Here’s What You Need To Know About Ottawa’s 2022 Municipal Elections

A new district, six districts are given a new name, for the first time voting is done by mail and a new mayor is elected.

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

Election Day is set for Monday 24 October.

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

When is Election Day?

Voters go to the polls in the municipal elections on October 24. The polling stations are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m

There are several options for pre-voting prior to the elections.

  • 24, 25, 26 and 27 Sept. – Special Advance Vote Day opportunities for voters to vote between 10am and 8pm
  • October 7 – Advance Vote Day opportunity for voters to cast their ballots between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • October 14 – Advance Vote Day opportunity for voters to cast their ballots between 10am and 8pm

new mayor

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

Jim Watson announced in December that he would not be re-elected after three terms as mayor of Ottawa.

New faces

After the municipal election, there will be at least seven new councilors at Ottawa City Hall.

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

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

New department

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

The 24th Ward will be known as “Ward 24 – Barrhaven East”

City officials say the new name is for “Geographical Identification.” The map for the new Barrhaven East neighborhood boundaries is available on the City of Ottawa website.

New neighborhood names

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

Here’s a look at the new names for the six divisions

  • Ward 1– Orleans becomes Orleans East-Cumberland
  • Ward 2– Innes becomes Orleans 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

Ballot papers by post

Residents of Ottawa can vote by mail.

These are the first municipal elections in the entire city where ballots are used.

Voters can complete an application for a special ballot on the City of Ottawa’s website Sept. 1-16. Ballot papers must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on Oct.

Who is eligible to run?

A person is eligible to run for mayor or city councilor if he:

  • 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 is eligible to be a candidate for the school administrator if he:

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

Important data

May 2 – Candidates on the first day can submit their nomination forms for the office of Mayor, Councilor and School Administrator

August 19 at 2pm – Deadline for candidates to submit, change position or withdraw their nomination form

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

24, 25, 26 and 27 Sept. – Special Advance Vote Day opportunities for voters to cast their votes between 10am and 8pm

October 7 – Advance Vote Day opportunity for voters to cast their votes between 10am and 8pm

October 14 – Advance Vote Day opportunity for voters to cast their votes between 10am and 8pm

October 24 – Voting Day. The polling places are open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m

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