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Updated: Key dates in the municipal election timeline

By Greggory Clark on July 31, 2018

Update: The nomination period has ended with 12 nominees running for office of the mayor. Visit for the complete list of certified candidates.

The campaign period has officially begun for candidates who file a nomination paper today. A candidate’s campaign for the office of mayor, councillor, or school board trustee begins once their nomination has been filed. Eligible individuals have until 2pm on July 27, 2018 to submit (or withdraw) their nomination paper.

Many politicians have already announced their intentions to run. Do you already know who is running in your neighbourhood? The good folks over at Ottawa Start have compiled a list of names in every ward. Blank spots on this list should fill up quickly now that the nomination window has opened.


May 1, 2018: Nomination period begins

  • First day candidates can file a nomination paper.
  • Once their nomination has been filed, candidates may begin accepting contributions and spending money on their campaign.

July 27, 2018: Nomination Day

  • Candidates have until 2pm to file their nomination paper.
  • Anyone who wishes to withdraw their nomination has until 2pm to do so.

August 23, 2018: Election signs 

  • First day an election sign can be placed on private property.

September 1, 2018: Voters’ List Revision Period

  • “Am I on the Voters’ List?” search tool will become available, allowing voters to check if they are registered to vote and how their information is currently presented on the voters’ list.

September 22, 2018: More election signs 

  • First day an election sign can be placed on public property.

September 25, 2018: Expense limits certificates

  • Final expense limits certificate to be provided to candidates and third parties by this date.

October 4–7, 2018: Special advance vote days

  • First opportunity for voters to cast their ballot.
  • Voters can cast their ballot at any one of six locations across Ottawa between 10am and 8pm.
  • Ballots for all wards will be available at all locations.

October 12, 2018: Traditional advance vote day

  • Voters can cast their ballot in their wards between 10am and 8pm.

October 19, 2018: Last call for third parties

  • Last day for an individual, corporation, or trade union to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser.

October 22, 2018: Voting Day

  • With the exception of institutions and retirement homes that may have reduced opening hours, voting places will be open at 10am and close at 8pm.

Visit for a full list of key dates and resources, as well as contact information for the Elections Office.