The ward was created following the area's amalgamation into Ottawa in 2001, and first contested in 2000. Prior to amalgamation, this area was represented on Regional council by Western Townships Ward. Until 2006, the ward was known as Rideau Ward, containing the former Rideau Township. In 2006, the ward increased in size to contain the rural parts of the former Goulbourn Township (excluding Stittsville, which became the new Stittsville Ward), due to population growth in Stittsville. At this time, the ward was re-named Rideau-Goulbourn Ward. In 2014, the new Blackstone subdivision was transferred from Rideau-Goulbourn Ward to Stittsville Ward.
Following the George Floyd protests in 2020, there were calls to re-name this ward due to Goulbourn's namesake, Henry Goulburn's attachment to slavery in the 19th century. The ward name was ultimately changed, with "Goulbourn" being replaced by "Jock", for the Jock River which flows through the former Goulbourn Township.