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School Board Trustee Elections


Elections for Alberta school trustees are held at the same time as local government elections. Catholic school trustees are elected by Catholic school taxpayers and serve a four-year term. Edmonton’s municipal election will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021.

Important Dates:

  • Nomination period: January 4 to September 20, 2021
  • Election day: Monday, October 18, 2021

Visit Edmonton Elections for more details.

Who are Trustees and why are they important?

As locally-elected representatives of the public, individual trustees are accountable to their constituents and responsible for overseeing and directing the school division’s operations.  Trustees form the governing body of the School Board and play a vital role as communicators, policy makers, role models and politicians.  A trustee participates in making decisions that benefit the entire Division while representing the views of their constituents and communicates board decisions back to their constituents. 

Catholic school trustees also play an integral role as advocates for Catholic education by ensuring students receive an education permeated by our Catholic faith. As governors of an Alberta Catholic school division, our Board of Trustees is accountable to both the Archbishop of Edmonton and the Minister of Education.

What is the role of a Catholic school trustee?

  • Trustees act to defend and advocate for government policy, legislation and funding that protects the distinctive nature of Catholic education.
  • Trustees build significant partnerships within and beyond the Catholic community in support of Catholic education.
Goal Setter: 

The Board of Trustees has the responsibility to:

  • approve the Division’s Plan for Continuous Growth;
  • approve the Division’s annual budget;
  • approved the Division’s Capital Plan;
  • support our Division’s mission and vision; and
  • appoint, hold accountable, and support the Chief Superintendent.
Policy Maker: 
  • Trustees develop and maintain policies, regularly evaluate the impact and effectiveness of these policies, and make adjustments where necessary.
Role Model:
  • Trustees maintain a positive image locally, provincially and nationally.

Who can become a Catholic school trustee candidate?

To register as a candidate in the 2021 Edmonton general election, you must be eligible to vote. This means you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • A resident of Edmonton for the six consecutive months immediately before Nomination Day (September 20, 2021)

Candidates seeking trusteeship for our Division must also be Catholic.

Candidates may not be an employee, in any capacity, of Edmonton Catholic Schools unless they take a leave of absence.  

There may be other reasons an individual is ineligible to register as a candidate. You can find detailed information in sections 21-24 of the Local Authorities Election Act.

If you wish to register as an Edmonton Catholic Separate School Division trustee candidate, you are encouraged to review sections 4(4) and 74 of the Education Act.


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