School board elections to be held on November 1

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Photo: Jacques Trempe


 

The former Anglican Bishop Mountain School in Sillery, Quebec, built in the middle of the 19th century, is now the administrative centre of the Central Québec School Board. (Photo courtesy of Jacques Trempe)

On Sept. 22, Élections Québec announced that voters in the jurisdictions of the nine English-language school boards in Quebec will be able to elect the people who will sit on the council of commissioners of their school board. Across Quebec, nearly 295,000 people will be called to the polls to elect 95 commissioners and nine board chairs.

The election period began on Sept. 18 and will last 44 days. The nomination period began on Sept. 22 and ran until Sept. 27.

Who can vote in these elections?

Only people registered on the electoral list of an English-speaking school board can vote in these elections. This is generally the case for parents whose child has been admitted to an English-language school board. Parents whose children are admitted to a French-language school service centre cannot vote in these elections.

A person who has the right to vote and who has no child admitted to the English-language school board or to the French-language school service centre serving the area where he or she lives may apply to be entered on the electoral list of the board of the English-language school.

Specific measures related to the pandemic

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health guidelines must be followed when holding elections. In addition, a health protocol aimed at reducing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 during school board elections is being prepared.

Data on school elections

• The last general school board elections were held on Nov. 2, 2014. The participation rate in English school boards was 16.88 per cent.

• The commissioners are elected by the voters of the constituency in which they run. The chair of the school board is elected by all the voters of the school board.

• For the purposes of the election of commissioners, the territory of each English-language school board is divided into eight to 12 constituencies, according to the number of voters.

About Élections Québec

Élections Québec is a neutral and independent institution whose mission is to ensure the integrity, transparency and reliability of elections and to promote Quebec's democratic values.

During school elections, Élections Québec offers an advisory service to the chairs of elections of English-language school boards, who are responsible for organizing the elections in their territory. It also ensures the control of political financing and electoral expenses of the candidates for these elections. In addition, it has the mandate to investigate and prosecute cases of non-compliance with the law.

The Central Québec School Board (CQSB) oversees a total of 18 educational facilities, including four elementary schools, two high schools and an adult education centre in the Quebec City area. The others are located in Chibougamau, Jonquière, Kawawachikamach, La Tuque, Portneuf, Shannon, Shawinigan, Thetford Mines, Trois-Rivières and Valcartier.

If you wish to obtain additional information about the upcoming school board elections, you can contact the CQSB returning officer at [email protected], call 418-688-8730, ext. 3210, or visit cqsb.qc.ca/en/elections2020.