NL Federation of School Councils

NLFSC strongly encourages our school councils members to consider running for a Trustee position

Your voice is important and can help shape Newfoundland and Labradors education system.

School bOard Elections 2016

General Info

On November 22, Newfoundland and Labradors English School District (NLESD) and le Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (CSFP) will hold concurrent elections, where local trustees will be selected to represent school communities on matters relating to education and the provinces school system.

This will be the first election for the NLESD since 2009 and the first election to use direct voting for CSFP.

What is a Trustee?

School board trustees are members of a school board. They are elected to serve until the next general election to represent the public and serve their school community.

Becoming a trustee allows you to play a key role in Newfoundland and Labradors education system. Through your role as a trustee, you will have a direct impact on the school community and contribute to important school board decisions and processes, while gaining experience and working with various education stakeholders and people who share your interest in strengthening the provinces school systems.

A trustee has a very important and valuable role, acting on behalf of the public and a school board. Below are just some of the responsibilities of a board trustee:


Trustees set policy direction and oversee its development and implementation by the school board


Trustees establish long-term goals to improve Newfoundland and Labradors education system


Trustees promote greater accountability to the province and community


Trustees promote and work towards continuous improvement of the school boards


Trustees consult with community members and advocate for the best interests of parents, students,

and the community-at-large

A school board trustee acts as the communitys advocate for education and works to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the Schools Act, 1997 (

How to become a Trustee

To qualify to become a trustee one must be qualified to vote in that trustee zone. Individuals must be nominated by two people within their zone, who are also qualified voters.

Le Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (CSFP) at-large candidates can be from any zone, as can the two people who nominate them.

Nomination papers must be submitted to the Returning Officer during the open nomination period of October 24th and October 28th, 2016.

As these dates approach, submission details will be announced. Please visit the English School District website for more up-to-date information as it becomes available.

Acclamation: When the exact number required in a zone are nominated, then the nominee(s) will be named the trustees. Otherwise the trustee will be determined on Election Day through a standard voting process.

Ineligible nominees for a trustee include employees of the school board and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (without ministerial approval). Individuals can only run for one position and one board.

Who Can Vote?

To vote in the Newfoundland and Labrador school board elections, one must be:

over 18 years of age;
a Canadian citizen; and
ordinarily resident in the province on the day of the election
A person is entitled to vote in only one zone established by a board the zone in which the zone is ordinarily resident. Note: ordinarily resident as defined in s. 26 Elections Act, 1991.

In addition to the above qualifications, a person is qualified to vote in le Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador School (CSFP) board elections if:

his or her first language learned and still understood is French;
he or she received his or her primary school instruction in Canada in a French first language program; or
he or she is a parent of a child who is receiving or has received primary or secondary school instruction in a French first language school in Canada
In order to vote in the CSFP School Board Election a person must, on Election Day, confirm in writing that he or she meets one of the three criteria above.

Where a person is qualified to vote in an election of trustees to both the NLESD and the CSFP, he or she may vote in both elections.