Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 municipal election in Ottawa

A new district, six districts will have a new name, postal voting for the first time and a new mayor will be elected.

The 2022 municipal election campaign begins today, with several changes to the voting process and to Ottawa’s municipal electoral map.

Election day is set for Monday, October 24.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca takes a look at what you need to know for the municipal election campaign in Ottawa.


When is election day

Voters will head to the polls in the October 24 municipal election. Polling stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be several advance voting opportunities before the election.

  • September 24, 25, 26 and 27 – Special opportunities for advance polling day for voters to vote between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • October 7 – Opportunity for voters, on advance polling day, to vote between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • October 14 – Opportunity for electors, on advance polling day, to vote between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.


New mayor

Ottawa will have a new mayor for the first time in 10 years.

Jim Watson announced in December that he would not run again after three terms as mayor of Ottawa.


New faces

There will be at least seven new councilors at Ottawa City Hall after the municipal elections.

Four councilors have said they will not seek re-election – Jean Cloutier, Keith Egli, Jan Harder and Scott Moffatt. Two current councilors have announced they will run for mayor – Diane Deans and Catherine McKenney.

Ottawa is also adding a new ward for the 2022 election, giving the city a 24and councilor elected to the council table.


new neighborhood

The City of Ottawa is adding a new ward for the 2022 municipal elections to accommodate population growth.

24and the neighborhood will be known as “Quartier 24 – Barrhaven East”

City staff say the new name is for “Geographic Identification.” The map of the new Barrhaven East ward boundaries is available on the City of Ottawa website.


New district names

Six wards in the City of Ottawa are renamed to reflect geographic names and community names.

Here is an overview of the new names of the six districts


  • Ward 1– Orléans becomes Orléans East-Cumberland

  • Ward 2– Innes becomes Orléans West-Innes

  • Ward 3 – Barrhaven becomes Barrhaven West

  • Ward 19– Cumberland becomes Orleans South-Navan

  • Ward 21– Rideau-Goulbourn becomes Rideau-Jock

  • Ward 22– Gloucester-South Nepean becomes Riverside South-Findlay Creek


Mail-in ballots

Ottawa residents can vote by mail.

This will be the first citywide municipal election to use mail-in voting.

Voters can complete an application for a special ballot by mail on the City of Ottawa website from September 1 to 16. Mail-in ballots must be received at the Elections Office or Client Service Centers by October 24.


Who is eligible to run?

A person can be a candidate for mayor or city council if they are:

  • A resident of the City of Ottawa, or an owner or tenant of land in the City of Ottawa, or the spouse of such owner or tenant
  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • Not legally prohibited from voting

A person can be a candidate for the position of school commissioner if they are:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • A resident in the jurisdiction of the school board
  • A supporter of this school board
  • Not legally prohibited from voting


Key dates

May 2 – Day one candidates can drop off their nomination forms for mayor, councilor and school board trustees

August 19 at 2:00 p.m. – Deadline for candidates to file, change positions or withdraw their nomination forms

September 9 – First day an election sign can be placed on private property and public property

September 24, 25, 26 and 27 – Special opportunities for advance polling day for voters to vote between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

October 7 – Opportunity for voters, on advance polling day, to vote between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

October 14 – Opportunity for electors, on advance polling day, to vote between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

October 24 – Election Day. Polling stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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