What voters need to know


Municipal elections in Ontario occur on the fourth Monday of October every four years. The 2018 municipal election was Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Voters elected 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 prepared the 2018 Voters’ Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.

In order to vote you had to:

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

You could not vote if you were:

  • 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 had to be qualified to vote and also be 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 were not able to 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.

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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