Are you interested in serving your community as a Catholic School Trustee? We’ve collected information to help you navigate the process of the next municipal election and shared it on this page! Please note there is a separate process to fill the Trustee Vacancy for Zone 1. More information to follow when available.
What is the role of a Catholic School Trustee?
Catholic School Trustees are elected every four years during the municipal election and are responsible for governance. This means they oversee the school board, including fiscal responsibility, and policy development and implementation. They serve as a link between school communities and Board staff, bringing issues to the attention of School Superintendents. Catholic School Trustees serve as ambassadors for the Board and advocates for Catholic education.
For an overview of a Catholic School Trustee time commitment and appearances (meetings, committees, events and professional development), see our Trustee Candidate Information Sheet.
Make sure you can vote for your Catholic School Trustee in municipal elections!
If you direct support for the “English Separate” school board on your taxes, you can cast your ballot for your local Catholic School Trustee in municipal elections. Visit voterlookup.ca, an online service created by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to check, update or change your voter information.
Who can run for Catholic School Trustee?
To be nominated as a Catholic School Trustee, you need to meet the requirements listed below. You do not need to live within the electoral zone.
- Canadian citizen who is at least 18 years old
- Roman Catholic who supports the board (see How to direct your support for Catholic Education)
- Qualified municipal elector who lives within the jurisdiction of the Ottawa Catholic School Board
- Not legally prohibited from voting and not disqualified by any legislation from holding school board office
Important dates for Ottawa Municipal Election
Catholic School Trustees are elected during the Ottawa municipal elections. The next election will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022. Here are some important dates to mark down if you’re considering running as a candidate for Catholic School Trustee:
|May 2, 2022||First day to submit nomination papers to the election office for Catholic School Trustee.|
|August 19, 2022||Last day (you have until 2:00 pm) to submit nomination papers to the election office for Catholic School Trustee.|
|October 24, 2022||Ottawa Municipal Election Voting Day.|
See more important dates for 2022 Municipal Elections (City of Ottawa website).
Resources for Catholic School Trustee Candidates
- Ottawa Catholic School Trustee Candidate Information Sheet
- Ottawa Municipal Election Information (City of Ottawa)
- Becoming a Catholic School Trustee (Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association)