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.
The voters’ list identifies people who are eligible to vote in the 2018 Municipal Elections by name, address, school support and residency status.
Starting September 1 until October 22, 2018, you can conveniently verify your information by:
- using the Am I on the Voters’ List? search tool;
- calling 3-1-1; or
- calling the Elections Office at 613-580-2660.
Adding your Name or Amending your Information on the Voters’ List
If you need to add or amend your information, you can download and complete the Application to Add or Amend My Information on the Voters’ List form and bring it with you to the voting place. This application will also be available at all voting places on voting days.
The deadline to make an application to add or amend your information on the voters’ list is October 22, 2018.
Removing a Name from the Voters’ List
If an elector wishes to remove their name from the voters’ list, or if a person’s name appears on the voters’ list and another elector has reason to believe that the person’s name should no longer be there (e.g. the person is deceased or has moved), the elector may take the following steps to have the name removed:
- Complete an Application to Remove a Name from the Voters’ List; and
- Mail or deliver it to the Elections Office along with the supporting information as to why the person’s name should be removed from the voters’ list.
The final day to remove someone’s name from the voters’ list is October 22, 2018.