Candidates in the 2022 municipal election are responsible for knowing the requirements and rules stated within the relevant legislation.

On this page:

  1. Who can run for office?
  2. Elected offices and qualifications
  3. Become a candidate
  4. Resources

Who can run for office?

A person may be nominated for office in the 2022 municipal election if, on the day the person is nominated, they are:

  • qualified to hold that office under the Act that creates it, and
  • eligible under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, and
  • not otherwise prohibited by law to be nominated for or to hold the office

Elected offices and qualifications

Residents will vote on these offices in the 2022 municipal election:

City of Kitchener mayor and ward councillors

You are qualified to be elected or to hold office as a member Kitchener city council if you:

  • reside in the City of Kitchener or are the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant,
  • are a Canadian citizen,
  • are at least 18 years old, and
  • are not disqualified by the Municipal Act or any other Act from holding such office

We encourage you to book an appointment to file your nomination with staff. Your appointment will help with reviewing the required documents, establish a point of contact and makes sure the required staff are available to receive the nomination.

Nomination forms for mayor and ward councillor for the City of Kitchener must be filed in person by the candidate or by their agent. Signatures on nomination forms must be original and not photocopies or scans.


Become a candidate

Nominations for the 2022 municipal election are open during these hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. from May 2 to August 18, 2022
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022

The information below will help you prepare your nomination for candidacy:

Nomination process

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, provides that a candidate's election campaign period for all offices begins on the day they file a nomination for the office. We will share a preliminary expense limit and other election documents with candidates at the time of filing their nomination.

Candidates cannot spend or raise money for their election until a nomination is filed.

Money, goods and services given to or accepted by or on behalf of a person for their election campaign are contributions. This can happen only after the individual intending to run for office has been nominated.

Nominations can only be made using the prescribed form that is signed by the person being nominated. The candidate or their agent must file nomination forms in person with our legislated services team on the second floor of City Hall during these hours:

  • 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. from May 2 to August 18, 2022
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 19, 2022

Book an appointment

We encourage you to book an appointment to file your nomination with staff. Your appointment will help with reviewing the required documents, establish a point of contact and makes sure the required staff are available to receive the nomination.

Follow these steps to book an appointment:

  1. choose your preferred date and time from our appointment booking system (appointments times are one hour but may not take the full hour)
  2. add your name and email and submit the request

When you arrive at City Hall with completed forms and identification, check in with staff who will direct you to the Small Business Center, Election Desk.

Request an appointment

Forms required for nomination

Please bring these completed forms when you file your nomination:

Ward councillor candidates

Candidates for ward councillor can run in any ward of the municipality, not just the one they live or own property in.

Endorsement signatures

At the time when a candidate is filing their nomination forms, 25 endorsement signatures and declarations from eligible electors anywhere in the municipality must also accompany the nomination forms. An individual endorsing a candidate must be an eligible elector in the municipality on the date the elector endorses a candidate. Individuals can endorse more than one candidate.

The requirement of 25 endorsement signatures and declarations does not apply to school board trustees.

Citizenship requirement

At the time when a candidate is filing their nomination forms, the candidate must also provide proof of Canadian citizenship.

Filing fee

All nominations must include a filing fee:

  • $200 for the Office of Mayor
  • $100 for all other offices

Payment methods:

  • cash
  • debit
  • certified cheque
  • money order to The City of Kitchener

A candidate for an office is only entitled to a refund of the nomination filing fee if they submit their financial statement(s) by the required deadline.

Withdraw a nomination

A person may withdraw their nomination by filing a written withdrawal in person with our Legislated Services team on the second floor of City Hall before 2 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022.


Resources

To help with your nomination, there are city and provincial resources available online.

City resources

Please review our candidate resources to help you after you file.

Provincial guide

The Province of Ontario's Candidates' Guide includes information about:

  • eligibility to run for election
  • nominations
  • campaigning
  • third party advertising
  • on voting day
  • after voting day
  • campaign finance
  • compliance and enforcement
  • completing the financial statement

Download the guide