How and Where Kitchener - Waterloo residents can vote in the upcoming municipal election

By: Kw Now Local News
| Published 10/06/2022

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How to vote in this municipal election

'In Kitchener they've made voting more convenient on election day and in advance – you can vote at many/any voting locations in your ward.'

Kitchener - Waterloo, Ontario - 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.

Kitchener Votes

Watch our video to learn more about how to vote, and why your vote matters.

You can vote in the municipal election in Kitchener 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 at least 18 years old

· are not prohibited from voting by law

On election day, polls will be open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We've sent out Voter Notification Cards or Voter Information Letters to registered voters to make the voting process easier. Haven't received your letter? You can still vote. Just make sure to bring a piece of ID that lists your name and address to your voting location.

We've made voting more convenient on election day – you can vote at any voting location in your ward! Find where to vote here. (Each Ward helpfully listed with voting locations)

Have a scheduling conflict or are otherwise unavailable on that day? You can vote before election day on:

· Wednesday, October 12, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

· Thursday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

· Friday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

· Saturday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On an advance voting day, you can vote at any of these locations:

· Breithaupt Centre, 350 Margaret Avenue

· Country Hills Community Centre, 100 Rittenhouse Road

· Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre, 150 Pioneer Drive

· Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queen's Boulevard

· Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin Street North

Are you unable to make it in person to vote on an advance voting day or election day? You can designate someone to vote on your behalf with proxy voting. Learn more at Kitchener.ca/proxy.

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. Special voting days are also being arranged at:

· A Better Tent City

· St. John's Community Kitchen

· Ray of Hope

For information about the candidates, you can vote for or to learn more about the election, visit kitchener.ca/election.

Waterloo Votes

Find your voting place

Waterloo is not as flexible as Kitchener. To find your voting place, follow this LINK and scroll down to where it says Am I On The List? You must then enter your address info and select Lookup.

You can also vote at any of the following locations on Voting Day no matter where you live in Waterloo:

  • Waterloo City Centre
  • Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
  • John M. Harper Library
  • RIM Park
  • University of Waterloo – Student Life Centre
  • Wilfrid Laurier University - Concourse

If you are a student living on campus at Wilfrid Laurier University or University of Waterloo, you should vote at the Concourse or the Student Life Centre.

Advance votes

If you want to vote in person before October 24, you can go to one of our advance polls listed below.

Date Time Location
October 8 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
October 11 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Waterloo City Centre
October 12 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Waterloo City Centre
October 13 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Waterloo City Centre
October 14 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Waterloo City Centre
October 14 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Albert McCormick Community Centre
October 15 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
October 16 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. RIM Park




Voter identification

To vote you need to bring one piece of valid identification to your voting location. The name and address must match your information on the voters list.

If you do not have valid identification or if it does not have the right address, you can sign a legal declaration at your voting place confirming you are eligible to vote in Waterloo.

Leaving work to vote

Your employer must provide you with three consecutive hours off work between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on voting day, if your scheduled work hours would not otherwise provide you this time.

Your employer may choose when they provide you this time. They may not deduct from your pay or impose any other penalty for taking this time to vote.