Kitchener Election 2018

Every four years, resident are given the opportunity - and the responsibility - to help guide our community's future by electing a new local government - including city council.

With every municipal election, we commit to efficiently facilitating an open, fair and impartial process that encourages your participation and inspires your confidence.

The City of Kitchener's 2018 municipal election will take place on Oct. 22, 2018.

Important update: Nomination date has changed

The Municipal Elections Modernization Act 2016 has changed the dates of the nomination period for individuals who want to register as candidates for the 2018 election. All those who wish to register as a candidate must file their nomination papers within the following timeframe.

The nomination period for 2018 opens on May 1 and ends July 27 at 2 p.m.

There is also a new requirement for 25 supporting signatures of eligible electors to accompany the nomination. The Province of Ontario will release the nomination form on or after April 1, 2018.

If you intend to participate in the 2018 election in any capacity, you should review these changes at Municipal Elections Act Review and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Important dates in 2018

  • May 1: Nominations open
  • July 27, 2 p.m.: Nominations close
  • Oct. 22: Election day
  • Dec. 1: New term of council begins
  • Dec. 31: End of campaign period

Elected offices

Nominations will be received by the City Clerk for the offices of:

  • Regional chair
  • Mayor
  • Regional councillor for Cambridge, Kitchener or Waterloo
  • Ward councillor
  • Waterloo Region District School Board trustee
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board trustee
  • Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
  • Conseil Scolaire de district catholique MonAvenir

Campaigns and contributions

A candidate's election campaign period for any of the above offices begins on the day they file a nomination. No contributions can be made or accepted, and no expenses may be incurred before the Clerk receives the nomination form.

Any money, goods and services given to and accepted by, or on behalf of, a person for their election campaign are considered to be contributions.

Related links

Visit the following sites for additional information related to the municipal election process:

For more information, including forms and documents, please visit Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

If you're curious about the results of our last municipal election, or you would like to learn more about your current city council and other local organizations, check out our:

For more information, contact our Office of the City Clerk at elections@Kitchener.ca.

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