When is the next municipal election in Ottawa?
The current 2022-2026 Term of Council began on November 14, 2022, and will end on November 15, 2026. The next general municipal election to elect the 2026-2030 Term of Council will take place on Monday, October 26, 2026.
For more information, we recommend consulting the Ministry of Municipal Affairs' 2022 Voters’ Guide – Ontario municipal council and school board elections. This guide was created to provide voters with general information in plain language concerning the rules and constraints of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and other legislation and regulations.
Who can vote?
A person can vote in a municipal election in the City of Ottawa if they are an eligible elector. On Voting Day, an eligible elector must be:
- a resident of the City of Ottawa, or an owner or tenant of land in the City, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant.
- a Canadian citizen.
- at least 18 years old.
- not prohibited from voting by law.
If you are not a resident of the City of Ottawa, you can vote for a School Board Trustee, if on Voting Day you are:
- an owner or tenant of residential property in the area of jurisdiction of the school board, who does not support any other board.
Voting for students
An eligible elector may have residences in two local municipalities at the same time if:
- the person lives in one of the local municipalities in order to attend an educational institution, but not with the intention of changing their permanent lodging place.
- the person’s permanent lodging place is in the other local municipality.
In this scenario, the elector is eligible to vote in both their "home" municipality and in the municipality where they currently live while attending school.
Voters with no address or permanent lodging place
Eligible electors with no address or permanent lodging place can vote and determine their residence by:
- The place to which the person most frequently returned to sleep or eat during the five weeks preceding the determination is their residence.
- If the person returns with equal frequency to one place to sleep and to another to eat, the place to which they return to sleep is their residence.
- Multiple returns to the same place during a single day, whether to eat or to sleep, shall be considered one return.
- A person’s declaration regarding the places to which they returned to eat or sleep during a given time period is conclusive, in the absence of evidence to the contrary.
Who cannot vote?
The following persons cannot vote in a municipal election:
- serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution.
- a corporation.
- acting as executor or trustee or in another representative capacity, except as a voting proxy.
- convicted of a corrupt practice described in section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
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 for a municipal election, the revision period begins, and electors may add, amend or remove their information.
Update or verify your information outside of a municipal election cycle
Outside of an election cycle, electors are encouraged to use MPAC’s online tool, voterlookup.ca, to confirm if 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 where incorrectly recorded, to add a name to the enumeration and/or to change an elector’s school support for electoral purposes.
The above-noted tool can not be used to remove a name from the preliminary list of electors. Should you wish to remove your name outside of an election cycle, please contact MPAC by phone at 1-866-296-6722.
Accessible municipal elections
The Elections Office is committed to administering accessible municipal elections for electors, elections workers, candidates and third party advertisers, in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (the “MEA”), the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), and the related standards and regulations.
As required under the MEA, the City Clerk must prepare a plan regarding the identification, removal and prevention of barriers that affect electors and candidates with disabilities and make the plan available to the public before Voting Day in a regular election.
The Elections Office consulted the Accessibility Advisory Committee and prepared the following plan for the 2022 Municipal Elections and any by-elections that may occur during the 2022-2026 Term of Council:
- City of Ottawa’s 2022 Municipal Elections Accessibility Plan (detailed version)
- City of Ottawa’s 2022 Municipal Elections Accessibility Plan (abridged version)
As required under the MEA, the City Clerk must make public a report on the identification, removal and prevention of barriers that may affect electors and candidates with disabilities and make the report public 90 days after Voting Day in a regular election.
In accordance with the MEA, the Elections Office reviewed the implementation of the Accessibility Plan and feedback received on the accessibility of the 2022 Municipal Elections and has prepared the following report: