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2018 Municipal Election

The next municipal election is on Monday Oct. 22, 2018. Those wanting to run in the election can file nomination papers from May 1, 2018, to July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Who can be a Catholic School Trustee?

To be eligible for election to a four-year term as a Catholic school trustee, you must be:

  • a Roman Catholic
  • a Catholic school supporter
  • a resident within the jurisdiction of the district Catholic school board
  • a Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age

As members of the Catholic community, Catholic trustees share in the joy of providing an education that addresses the spiritual, moral, academic and physical needs of our young people. Trustees are encouraged by the knowledge that the contribution of their skills, experience and time is an investment in the future leadership of our communities, our Catholic schools, our country and our Church. 

Roles and Duties of the Elected Board of Trustees

  • To act as stewards of Catholic Education by ensuring that:
    • gospel values are embedded in all policies and practices
    • provincial curriculum is taught by Catholic teachers from
    • a uniquely Catholic perspective and support is provided for faith formation of students and staff
  • active collaboration is undertaken with our Catholic community to strengthen the Home/School/Parish relationship
  • To develop a shared vision and multi-year strategic plan promoting student achievement and attainment of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations;
  • To function collectively as a corporate board _ as a whole, they are a decision making authority;
  • To develop, maintain, monitor and evaluate policies and organizational structures that support and promote the system goals of quality learning by all, building communities of faith, and operating safe and caring schools;
  • To hire and evaluate the Director of Education, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the system (i.e. implementation of approved Board policies, plans and strategies);
  • To fulfill their fiduciary role, trustees provide effective and accountable stewardship of the Board’s fiscal resources;
  • To ensure there is a process in place to allow individual trustees to bring forward their community’s perspective prior to a corporate board decision.

For more information, please visit:

Government of Ontario website regarding municipal elections:

City of Brantford website:

County of Brant website:

Haldimand County website:

Norfolk County website:

OESC (Ontario Education Services Corporation) Election Website:


The following resources are designed to assist candidates and potential candidates for the office of Catholic school trustee:

Good Governance for School Boards: Trustee Professional Development Program (full Guide)

Making A Difference For Kids - Guide for Candidates and Communities

Becoming a Catholic School Trustee: A Call to Service and Stewardship and Service in Christ

A Call to Service: Catholic Trustees - Advocates, Guardians and Stewards of Catholic Education

A Candidates Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections 2018

Candidate Profiles

The Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC), on behalf of the 4 school board/trustee associations and CODE, is launching a dedicated website for school board elections. The website will include trustee and candidate information for school boards across the province. 

All candidates are welcome to submit their profiles to Please include your name, school board and ward. You may also include a photo, a brief biography, your email address and website address with your profile.