Voting as a student

Learn more about voting in the municipal election as a college or university student living in Waterloo.


On this page

  1. Eligibility to vote
  2. Voting at school and home
  3. Register to vote
  4. Change your address
  5. Where and when to vote
  6. Getting time off work to vote
  7. Find your candidates
  8. Voter identification
  9. Running for council

Eligibility to vote

You are eligible to vote in the municipal election if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age

You must also be either:

  • a resident, land owner or tenant in the City of Waterloo
  • the spouse of a resident, land owner or tenant in the City of Waterloo

You must not otherwise be prohibited from voting by law.


Voting at school and home

Students are allowed to vote in two municipalities if you live in Waterloo for educational purposes and your home is in another Ontario municipality.

Your home is the residence you regularly return to when not attending school. This could be a place you live independently or your family home.

If you do not plan to return to the municipality where your home is when you finish your education, you can only vote in Waterloo. 


Register to vote

Voting is easier you are on the voters list. The voters list for the election is compiled by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).

You can check if you are on the voters list, register to vote, or update your information by using MPAC's voter lookup service.


Change your address

As you start your new semester in September, you will be able to change your address on the voters list using our website.

Please check back at that time for more information.


Where and when to vote

Voting Day is Monday, October 24, 2022 between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

If you live on campus you can vote at the Concourse at Wilfrid Laurier University or the Davis Centre at the University of Waterloo.

If you live off campus, you will vote at your voting location based on the ward you live in.

If you live in Kitchener, you will vote there, even if you attend school in Waterloo. Visit the City of Kitchener website for more information.

You will be able to find your voting location on this website closer to October 24. Please check back later for more information.


Getting time off work to vote

On October 24 your employer must provide you with three consecutive hours off work between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., 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.


Find your candidates

You can find a list of the candidates who have filed their nominations.

Check our ward map if you don't know what ward you live in.


Voter identification

In order to vote, you will need to bring one piece of valid identification to your voting location with a name and address matching your information on the voters list.

The identification must be an original or a copy certified by a notary public. You cannot any electronic copies, including photos or videos.

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


Running for council

You are eligible to be mayor or ward councillor if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age

You must also be either:

  • a resident, land owner or tenant in the City of Waterloo
  • the spouse of a resident, land owner or tenant in the City of Waterloo

You must not be:

  • legally prohibited from voting in a municipal election
  • legally disqualified from holding the office of mayor or councillor

Even if you are able to vote in two municipalities, you can only run for office in one of them.

For more information visit our nomination page.

For more information contact our elections office at 519-747-8704, TTY 1-866-786-3941 or elections@waterloo.ca.