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Council for the Day

City of WaterlooCouncil for the DayCouncil for the day group photo, 2015

The Council for the Day contest is open to all Grade 5 students in Waterloo. Eight (8) winners are chosen based on their ideas for making Waterloo an even better place to live. One of the winners is named mayor of Waterloo for the day and introduces Mayor Jaworsky at his State of the City. The other seven students serve as councillors.

All eight winners:

  • Attend Mayor Jaworsky's State of the City
  • Enjoy lunch with Mayor Jaworsky
  • Tour different city facilities
  • Conduct media interviews
  • And much more!

Submit your application today!

We are now accepting applications! Please print the contest entry form and include it with your submission. 

Contest guidelines:

  • The contest is open to all Grade 5 students in Waterloo
  • Entries must answer the question: What is your one idea to make Waterloo an even better place to live?
  • Entries must include a complete contest entry form.
  • The format is open. Students can submit a video, letter, song or poem.
  • Participants must submit entries to the City of Waterloo by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017.
  • Entries can be emailed to Jenny Smith or delivered to:

Waterloo City Hall
Mayor's office
City of Waterloo
100 Regina St. S.
PO Box 337, Station Waterloo
Waterloo, Ont., N2J 4A8

  • The winners will be notified by Friday, March 24, 2017. Contest entries will not be returned and will become the property of the City of Waterloo. 

2016 Council for the Day contest winners

The 2016 Council for the Day contest winners were:

  • Mayor Zoe St. Germain, from Ecole Mere Elisabeth Bruyere 
  • Councillor Leya Oommen, from K-W Bilingual School
  • Councillor Zekhari Bauer, from Abraham Erb Public School
  • Councillor Leah MacMillan, from Northlake Woods Public School
  • Councillor Miles Solomon, from St. Luke's Catholic School
  • Councillor Alexandra Kirkup, from St. Agnes Catholic School
  • Councillor Olivia de Koning, from Keatsway Public School
  • Councillor Vansh Vasavada, from Empire Public School

Their winning ideas included:

  • Designating Friday, June 24 Waterloo Exercise Day
  • Organizing activities that will help to make awesome and lasting friendships for kids from our Syrian families
  • Building a mobile app called What's Up Waterloo
  • Planning a Bike Day at Laurel Creek
  • Building shelter tubes for the homeless so they are protected
  • Encouraging more students to launch start-up businesses
  • Creating a group of ambassadors for newcomers to Waterloo
  • Making extra-curricular activities for accessible for young students


2016 photo gallery

Photo Gallery: 2015 Council for the Day will appear here on the public site.