The next regular municipal election to elect a mayor, city councillors, and school board trustees will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. Eligible electors will be casting ballots for the following offices:
- Mayor - one elected at large
- City councillor – one elected per ward, 23 wards
- School board trustee - one elected per zone, 37 zones
- 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' 2018 Voters’ guide for 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 is entitled to vote in a municipal election if they are a qualified elector. That means, on voting day, you 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; and
- not prohibited from voting by law.
If you are not a resident of the City of Ottawa, to vote for a school board trustee, you must be:
- an owner or tenant of residential property in the area of jurisdiction of the school board, who does not support any other board.
Who cannot vote?
The following are prohibited from voting 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
Voting for students
If you are a student and consider your "home" to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in both your "home" municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.
As a student and a resident of the City of Ottawa, if you are unable to vote in the City of Ottawa Municipal Election, you may appoint another elector as a proxy to vote on your behalf.
You are encouraged to use MPAC’s online tool, voterlookup.ca, to confirm whether you are on the preliminary list of electors for the upcoming municipal elections. Allowing you to take an active role in maintaining accurate and up-to-date electoral information, this tool can be used to make updates to your information where incorrectly recorded, to add a name to the enumeration and/or to change your school support for electoral purposes.
From September 1 to 15, 2018, you will be able to use the Am I on the Voters’ List? search tool to check to see if you are registered to vote and/or make any necessary updates to your information.