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Would you like to be a candidate in the school elections?

Every person who is entitled to have his or her name entered on the list of electors of the school board for which he or she intends to stand, and who, on polling day, has been domiciled in the territory of the school board concerned for six months or more, may be a candidate in the school elections of November 16, 2003.

You are entitled to have your name entered on the list of electors if, polling day:

  You are 18 years of age and over
  You are a Canadian citizen
  You are domiciled in the territory of the school board in question, and have been domiciled for at least six months in Quebec
  You are not deprived of your right to vote

How do you become a candidate?

You must first obtain a nomination paper from the returning officer of your school board and provide the information requested. You must also obtain the signature of at least ten electors from the electoral division in which you would like to be a candidate. The nomination paper must be delivered to the office of your returning officer between the 33rd and the 28th day preceding polling day. One piece of identification will be required.

Do you plan to incur expenses, collect contributions or take out loans to promote your candidacy?

To ensure that the electoral system is equitable and transparent, rules have been established to govern the financing of candidates and the control of election expenses during school elections. You must therefore obtain an authorization to solicit contributions, incur expenses or contract loans.

You must apply for authorization from the returning officer, who will ask you to complete the required form and will inform you of the legal requirements regarding the financing of candidates. As an authorized candidate you must file, within the prescibed time, a financial report and a statement of election expenses after the election is held. The report and the statement must be delivered to the general directorate of the school board and are accessible to the public.

If you are elected or obtain 15% or more of the votes, part of your election expenses may be reimbursed on certain conditions. The general directorate of the school board will determine the amount as per the government's regulation to which you are entitled after examining your return of election expenses.

More about electoral expenses>>

Electoral Teams

The Act respecting school elections does not permit the establishment of political parties. However, candidates who have common interests may be grouped into teams recognized by the returning officer. Any team which undetakes to present candidates for at least one-third of the seats open for election may apply for recognition. A written application for recognition must be submitted to the returning officer within the prescribed timeline.

How will the election take place?

If you are the only candidate for your electoral division on the 28th day (October 19, 2003 at 5 p.m.) preceding the polling day, the returning officer will declare you elected by acclamation. If other candidates run for the office of commissioner, an election will be held. On polling day, you must obtain the majority of the votes to be declared elected. You will then be sworm in as a commissioner.

What is the role of a commissioner?

A commissioner is elected by the electors of his electoral division for a term of four years. A commissioner plays a leading role in the community and is mandated to:

ensure that children obtain high-quality educational services;

adopt policies that take into account the needs and aspirations of the community;

establish human, physical and financial resources that are indispensable to efficient school operations; and
represent the community to governement agencies

Do you need additional information?

  Contact the Chief Electoral Officer's Information Centre at: 1 888 ELECTION ( 1 888 353-2846)

Contact the school board returning officer by phone at 450 621-5600 ext. 1369 or 1 800 665-1662 or by E-mail at

  Consult the Directeur général des élections du Québec Web site at
  Consult the SWLSB Web site regularly for updates


Click here for details about the electoral wards.