Candidate FAQs

How can I get my Candidate Information posted on this website?

You can e-mail information about your candidacy to trusteecandidateinfo@opsba.org. Information will be posted on the site within one week of receipt. If the information that is posted is incorrect or becomes out of date, you may request an update by e‑mailing the amended information to trusteecandidateinfo@opsba.org

Where does the candidate information posted on this site come from?

The information posted on this website is (a) the information available from municipal websites registered at the time candidates filed their nomination paper with the municipal clerk and (b) information candidates have provided directly to the administrator of the website.

What information should I provide about myself for this website?

  • A brief biography/description of your achievements and credentials as a trustee candidate (up to 150 words)
  • Contact information: e-mail, website
  • Photograph (head and shoulders)

What Is A School Board Trustee?

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. As a member of the board their role is to assist the board in fulfilling its duties under Ontario’s Education Act. They must maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being and help make decisions that benefit the whole school board district while representing the interests of their constituents. They must also communicate the views and decisions of the board back to their constituents.

Can Anyone Be A School Board Trustee?

To run for office you must be qualified to vote in a school board election and be a resident of the school board district.

The full list of requirements is:

  • A resident with the jurisdiction of the board;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • Not legally prohibited from voting;
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding board office
  • Roman Catholic (if running for a Catholic school board)
  • A supporter of the board (Supporter refers to your support for one of the publicly funded school systems. A list of supporters for each system is kept by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation {MPAC})

Note: An employee of any school board cannot hold office as a trustee. To run for office they must take a leave of absence before being nominated and must resign if they are elected.

For complete information see: Making a Difference for Kids

Do I have to live in a particular ward or zone to run as the School Board Trustee representing that Ward?

As long as you are a candidate qualified to run for election as a school board trustee, you can seek a nomination for any “ward” in the jurisdiction of the school board. Some school boards are divided into geographical areas, zones or wards and others are considered “at large” and represent the entire jurisdiction.

Do School Board Trustees Get Paid?

School Board Trustees do not receive a salary but are paid an honorarium. The amount varies from school board to school board depending on the board’s student enrolment and the geographic size of the school board. The honorarium includes an amount for attendance at meetings. The chair and vice-chair of the board are entitled to additional amounts for the responsibility of their office. Across Ontario, the honorarium amount ranges from $6,000 to $26,000.

How do I declare I am running for School Board Trustee?

You can get nomination papers from the clerk of your local municipality. They are also available online. You must file your nomination paper, signed with original signatures, in person or designate an agent to file on your behalf. It cannot be faxed, mailed, or e-mailed. Proof of identity and qualifications must be shown and a nomination filing fee ($100 for school trustee) must be paid at the time of filing. You can file your nomination paper at the local office of the municipal clerk until September 12, 2014.

For complete information see: Making a Difference for Kids