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Information for candidates

If you're running in the 2018 municipal election, you've come to the right place as this page contains important election-related information. We strongly encourage you to review the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and its accompanying regulations. An additional resource to review is the 2018 Candidates' Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections which The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has prepared. 

Elected offices and qualifications

City of Kitchener mayor and ward councillors

You are qualified to be elected or to hold office as a member of a council of the City of Kitchener, if you:

  • live in Kitchener or are the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of someone who owns or rents there;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are at least 18 years old; and
  • are not disqualified by the Municipal Act or any other Act from holding the office.

Other offices

Regional Chair and Regional Councillor

Waterloo Region District School Board (English public)

Waterloo Catholic District School Board (English separate)

Conseil scolaire Viamonde (French public)

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (French separate)

Important dates

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
  • 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.

Becoming a candidate

Candidates for ward councillor are able to run in any ward of the municipality, not just the one in which they own property.

Nomination process

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, provides that a candidate's election campaign period for all offices begin on the day she or he files a nomination for the office. Candidates should refer to the candidate resources below for their expense limits and other election documents.

  • You cannot spend or raise money for your election until you file your nomination.

Money, goods and services given to or accepted by you, or on your behalf, for your election campaign are considered contributions. You can only receive these after you, as a candidate, are nominated.

1) Nominations can only be made using the prescribed form and signed by the person who is  nominated. The form must contain an original signature. Nomination forms must be filed in Legislated Services, 2nd floor, City Hall,200 King Street West, Kitchener, personally either by the candidate or by his/her agent:

a) during the hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on any day from May 1 to July 26, when the office is open to the public; or

b) during the hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nomination Day, Friday, July 27.

2) Facsimile transmissions, emailed or mailed-in nomination forms are not permitted.

3) All candidates must provide photo identification.

4) All candidates must provide proof of Canadian citizenship, age and qualifying address.

5) A completed Declaration of Eligibility form is required when filing a nomination.

NEW: When you file your nomination forms, you must also submit:

  • 25 signatures and declarations from eligible electors anywhere in the municipality, to endorse you as a candidate. Anyone endorsing you as a candidate must be an eligible elector in the municipality on the date of the endorsement. Individuals can endorse more than one candidate.
  • Note: The requirement of 25 endorsement signatures and declarations does not apply to school board trustees.

NEW: Citizenship requirement

You must also provide proof of Canadian citizenship when you file your nomination forms.

Filing fee

A filing fee payable in cash, debit, certified cheque or money order to the City of Kitchener must accompany all nominations, as follows:

  • $200 for the office of mayor;
  • $100 for all other offices.

You are only entitled to receive a refund of the nomination filing fee if you submit your financial statement(s) by the required deadline.

City of Kitchener wards

There are no adjustments to our ward boundaries for the 2018 municipal election.

2018 individual ward maps:

Below are links to the individual ward maps for the City:

To view all the voting locations, including wards and voting subdivisions, please visit the City of Kitchener’s interactive online map. There is also a map of the advanced voting locations.

Election signs

Elections signs are permitted to be displayed in the City of Kitchener from September 7, 2018 - October 25, 2018.

For more information regarding elections signs please review the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 as well as the City of Kitchener and Region of Waterloo sign by-laws.

To report possible contraventions of the sign bylaws please click here and provide a detailed description including:

  • who the sign belongs to;
  • where the sign is located;
  • what the contravention is; and
  • a picture showing the contravention (if possible).

Candidate resources

Listed below are resources to provide candidates with information about running for office in the City of Kitchener. Candidates should email for inquiries about their campaign.


Nomination Form

Endorsement of Nomination Form

Financial Statement - Auditor's Report Candidate 

Appointment of Scrutineer

Council - Declaration of Eligibility

School Board Trustee - Declaration of Eligibility

Consent to Release Personal Information

Municipal Elections Act

Ministry of Municipal Affairs 2018 Election presentation (slides)

2018 Candidates' Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections

So You Want To Run For Council - Online Course offered through Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO)

Candidate's Guide to Accessible Elections

Candidate's Reference Manual No. 1 (City of Kitchener)

City wide map

Corporate resources policy

City of Kitchener Sign Bylaw (Article 9)

Region of Waterloo Sign Bylaw (Part IV)

Region of Waterloo election sign guide

Regional Roads by Name - Kitchener

Code of Conduct

Procedural bylaw

Alternative voting equipment bylaw

Alternative voting procedures

Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Municipal Act

 Campaign expense limits

Maximum campaign expenses as of filing nomination


Councillor Ward 1

Councillor Ward 2

Councillor Ward 3

Councillor Ward 4

Councillor Ward 5

Councillor Ward 6

Councillor Ward 7

Councillor Ward 8

Councillor Ward 9

Councillor Ward 10

Trustee – Waterloo Region District School Board

Trustee – Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Trustee – Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

 Maximum contributions to a candidate’s own campaign as of filing nomination


Councillor Ward 1

Councillor Ward 2

Councillor Ward 3

Councillor Ward 4

Councillor Ward 5

Councillor Ward 6

Councillor Ward 7

Councillor Ward 8

Councillor Ward 9

Councillor Ward 10


Municipal Act, 2001

Municipal Elections Act, 1996

Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, 1990


2014 election information

For candidates who may be interested in reviewing the 2014 election results, a poll-by-poll summary (canvas report) and individual race results (results by race report) are provided in the following PDF files:

In addition to these reports, the 2014 election results by ward and poll in the City of Kitchener may be viewed on a map.


NOTE: Polling subdivisions and locations in 2018 may be different from 2014.

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