School Board Election

Caledon Votes

School board elections are held at the same time as municipal elections. You are eligible to vote in the election for a school board if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • Canadian citizen 
  • at least 18 years of age
  • you qualify to vote for that particular school board; school boards can cover large geographic areas that may include several municipalities

School boards are responsible for establishing the geographic areas within the board that one or more trustee positions will be elected to represent.

If you are a resident elector in a municipality, you are eligible to vote for the school trustee(s) that represents the geographic area of the board where you live.

Voting in more than one school board election 

You may be eligible to vote in other school board elections in addition to the one where you live. For example, if you (or your spouse) own or rent residential property in a municipality that is different than where you live, you are eligible to vote for a school trustee in this municipality if the trustee sits on a different school board.

Your property must be residential in order for you to qualify to vote.

Choosing a school board

There are four different kinds of school boards in Ontario:

  1. English-language public school board
  2. English-language separate school board
  3. French-language public school board
  4. French-language separate school board

No matter which school your children go to, you are automatically eligible to vote for the English-language public school board unless you take steps to change your school support.

If you want to vote for an English-language separate school board you must meet both of the following requirements:

  1. you must be a Roman Catholic, and
  2. you or your spouse must be an English-language separate school board supporter.

If you want to vote for a French-language public school board you must meet both of the following requirements:

  1. you must be a French-language rights holder, and
  2. you or your spouse must be a French-language public school board supporter.

If you want to vote for a French-language separate school board you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. you must be a Roman Catholic,
  2. you must be a French-language rights holder, and
  3. you or your spouse must be a French-language separate school board supporter.

French-language rights holder is defined in the Education Act and refers to the right of citizens whose first language is French to receive educational instruction in French.

More information about French-language education is available from the Ministry of Education. 

Changing School Support

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) keeps the provincial record of school support. If you want to change your school support you must contact MPAC. Information about how to change your school support can be found at VoterLookup.ca.