Elections

Municipal elections in Ontario are held every four years on the fourth Monday of October.  The next municipal election will be held Monday, October 24, 2022. The last municipal election was held on October 22, 2018. For Regional offices, residents are asked to vote for one or more Regional Councillors in the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and for the Regional Chair. The Region's four townships are represented by their respective mayors. 

Who can vote?
  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • At least 18 years of age; and
  • An owner or tenant of land in the Region of Waterloo; or
  • A spouse of a resident, owner, or tenant of land in the Region of Waterloo; and
  • Not prohibited from voting under any law.
  • Visit Voterlookup.ca to see if you are on the voter's list. 
  • For further information please consult the Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Who cannot vote?
  • Serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution; or
  • A corporation; or
  • Acting as executor or trustee or in another representative capacity, except as a voting proxy; or
  • Convicted of a corrupt practice described in Section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
Post-secondary students
Section 2(2.1) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, permits post-secondary students to vote in both the Region of Waterloo municipal election and the municipal election conducted in their "home" municipality, provided they are residing in the Region of Waterloo to attend a post-secondary institution and intend to return to their "home" municipality at the conclusion of their studies.
Nomination Process
 

The nomination period for 2022 opens on Monday, May 2, 2022 and ends Friday, August 19, 2022 at 2 p.m. 

All individuals wishing to register as a candidate for the 2022 election must file their nomination papers within this timeframe. Please visit our Nomination Process page for more information. 

Read about the rules guiding the 2022 municipal council and school board elections.

The prescribed nomination forms which includes the requirement for 25 supporting signatures are available on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website

Registered third parties are a requirement in the 2022 municipal election.  Third parties are required to register with the  clerk of the local municipality in which the campaign will run. Third party campaigns related to the office of the Regional Chair must be registered in each of the local municipalities. For further information please consult the Ministry of Municipal Affairs

If an eligible elector believes, on reasonable grounds, a candidate has contravened the rules of the Municipal Elections Act relating to election campaign finances, he or she can request a compliance audit of the candidate's finances. Additional information and/or requests for a compliance audit will be made available in Fall 2022.

The Sign by-law was amended in 2021 to prohibit the placing of election signs on Regional Roads. 

For more information, please contact the clerk's office.

For information regarding elections for Mayor, City or Township Councillors, and School Board Trustees, or to verify if you are eligible to vote and where you can vote, please contact your area municipality:

If this website does not answer your questions about the election process, please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website, or contact the ministry at 1-800-265-4736.

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