The Toronto District School Board is committed to providing an equitable experience for all of the Student Trustee candidates. Should you have a concern related to your ability to participate in the Student Trustee Elections due to access to technology, please contact either Leslie Fox at email@example.com or at 416-395-3903, or Alison MacLachlan at Alison.Maclachlan@tdsb.on.ca.
Each year, two Student Trustees are elected to sit on the Board of Trustees to represent the voice of approximately 240,000 students in the Toronto District School Board. Student Trustees attend board and committee meetings and act as a link to students, the Board and school communities. They sit on the Student Senate and work closely with the Student Senate members and school communities to empower and promote student voice and engagement across the district.
Students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible to apply for the position of Student Trustee and are emailed the necessary information to apply. Please note that all applicants are screened through a process led by the Executive Superintendent responsible for Student Trustees.
This year, the TDSB Student Trustees Election will take place on April 28, 2022.
Below you will find important information about this process, which will also be communicated via email and social media:
- February 22, 2022 – Election Process opens Application Form available
- February 24, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. – Student Trustees Election Information Meeting for all interested students in Grades 10 or 11
- March 3, 2022 – Application Deadline
- April 25 to 28, 2022 – Election Campaigning Period
- April 28, 2022 – Election Day All students in Grades 6-11 are eligible to vote for two Student Trustees through an online voting process
For students currently in Grades 10-11 who are interested in applying for the position of Student Trustee, there are three (3) steps to the Election shortlisting process. In each step, students are shortlisted to become the official candidates to run for election.
- Student Trustee Application Form submission that includes an outline of the applicant’s leadership skills and intent and two (2) references: A Principal/Vice Principal or Teacher ; Applicants are evaluated on their responses and references based on their ability to demonstrate with specific examples, the skills and qualities they bring to the role of Student Trustee related to student leadership, voice and advocacy
- Applicants who are shortlisted from above are required to submit a short 500 word essay that outlines the experiences that demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to ensuring practices of Equity, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism are present in their school/community. How as a Student Trustee will they lead with an Equity lens?
- Applicants who are successful from the essay round will be invited to participate in an Interview with Staff Advisors chaired by the Executive Superintendent
- Applicants who are successful in Step III will participate as official candidates for election
Official Candidates will:
- participate in a Candidates’ Information Meeting to go over the guidelines and rules of the Campaigning process.
- submit an email indicating their understanding and intent to adhere to all the guidelines and rules of the Election process.
- submit a speech/video (30 seconds maximum). The video will be posted on the Student Trustee Candidates’ webpage and can be used for campaigning by Candidates on social media.
- be involved in online and in-person campaigning. Online campaigning is to take place on TDSB approved social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and the Student Trustee Candidates’ webpage .
- The 2 candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected as Student Trustees
- All candidates (both successful and unsuccessful) will receive an email notifying them of their results
Please note that the TDSB Indigenous Student Trustee is selected by the Elders’ Council.
As always, we continue to support our student leaders at the Toronto District School Board in this important Process.