Running for office?


Information for candidates

If you're thinking of running in the next municipal election, you've come to the right place. To begin, we strongly encourage you to review the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and its accompanying regulations. This will help determine if you are legally eligible and qualified to be nominated for or to hold -office should you be elected. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has prepared the 2018 Candidates' Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.

You may be nominated for an office only if, on the day you are nominated:

  1. You are qualified to hold that office under the Act, and,
  2. You are not ineligible under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, or
  3. Otherwise prevented by law to be nominated for, or to hold, the office.

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.

Nominations forms for mayor and ward councillor for the City of Kitchener 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. Signatures on nomination forms must be original and not copies.

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 de district 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 de district 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. 8: 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. You receive a preliminary expense limit and other election documents when you file your nomination.

  • 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.

Nominations can only be made using the approved form and signed by the person who is nominated. 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.

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.

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 

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)

City wide map

Corporate resource policy

City of Kitchener Sign By-law (Article 9)

Region of Waterloo Sign By-law (Part IV)

Regional Roads by Name - Kitchener

Code of Conduct

Procedural By-law


Municipal Act, 2001

Municipal Elections Act, 1996

Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, 1990


Candidate information sessions

There are a number of free information sessions in the area to help you determine if you want to run for council, how to run, and best practices for municipal elections.


Thursday, April 19 from 2-4 p.m.

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph



Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Waterloo Region Women's Campaign School

WHERE: Bowman Room, City of Cambridge, 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge

GUEST SPEAKER: Kris Fletcher

Registration required, $20 fee -


Tuesday, June 19 from 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: Wilmot Recreation Complex, 1291 Nafziger Road, Baden

GUEST SPEAKER: Ministry of Municipal Affairs

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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