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Trustee Elections Information

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School Board Trustees — Who are they? Why are they important?

School board trustees are the members of the district school board. They are locally-elected representatives of the public, and they are the community's advocate for public education. They are required to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the Education Act.

A trustee's role is to maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being and to participate in making decisions that benefit the entire board district while representing the interests of his or her constituents. Trustees must also communicate the views and decisions of the board back to their constituents.

This is not as simple as it sounds. Because Ontario is large and diverse, the job of school board trustee varies widely. A trustee is responsible for identifying the needs and priorities of their community and for ensuring these are considered in the decisions that result in practical educational opportunities for students. In doing so, trustees must mediate among conflicting interests and values. A trustee must do this in collaboration with the other members of the school board by developing policies that work for all students, and ensuring they are implemented effectively. Whether it is consulting with communities on how the board will provide French Immersion programs or offer before and after school programs or name a new school, it is the local trustee who makes sure that the community has a direct way to express its views on vital education decisions that affect our day-to-day lives. School trustees play an indispensable role in preserving our democratic heritage.

If you have specific questions relating to nomination papers, eligibility and filing please contact your Municipality (list of Trustee Wards, Municipalities and Website links document below and under Downloads section).


2018 Municipal Election Key Dates:

  • On or after May 1, 2018: Nomination and Campaign Period Begins
  • July 27, 2018 (4th Friday in July) - 9 am to 2 pm: Nomination Day (Last Day to be Nominated)
  • July 27, 2018 (before 2 pm) - Final Day for Withdrawal of Nominations
  • October 22, 2018 - Voting Day
  • December 1, 2018 - School Board Term Begins
  • December 31, 2018 - Campaign Period Ends
  • March 29, 2019 (last Friday in March following election) - Financial Filing Deadline
  • November 30, 2022 - School Board Term Ends

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Municipal Election Website

In addition, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) staff are working with partners on a centralized website for Municipal Election information and resources. This site will be separate from www.opsba.org and be a central place to collect municipal nomination information and election night results. We hope to see that up and running by Summer 2014. For current information, including links to Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's Elections Guide and key dates for the election period, visit http://ow.ly/rmQ3K.

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