Voting Information

When and where can I vote?

Election Day:

Monday, October 22
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Click here to find your polling station.

Special Advance Voting

Special advance voting will be open to all City of Ottawa electors October 4 to 7, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Electors may cast a ballot at any of the following locations during the special advance voting period:

  • Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
  • City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West
  • François Dupuis Recreation Centre, 2263 Portobello Boulevard
  • Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive
  • Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven, 3500 Cambrian Road
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata, 4101 Innovation Drive

Traditional Advance Voting

Electors will have an opportunity to vote in their ward on Friday, October 12, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Click here to find your polling station.

Who can vote?

You can vote if, on Voting Day, you 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 an owner or tenant;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • not prohibited from voting by law.

What do I need to vote?

All voters will be required to present a prescribed proof of identity such as a drivers’ license, health card, utility bill, or lease or rental statement. For a full list of valid identification, please click here.

You can also complete an application and make a declaration.

Can students vote?

Yes. If you live in the City of Ottawa temporarily to attend school, you are eligible to vote in both the City of Ottawa and your “home” municipality.

Acceptable identification includes your school transcript, a utility bill or a document showing campus residence.  To avoid line-ups on Election Day, we encourage you visit the relevant school department for documentation as soon as possible. For a full list of valid identification, please click here.

Voting by proxy

If you are unable to vote on October 22 or on any of the Advance Vote Days, you can appoint a proxy.  A proxy is a person who is an eligible voter and whom you trust to vote on your behalf.  Click here for more information about this process.

Am I on the voters list?

It is not required to be on the voters list to vote, as long as you are eligible and have valid identification when you arrive at the polling station.

Click here to see if you're on the voters list (link opens in a new window). Starting September 4, 2018, the voters list is also available for you to review at the City of Ottawa Elections Office (1221 Cyrville Road, Unit B), Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West), and all Client Service Centres until Monday, October 22.

Can you remind me to vote?

Yes. You can sign up for vote reminders here.  Remember to encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Who do I contact if I need help or have questions?

Please contact the campaign office if you have any questions or would like to schedule a ride to the polls.



The information provided on this page is offered on a courtesy basis by the Jim Watson Campaign. In case of any disagreement between the information provided here and that provided by the City of Ottawa, the City of Ottawa’s version is the definitive version.