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.

Check online by visiting voterlookup.ca or click the button below to see if you are on the Voters’ List. You may also add yourself to the Voters’ List.

You can also fill out an application to amend the Voters' List and submit to Legislated Services on the second floor at city hall, 200 King St. W, Kitchener, beginning Sept. 2.

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. 

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.

We are looking for up to 10 individuals to join the committee membership pool for a 4 year term ending in November 2022.  Interested individuals are invited to apply. Financial, accounting or legal expertise and knowledge of the municipal election process will be considered an asset.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of the Regional Clerk for the Region of Waterloo on or before July 20, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

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