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If you participated as a candidate 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

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

Oct. 23: City of Kitchener Official Results declared.

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.

Financial statement filing 

Notice of Requirement to file Financial Statements

Please see attached deadlines and information for municipal candidates and registered third party advertisers to file Financial Statements.

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, requires all election campaign periods for all offices to begin on the day she or he files a nomination for the office.

Candidates were not permitted to spend or raise money for their election until they had filed their nomination. Money, goods and services given to or accepted by a candidates, or on behalf of a candidate, for their election campaign are considered contributions. 

Candidates are only entitled to receive a refund of the nomination filing fee if their financial statement is submitted by the required deadline.

Important dates: 

Dec. 31, 2018: campaign period ends. This date is also the deadline for a candidate or Third Party Advertiser to provide the Clerk with written notification of deficit and continuation of campaign period. Form 6 must be completed and filed with the Clerk in order to do so.

March 28, 2019: deadline to apply to the Ontario Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement (for campaign period ending December 31, 2018). Candidates/Third Party Advertisers are still eligible to receive a refund of their Nomination fee, provided they file their statements by the extension deadline given by the Ontario Court of Justice.

March 29, 2019: filing deadline for campaign period ending December 31, 2018 is 2 p.m. Candidates/Third Party Advertisers who file after this date for the above campaign period are not eligible to receive a refund of their Nomination fee.

April 29, 2019: late filing date for campaign period ending December 31, 2018. Candidates must pay a $500 late filing fee at the time of filing.

June 30, 2019: last day of extended campaign period.

Sept. 26, 2019: deadline to apply to Ontario Court of Justice to extend the time to file the supplementary financial statement (for campaign period ending June 30, 2019).

Sept. 27, 2019: last day for filing supplementary financial statement (campaign period ending June 30, 2019).

 Forms: 

  • Form 4 – Candidate financial statement form
  • Form 5 – Subsequent Expenses – after supplementary filing period is over – to be used if candidate or third party advertiser has incurred costs related to a compliance audit or to apply for the return of their surplus fee to defray those costs (if applicable)
  • Form 6 – Notice of Extension of Campaign form (if applicable)
  • Form 8 – Third Party Advertiser financial statement form 

City of Kitchener wards

Ward Boundary By-law

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 ElectionCampaigning@kitchener.ca for inquiries about their campaign.

Resources:

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)

OESC School Board Trustee Resources - English

OESC School Board Trustee Resources - French

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

Final campaign certificates of maximum amounts
 
 Maximum contribution to a candidate's own election campaign

Mayor

Ward 1

Ward 2 

Ward 3

Ward 4

Ward 5

Ward 6

Ward 7

Ward 8 

Ward 9 

Ward 10

Maximum campaign expenses

Mayor

Ward 1

Ward 2 

Ward 3

Ward 4

Ward 5

Ward 6

Ward 7

Ward 8 

Ward 9 

Ward 10

Trustee - Waterloo Region District School Board

Trustee - Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Maximum amount for parties, etc. after voting day

Mayor

Ward 1

Ward 2 

Ward 3

Ward 4

Ward 5

Ward 6

Ward 7

Ward 8 

Ward 9 

Ward 10

Trustee - Waterloo Region District School Board

Trustee - Waterloo Catholic District School Board

 Preliminary campaign certificates of maximum amounts

Maximum campaign expenses as of filing nomination

Mayor

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

Mayor

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

 Legislation

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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