker roles and responsibilities for members of the public

Employment dates available:

  • Friday, October 7, 2022;
  • Friday, October 14, 2022; and
  • Monday, October 24, 2022.

Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)

  • Access to a vehicle is required for supply pick up before and on voting days.
  • Maintains custody and control of ballots and Voters' List for assigned voting subdivision.
  • Reviews electors’ identification to confirm that the name and qualifying address match the Voters’ List, or the information presented on the electors’ Application to Add or Amend My Information on the Voters’ List.
  • Assists with the completion of the Application to Add or Amend My Information on the Voters’ List form for electors not on the Voters' List.
  • Receives certified Appointment for Voting Proxy forms.
  • Issues ballots to electors.
  • Completes Deputy Returning Officer Ballot Statement form.
  • Assists or acts as the Elections Assistant or the Revising Officer, as required.

Supporting Deputy Returning Officer

  • Assists the Supervisor Deputy Returning Officer with the set up and take down of the vote tabulator.
  • Processes ballots through the vote tabulator throughout the day.
  • Assists electors wishing to use the accessible features of the vote tabulator, allowing them to mark and cast their ballot privately and independently.
  • Explains how the accessible vote tabulator works and answers any questions.
  • Maintains custody and control of cancelled and declined ballots at the vote tabulator.
  • Provides replacement ballots for cancelled ballots at the vote tabulator.
  • Reconciles unused, cancelled, and declined ballots at the close of voting.

Revising Officer

  • Determines if a person is on the Voters’ List.
  • Assists with the completion of the Application to Add or Amend My Information on the Voters’ List form for electors not on the Voters' List.
  • Directs electors to the appropriate DRO in the voting place using the elector’s Voter Notification or the Voters' List.
  • Assists or acts as the Election Assistant or the Deputy Returning Officer, as required.

Elections Assistant

  • Greets and assists the electors.
  • Provides accessibility assistance to electors.
  • Ensures the smooth flow of traffic through the door(s).
  • Directs electors to the appropriate DRO in the voting place using the elector’s Voter Notification.
  • Directs the electors to the Revising Officer if they do not have their Voter Notification.
  • Assists with accessibility remediation.
  • Assists or acts as the Revising Officer or the DRO, as required.

Pay rates

Pay rates
Election worker role Pay rate (per shift)
Deputy Returning Officer  $300
Supporting Deputy Returning Officer  $300
Revising Officer  $250
Election Assistant  $250

Pay cheque and tax information

Election workers will receive their pay cheques within six weeks after Voting Day (October 24, 2022).

T4A’s will be issued only to election workers who earn $500 or more in early 2023.

Training sessions

Election workers must attend one mandatory training session that will be approximately three hours. The Elections Office will host training sessions from August to September 2022 and staff will contact election workers to schedule their training session.

Contact the Elections Office

If you have any questions about the employment opportunities for the 2022 Municipal Elections, please contact the Elections Office:

Email: elections-jobs@ottawa.ca
Telephone: 613-580-2660 (TTY: 613-580-2401)