Mayor for a Day Contest

Applications now accepted!

Mayor Jim Watson, the City of Ottawa and Youth Ottawa’s Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC) are proud to host the Annual Mayor for a Day Contest!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on community programming, The Mayor for a Day contest was put on hold in 2020 and 2021. Organizers have been working hard to put on the contest in 2022 and we are excited to officially launch the contest today! 

What is the Mayor for a Day Contest?

The Mayor for a Day contest is a unique and exciting opportunity to engage local youth from around the city on municipal politics and civic issues. Ottawa high school students in grades 9 to 12 are invited to apply by outlining their vision for Ottawa over the next 50 years, for their chance to experience a day with Mayor Jim Watson!

The Mayor for a Day contest is organized by the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC) in partnership with the City of Ottawa and Mayor Jim Watson’s office, as a way to promote youth engagement on municipal politics and civic issues.

Submitted ideas from all participants will help inform the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee’s Youth Action Plan (YAP), as part of OYEC’s current citywide youth consultations.

How do I apply?

Students are invited to apply by filling out the application below. The deadline to submit is April 28th, 2022 and contest winners will be contacted shortly after. The two winners will be shadowing the Mayor throughout the day on May 5th from 8am-2pm. 

Pictures from the 2019 winners & the 2019 OYEC committee