The next regular municipal election to elect a mayor, ward councillors, regional chair, regional councillors, and school board trustees will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022. These elected officials will make important decisions affecting your city, region, and school boards.

Check if you're on the voters' list

On this page:

  1. Who can vote
  2. When and where to vote
  3. How to vote
  4. Voter notification card
  5. Voters' List
  6. Voting by proxy
  7. Homelessness
  8. Accessibility
  9. Voting tips

Who can vote

You can vote in the municipal election if you:

  • reside, rent or own property in Kitchener or are the spouse of someone who rents or owns property in Kitchener
  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are least 18 years old
  • are not prohibited from voting (see below) or otherwise by law

You cannot vote in the municipal election if you are:

  • serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
  • a corporation
  • a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy
  • a person who was convicted of the corrupt practice as per the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, if voting day in the current election is less than four years after voting day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted

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

  • eligibility to vote
  • how to vote in your municipality
  • voters' list and identification
  • questions on the ballot
  • supporting a candidate's campaign
  • after the election
  • contributions to candidates and third party advertisers
  • enforcement and penalties
  • by-elections
  • acceptable documents for voter identification
  • related forms

Download the guide

Separate school voters

To vote for a separate school board trustee, you must be qualified to vote and be a Roman Catholic (which includes Greek and Ukrainian Catholics). The spouse of a Roman Catholic voter, who is not Roman Catholic, cannot vote for a separate school board trustee, even if their children attend a separate school and/or they have directed the school portion of their taxes to the separate school board.


When and where to vote

You can vote on:

Election day

Advance voting days

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2022: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 14, 2022: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15, 2022: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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How to vote

For the fastest voting experience, bring these items to your voting location:

  • Voter Notification Card (VNC)
  • personal identification (ID)

Follow these steps to vote when you arrive at your voting location:

  1. present your ID to the election official and they will give you your ballot and secrecy folder
  2. take the ballot to an available voting booth to cast your ballot
  3. use the provided marker to put an ‘X’ in the blank square to the right of the candidate(s) of your choice
  4. if you make an error on your ballot, bring your spoiled ballot to polling location staff and request a new one
  5. after marking your ballot, insert the ballot into the secrecy folder with the DRO’s initials showing
  6. take the ballot in the secrecy folder to the elections official who will then insert the ballot into the tabulator
  7. the tabulator will read the ballot and then automatically put it in the secure ballot box
  8. you’re done voting!

Accepted forms of identification

Examples of identification include:

  • Ontario driver’s licence
  • Ontario health card (if your name and address are printed on the card)
  • mortgage, lease or rental agreement
  • insurance policy
  • credit card statement
  • bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone, internet

A Canadian passport is not an acceptable identification document because you write your address inside your passport yourself.

See the full list of acceptable documents.


Voter notification card

If your name is on the voters' list, you will get a Voter Notification Card (VNC) by mail. This card will tell you where and when you can vote. You do not need this to vote but it may make the process easier.

Up to six voters with the same last name, living at the same address, will get one envelope including multiple cards.


Voters' List

If your name is on the voters' list, you will get a Voter Notification Card or Voter Information Letter by mail. This card or letter will tell you where and when you can vote. You do not need this to vote but it may make the process easier.

Up to 10 voters living at the same address will get one envelope including multiple cards. The letter is addressed in the envelope window to the elector with the first elector ID numerically.

Use our tool below to check that you're on the Voters' List.

Add, remove or change information

Book an appointment at City Hall to:

  • add yourself to the list
  • change your information
  • remove yourself or a family member from the list

Book an appointment

You can also make these changes at a voting location on an advance voting day or on election day.

Download the Application to Amend the Voters' List form to complete it before your appointment or fill it out during your appointment.


Voting by proxy

Visit our voting by proxy page to learn about this service.


Homelessness

If you are eligible to vote but do not have a permanent address, you can still vote. We consider your residence to be the place where you most often returned to sleep or to eat (examples: hostel, shelter, drop-in centre) during the last five weeks.

Support agencies

If your agency works with the homeless, we encourage you to help those without a permanent residence to:

  • understand their right to vote
  • learn how to register to vote
  • provide an identification letter as proof that the individual has either slept or eaten at your location over the past five weeks
  • arrange for a staff member, or friend, to accompany the individual to the voting location to help support them through the voting process

Help register someone to vote

Find out where the person should go to vote (this will be a voting location in which the current place of lodging or eatery resides or an advance voting location). Check our list of voting locations to find the right location.

At the voting location, they will be asked to fill out and sign an Affidavit of Residence indicating the place where they have slept or eaten in the past five weeks (if available, an identification letter from the agency can make the process of completing the form easier for the individual).

The easiest way to register and vote is to go to an advance voting location.

If you have any questions, please send us an email or call 519-741-2345.

These are examples of, but are not limited to, agencies working with the homeless in Kitchener:

  • Reaching Our Outdoor Friends (ROOF)
  • House of Friendship
  • St. John's Community Kitchen
  • Ray of Hope

Accessibility

We strive to provide a voting process that encourages the participation of persons with a disability and inspires confidence in the municipal election.

Here’s what we’re doing to make the 2022 municipal election accessible:

  • all voting locations are accessible
  • a friend or support person can help a voter who is a person with a disability, ask staff at the voting location
  • accessible vote tabulators will be available at five advance voting locations during the advance vote as well as at one location in every ward on election day

Voting tips

  • peak voting times are when the voting location first opens in the morning and after 5 p.m. (see voting times), consider voting early at an advance voting day
  • anyone can vote at an advance voting day
  • bringing your Voter Notification Card (VNC) and valid ID will speed up the time it takes to vote
  • although the voting ends at 8 p.m. on October 24, if you are in the voting place at that time and have not yet voted, you will be allowed to cast your vote
  • if your name is not on the voters’ list, apply to have it added before voting day to make your voting experience faster