Legal Requirements

Legal Requirements

Legal considerations for candidates

Please note these are general guidelines only, and not a guarantee of your eligibility. Consult the most current version of the Local Authorities Election Act and the School Act online.

Am I eligible to run for school board trustee?

Regardless of the school division or regional authority you want to represent, there are some basic requirements you must meet. You must:

be at least 18 years old;
be a Canadian citizen;
have lived in Alberta for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and you live within the boundaries of the jurisdiction in which you wish to run.

September 18, 2017 is nomination day in Alberta.

Depending on the school jurisdiction – public, separate or francophone – there may be additional eligibility requirements you must meet.

In public school jurisdictions, you must:

be eligible to vote in the election;
have lived in the local jurisdiction and the ward, ifor at least six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day

Who is not eligible to run for school board trustee?

You are not eligible to run if, on nomination day, you:

are an employee of any school district, school division, charter school or private school as of nomination day – unless you take an unpaid leave of absence to run before the last working day prior to nomination day;
are an auditor of the jurisdiction in which you want to be a candidate;
do not meet the residency requirement for the jurisdiction in which you want to run;
are otherwise ineligible or disqualified as outlined under section 22 of the Local Authorities Election Act.

See sections 22, 23 and 24 of the Local Authorities Election Act for more details.

Who is eligible to vote?

You are eligible to vote in a public or separate school division or district election if, on election day, you:

are at least 18 years old;
are a Canadian citizen;
have lived in Alberta for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding election day;
live within the boundaries of the local jurisdiction on election day.

You are eligible to vote in a francophone regional authority if, on election day, you:

are at least 18 years old;
are a Canadian citizen;
are Francophone;
have lived in Alberta for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding election day;
have a child enrolled in a school operated by the francophone regional authority.

*A person who is eligible to vote in an election for a board other than a regional authority and in an election for a regional authority may exercise the right to vote in both elections.

Submitting nomination papers

Nomination Day is Monday, September 18, 2017 and nomination papers must be dropped off between 10 am and 12 noon on Nomination Day. Please check back to this page to view locations where you can hand in Nomination Papers other than PRSD's Central Office. 

When do candidates file their nomination papers?

Typically, the returning officer for each local school jurisdiction receives nominations from prospective candidates between 10 a.m. and noon on nomination day. Generally across Alberta this year, nomination day is Monday, September 18, 2017.

How many signatures do I need?

Five signatures are required. 

Who can sign my nomination papers?

Each person who signs a candidate’s nomination papers must be eligible to vote in the election for the office for which the candidate is running. They must be residents of the local jurisdiction on the day they sign the nomination form. Where there are wards, only electors who are residents of the ward for which a candidate is being nominated may sign the nomination form.

 

Conflict of interest

Trustees may not participate in making decisions in which their economic self-interest may be in conflict with their public duty. The economic or pecuniary interest of a trustee’s spouse or adult interdependent partner is deemed to be the economic interest of the trustee. See sections 80 to 91 of the School Act for more information on:

the types of pecuniary interest;
the steps a trustee who is in conflict must follow;
the disqualification of a trustee;
the consequence of refusing to resign upon being disqualified as required under the School Act.