Ontario could be getting 15 new federal ridings, including one in Waterloo Region, thanks to population changes.

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario says public hearings will be held this fall on the proposed new electoral map.

One of the proposed new ridings would take in parts of south Kitchener, North Dumfries and Brant County.  

Commission Chairperson, Justice George Vallin tells 570 News the changes reflect growing populations in the proposed new ridings.

He says Kitchener-Conestoga has a population of almost 131,000 people, up from over 96,000 ten years ago.  Over the same period, Kitchener-Waterloo has grown from 113,800 to 130,000.

The goal of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act is to divide the province into electoral districts as close to the average population as reasonably possible.