School board elections are held every four years in Ontario, at the same time as municipal elections. The most recent school board elections were held on October 27, 2014, and the next school board elections will take place in 2018.
School board trustees
The election of school board trustees is governed by the Education Act and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
School board trustees:
- Are school board members;
- Are local officials, elected for four years, by members of the public during school board elections;
- Are advocates for the community on education issues;
- Help the school board to discharge its duties under the Education Act.
School board trustees must:
- Ensure the success and well-being of every student;
- Help to make decisions that benefit the entire board, while representing the interests of the people who elected them;
- Communicate the school board’s points of view and decisions to their electorate.
Running for office
In order to run for office as a school board trustee, you must:
- Live in the school board’s district;
- Have the right to vote in a school board election;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Be a Canadian citizen;
- Be qualified to elect school board trustees (e.g., be a French-language Charter rights holder);
- Submit your application to the office of the clerk of your municipality by 2:00 pm on September 12.
To learn more
Tout est entre vos mains – Élections municipales et scolaires de 2014 en Ontario. Le site Web des associations des conseils scolaires, une formidable source d’information.
Le Guide 2014 des élections municipales et scolaires en Ontario à l’intention des candidates et candidats du ministère des Affaires municipales et du Logement