Election 2018 important dates


The next regular municipal election is on Oct. 22, 2018.

The Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016, or Bill 181, received Royal Assent on June 9, 2016. The Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016 introduced a number of changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

All those who intend on participating in the 2018 election in any capacity should review these changes at Municipal Elections Act Review and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

 Important dates to know

Whether you are a voter, a candidate or a third-party advertiser, these are the dates you need to know:

May 1: First day that nominations may be filed with the clerk at Legislated Services, 2nd Floor, Berlin Tower, City Hall (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily when the office is open to the public). The following offices are open for nomination:

  • Mayor
  • Ward councillor
  • Regional chair
  • Regional councillor
  • Waterloo Region District School Board
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

First day to register as a third-party advertiser.

July 27: Nomination Day – close of nominations. File in Legislated Services, Kitchener City Hall, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sept. 4 – Oct. 22: Voters' List is revised and updated.

Sept. 7: First day for placing elections signs.

Oct. 10-13: Advanced polls

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10: 2-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 11: 2-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 12: 2-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 13: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Oct. 19: Last day to register as a third-party advertiser.

Oct. 22: Voting Day – Voting places are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Oct. 25: Removal of all election signs by 11:59 p.m.

Dec. 31: Campaign period ends.

March 29, 2019: Financial statement filing deadline.

April 29, 2019: Late financial statement filing deadline for candidates by 2 p.m.

  • If you file your financial statement late, you must include the $500 late-filing fee.

The Municipal Elections Act requires that every person who wants to run for office in the 2018 municipal election must file a nomination form with the clerk.

According to the Municipal Elections Act, a candidate’s election campaign period for any of the offices listed above begins on the day they file a nomination for the campaign. Prospective candidates can make or accept no contributions, not incur any expenses before the nomination form is filed with the clerk. Money, goods and services given to and accepted by, or on behalf of, a person for their election campaign are considered contributions.

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