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. Where and when to vote
  5. Voter identification
  6. Find your candidates
  7. Getting time off work to vote

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. 

If you can't visit both Waterloo and your home municipality on Voting Day, you can check with your home municipality to see if they have any alternative voting methods, like advance votes, voting by mail, or Internet voting.


Register to vote or update your information

Voting is easier you are on the voters list. The voters list for the election is compiled by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and provided to the City of Waterloo.

You can check if you are on the voters list, register to vote, or update your information by using our online voter registration form.


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 Student Life Centre at the University of Waterloo.

If you live off campus, enter your address below to find out where to vote:

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.


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 use 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.


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.


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.

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