2010 Ottawa Municipal Elections

Voting Day:                  October 25, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Elections Office:         613-580-2661
Elections information online

Offices being filled
Mayor, city councilors, and school board trustees (all four boards)

Who can vote
Residents 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, who are Canadian citizens aged 18 or older and are not prohibited from voting by law.
If you are not a resident of Ottawa, you can still vote for school board trustee if you own or rent residential property within the school board’s jurisdiction, and do not support any other school board.

Registering to vote
You may already be on the voters’ list (you can check by phoning the Elections Office at 613-580-2660). If not, the Elections Office will send you an application (or you can pick up a copy—at the Elections Office, City Hall, or a Client Services Centre—or download one from the City’s website. Bring this with you to vote in order to avoid delays.

Redirecting your taxes to the appropriate school board:
Perhaps your property taxes are directed to support the separate board, but your child is attending the public board. In order to vote for trustee in the board your child attends, you must redirect your taxes.
Go to Application to Add or Amend My Name on the Voters List, print off sheet and fill it in. Fill in the appropriate selection under “School Support.” Bring this with you to the polling station.

Voting by proxy
Those who cannot vote on the appointed days (for example, a son or daughter away at university) can appoint a proxy. See the City’s website for more details.

How to find your voting location

Candidates for Mayor and City Council

How to find out which municipal ward you live in

How to find out which School Board Zone you live in
Your school board zone is determined by your municipal ward. The zones and wards correspond as follows:

Zone 1        Ward 5 - West Carleton-March, Ward 6 - Stittsville-Kanata West, Ward 21 - Rideau-Goulbourn
Zone 2        Ward 4 - Kanata North, Ward 23 - Kanata South
Zone 3        Ward 3 - Barrhaven, Ward 9 - Knoxdale-Merivale
Zone 4        Ward 7 - Bay
Zone 5        Ward 8 - College
Zone 6        Ward 13 - Rideau-Rockcliffe, Ward 18 - Alta Vista
Zone 7        Ward 10 - Gloucester-Southgate, Ward 20 - Osgoode, Ward 22 - Gloucester-South Nepean
Zone 8        Ward 1 - Orléans, Ward 19 - Cumberland
Zone 9        Ward 12 - Rideau-Vanier, Ward 17 - Capital
Zone 10      Ward 14 - Somerset, Ward 15 - Kitchissippi
Zone 11      Ward 16 - River
Zone 12      Ward 2 - Innes, Ward 11 - Beacon Hill-Cyrville

Candidates for Public Board Trustee

Organizations that have surveyed trustees and/or announced trustee endorsments:
Ottawa & District Labour Council (link)
Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teachers' Federation (OCETF), endorsements
Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation (OSSTF), endorsements
Our Ottawa (link)
Alternative Schools Advisory Committee (ASAC)
Association for Bright Children (ABC) 

Orleans Star mini-survey

Ottawa Parents' Education Network (OPEN)

Why is it important for parents to pay attention to school board races?

Trustees are the board of directors for the education system. Relying on the advice of professional staff, they control the budget, the policies, the programs, and pretty much everything that happens to and in our schools. Because they fill elective offices, they ultimately answer to the electorate. They are supposed to be the voice of the public at the Public Education decision-making table. 

The voters who generally pay the most attention to school board matters are parents, but how we treat our children affects everyone. So if you care about what the educational system looks like, then it's a good idea to pay attention to school board races: who is running, what their views on the issues you care about are, etc.---and if it's not obvious---ask them!

What questions might an interested parent pose to school trustee candidates?

Ask about things that are important to you: for example, access to particular schools or programs, parental choice, flexibility in delivery, special education, or English as a Second Language. Several organizations have posed specific questions to trustees—see links above to view the answers or endorsements that have flowed from this process.

How can supporters help, once they’ve chosen a candidate?

Phone or email the candidate and ask how you can participate in the campaign. At a minimum, you can probably take a lawn sign. But there is always work to be done: placing requested lawn signs, delivering leaflets, canvassing, staffing tables at community events. Donated funds are always welcome, as is help with fundraising or perhaps the candidate's website.

You can also spread the word to neighbours, family, friends, co-workers about choosing the candidate who best supports the education of the next generation.

Where can more information be found?

  • The City of Ottawa’s website has good general elections information.
  • To learn about issues specific to your school and community, talk to members of your school council. They will know what issues your school is facing, and which candidates seem well acquainted with them. Talk to your neighbours and your community association. Look at the candidates’ websites, Facebook pages, etc.
  • If your child has special needs, talk to the Special Education Advisory Committee representative for the organization that represents your child's exceptionality at SEAC. You can find out who the representatives are by contacting the OCDSB Board Services at 613-596-8255, or by contacting one of these groups:

-        Association for Bright Children (Ottawa Region Chapter), 613-860-1398 
-        Autism Society of Ontario - Ottawa Chapter, 613-230-6305 
-        Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton, web, 613-567-5864
-        Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders, web, 613-749-7712 
-        Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, 613-569-8993 
-        VIEWS for the Visually Impaired, 613-725-2472 
-        VOICE for the Hearing Impaired, 613-234-6278