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Information for Voters

Information for Voters - 2019 Rideau-Rockcliffe By-Election

Financial Statements for the 2018 Municipal Elections - Candidates

Financial Statements for the 2018 Municipal Elections - Registered Third Parties

Campaign Finances

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

Third parties cannot raise or spend any money on their campaign until they have filed a notice of registration and opened a bank account exclusively for the purposes of the election campaign.

Contributions to a candidate’s campaign

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.

Any person who is a resident of Ontario may make a contribution to a candidate’s campaign.

The following persons and entities shall not make a contribution:

  • 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. 

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.

Contributions to municipal and school board candidates, as well as registered third parties, are not tax deductible.

Contributions to a registered third party

The following persons and entities may make a contribution to a registered third party:

  • Any person who is a resident of Ontario.
  • A corporation that carries on business in Ontario.
  • A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario.
  • The registered third party and, in the case of an individual, his or her spouse.

The following persons and entities shall not make a contribution to a registered third party:

  • 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.
  • The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or a local board. 

Contributors may contribute a total of $1,200 to a registered third party in relation to third party advertisements that appear during an election in the City of Ottawa. The maximum total amount that a contributor can give to third parties registered in the City of Ottawa is $5,000.

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.

Election Compliance Audit Committee

The Election Compliance Audit Committee reviews applications for compliance audits of the election campaign finances of candidates and registered third-party advertisers and considers report(s) from the City Clerk and Solicitor on apparent contraventions of contribution limits. This page includes information on the Committee as well as Committee hearings and decisions.

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Ward Maps, Subdivision Maps and School Zones

2018 Voting Places

2018 City Wide Maps

Half Moon Bay Community Maps

2018 Ward Maps

2018 Subdivision Maps

2018 Street Indices

2018 School Board Zones

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board Zone Structure
School Zone Ward(s)
1 5, 6, 20, 21
2 4, 23
3 1, 19
4 3, 22
5 2, 11
6 8, 9
7 7, 15
8 10, 18
9 16, 17
10 12, 13, 14

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Zone Structure
School Zone Ward(s)
1 5, 6, 21
2 4, 23
3 3, 9
4 7
5 8
6 13, 18
7 20, 22
8 1, 19
9 12, 17
10 14, 15
11 10, 16
12 2, 11

Conseil des écoles catholiques du centre-est

Conseil des écoles catholiques du centre-est Zone Structure
School Zone Ward(s)
4 4, 5, 6, 8, 23
5 3, 9, 21, 22
6 7, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17
7 2
8 19
9 1
10 10, 18, 20
11 11, 13

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario Zone Structure
School Zone Ward(s)
6 19
7 1, 11
8 2, 10
9 14, 16, 17, 18
10 12, 13
11 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 15
12 3, 6, 20, 21, 22, 23

Campaigning and Sign Restrictions

Access to Multi-Residential Premises by Candidates and Their Representatives as well as the Display of Campaign Signs

Candidates and their representatives are allowed access to apartments, condominiums, non-profit housing cooperatives and gated communities for the purpose of canvassing and distributing election material.

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 outlines the following rules around campaigning in these locations:

  • Candidates and their representatives are permitted access between the hours of 9 am to 9 pm;
  • No landlord of residential premises can prevent a tenant from displaying campaign signs on their rented premises;
  • No condominium corporation can prevent an owner or tenant from displaying campaign signs on their unit; and
  • The landlord, person, condominium corporation or agent may set reasonable conditions on the size or type of sign that can be displayed. They can restrict signs from being displayed in common areas.

The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, Condominium Act, 1998 and the Co-operative Corporations Act, 1996 also provide candidates and their representatives access to the building for the purpose of canvassing.

The letter Access to Multi-Residential Premises by Candidates and Their Representatives as well as the Display of Campaign Signs provides the above mentioned legislative sections. Candidates and their representatives may use this letter when they are canvassing and distributing election material.

Election signs on private property

The first day an election sign can be placed on private property is August 23, 2018.

Temporary Signs on Private Property By-law - City of Ottawa By-law 2004-239, Sections 14 and 21, states:

  1. No person or entity shall place or cause to be placed or allow to remain placed an election sign more than sixty (60) days immediately preceding the election date.

  2. Every election sign together with its appurtenances shall be removed from the premise within forty-eight (48) hours following the election date.

  3. Dimension requirements [By-law 2004-239] do not apply to an election sign.

Election signs on public property

The first day an election sign can be placed on public property is September 22, 2018.

Signs on City Roads By-law - City of Ottawa By-law 2003-520, as amended, states:

  1. No person shall place an election sign on a highway other than on an inner boulevard, provided that the sign is not placed more than thirty (30) days immediately preceding the election date.
  2. No election sign is to be placed within fifty (50) centimetres of a sidewalk, or where there is no sidewalk, within two (2) metres of the roadway or within fifty (50) centimetres of the edge of a shoulder where such exists.

  3. The election sign and its appurtenances shall be removed within forty-eight (48) hours following the election date.

Note: It is forbidden to use election signs that constitute a safety hazard or utilize any sign type identified as a prohibited sign in any of the above listed by-laws.

Election signs on provincial highways

Please contact the Ministry of Transportation for regulations governing election signs on provincial highways.

Election signs on National Capital Commission lands

Please contact the National Capital Commission for regulations governing election signs on its lands. 

Campaign material around a voting place

When a voting place is located within public premises, the entire property of the voting place and all the boundaries associated with it are considered part of that voting place.

When a voting place is located on private premises, such as apartment or condominium buildings, all of the common elements of those buildings are considered part of the voting place. Individual units, however, are not considered common elements and their doors, windows, balconies, etc., do not fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Ottawa.

On both public and private premises, "premises" includes the parking lot, adjoining fences and adjacent road allowances. The City of Ottawa utilizes only a specific area for a voting place and has no jurisdiction over adjacent properties, for example, over political signs posted on street corners or passing cars advertising a candidate.

Campaigning at a voting place

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, stipulates that no person shall attempt to influence, directly or indirectly, how the elector votes and no person shall display a candidate’s election campaign material or literature in a voting place.

Clothing or accessories that identify a candidate, such as, signs, buttons, slogans, logos, advertising, etc., are not permitted inside a voting place.

Voting screens are checked regularly for markings and campaign literature.

The Supervisor Deputy Returning Officer is the final arbiter and may take whatever action is deemed necessary to maintain compliance in the voting place.