What voters need to know


Municipal elections in Ontario occur on the fourth Monday of October every four years. The next municipal election is Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Voters will elect a mayor, ward councillors, Region of Waterloo chair and councillors, and school board trustees. These elected officials make important decisions that affect your city, region, and school boards.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has prepared the 2018 Voters’ Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.

You are entitled to vote if, on Voting Day, you:

  • reside in Kitchener or are the owner or tenant of land there, or are the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • are Canadian citizen;
  • are at least 18 years old; and,
  • are not excluded from voting as stated below or otherwise by law.

You may not vote if you are:

  • serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
  • a corporation;
  • acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy.

Separate school voters

In order to vote for a separate school board trustee, you must be qualified to vote and also be a Roman Catholic (which includes Greek and Ukrainian Catholics). If you are the spouse of a Roman Catholic voter, and you are not Roman Catholic, you cannot vote for a separate school board trustee, even if your children attend a separate school and/or you have directed the school portion of your taxes to the separate school board.

When do I vote?

Voters may cast a ballot between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22.

Advanced polls means you can vote before Oct. 22. There will be five advanced poll locations. The advanced poll dates and hours are as follows:

  • 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.

Am I on the Voters’ List?

The Voters’ List is a list of known individuals who are eligible to vote in the 2018 Municipal Election. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) provides the City of Kitchener with information to create the Voters’ List.

Eligible electors may electronically add themselves to the Voters' List via an online service beginning September 15. 

You can also fill out an application to amend the Voters' List and submit to Legislated Services, 2nd floor of City Hall, 200 King St. W, Kitchener from September 4th-October 19th. Applications will also be available on Election Day at your voting location – please allow extra time if you choose to correct/add to the Voters’ List on Election Day. 

Application to Amend the Voters' List

To learn more about why it is important to be on the Voter's List click here.

Additionally, electors may file an application for the removal of a deceased person's name from the Voters' List.

Application for Removal of Deceased Person's Name from Voters' List

Voter notification

If your name is on the Voters' List, you will receive a Voter Notification Card (VNC) by mail. This card provides you with information on where and when you can vote. Bring this card with you to the poll, to speed up the time it takes you to vote.

Up to six voters with the same last name, residing at the same address, will receive one envelope containing the VNCs. 

Please note that a VNC is not required for voting. You may bring a piece of acceptable identification to your assigned location or any of the five Advanced Polls to vote.

Acceptable forms of identification

The following is prescribed by the Province of Ontario as the proof of identity and residence that a person may present for the purposes of voting in the 2018 municipal election. Please note the ID must be an original, or a certified or notarial copy of a document that is listed in Schedule 1 and shows the person’s name and qualifying address. 

Schedule 1- (documents that show name AND qualifying address)

  1. An Ontario driver’s licence 
  2. An Ontario Health Card (photo card) 
  3. An Ontario Photo Card 
  4. An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion) 
  5. A cancelled personalized cheque 
  6. A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario 
  7. An insurance policy or insurance statement 
  8. A loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution 
  9. A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario 
  10. Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency or such a government 
  11. Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada) 
  12. An income tax assessment notice 
  13. A Child Tax Benefit Statement
  14. A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E 
  15. A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS) 
  16. A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P) 
  17. A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions 
  18. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works 
  19. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program 
  20. A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007 
  21. A property tax assessment 
  22. A credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement
  23. A CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities 
  24. A hospital card or record 
  25. A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution 
  26. A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home 
  27. A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission 
  28. A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer 
  29. A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school

Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee

The Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC) considers applications requesting compliance audits of candidates’ election campaign finances, any resulting auditors reports and the Clerk’s Report identifying apparent contribution contraventions in accordance with Sections 88.33, 88.34 and 88.35 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

The MECAC members for the 2018-2022 term include: 

  • Larry Aberle
  • Christine Joo
  • Tom Jutzi
  • John Lindsay
  • Robert Steinberg
  • Murray Stoddart
  • Rosita Tse
  • Robert Williams
  • Karen Wilson
  • Carl Zehr

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