The deadline to file or withdraw a nomination for the office of Mayor, City Councillor and School Board Trustee in the 2022 Municipal Elections is Friday, August 19, 2022, at 2 pm.
Nomination process for candidates
Nomination forms must be filed by the candidate or by an agent acting on the candidate’s behalf, in person, at the City of Ottawa’s Elections Office during the candidate’s scheduled appointment. Candidates or their agents may contact the Elections Office by phone at 613-580-2660 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Appointments are reserved during regular office hours, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on a first come, first served basis.
Visit ottawa.ca/vote or contact the Elections Office for more information on:
- Candidate eligibility;
- Filing requirements; and
- The list of nominated candidates.
Withdrawal of nomination or change of office
A withdrawal of nomination must be submitted in writing with the original signature of the candidate, and in person by the candidate or their agent, at the Elections Office, by appointment only.
A candidate that has previously filed nomination forms and wishes to change office, must file new nomination forms for their preferred office. These nomination forms must be filed in person by the candidate or their agent at the City of Ottawa’s Elections Office, by appointment only. A candidate’s previous nomination is deemed to be withdrawn upon filing nomination forms for a different office.
Candidate nomination certification
Following the close of the nomination period, the City Clerk will examine each nomination that has been filed to ensure it meets the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, and if satisfied, will certify the nomination on or before Monday, August 22, 2022. The list of certified candidates will be available on ottawa.ca/vote.
Registration process and deadline for third party advertisers
The registration deadline for third party advertisers is Friday, October 21, 2022, at 4:30 pm. An individual, corporation or trade union may register as a third party by filing a notice of registration in person at the Elections Office, during regular office hours. There is no registration fee for third party advertisers.
Virtual candidate and third party advertiser information session
The City of Ottawa’s Elections Office is hosting two virtual candidate and third party advertiser information sessions on Monday, August 29, 2022, at 6 pm (English) and Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 6 pm (French). The information sessions will cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to, election signs, campaign finances and contributions, voting options, and what to expect on Voting Day. Please call the Elections Office at 613-580-2660 or email email@example.com to register.