School board elections are a great opportunity for Manitobans to get involved in public education - by voting for your local trustee or by running as a candidate. This section provides information for both candidates and school boards. This material has been prepared as a guide; candidates are encouraged to review the relevant legislation for complete information.
Running for School Trustee
You can find out more about the role of a school trustee by talking to a current or past board member, by attending a school board meeting or by visiting your school division's website. The primary role of a school board is the determination of policy or the laws under which a division or district operates. Click here to view board policy manuals.
You can learn more about the nomination and election process in the association's guide, School Boards and Trusteeship in Manitoba or by reviewing the relevant sections of provincial legislation governing school board elections (see sidebar).
For information about running for office in your division or district, contact your school division office. Candidates running for trustee on boards within the cities of Winnipeg and Brandon will find additional information on those cities’ websites.
Building Capacity for the Future
This mentorship program is offered to serve candidates from diverse and underrepresented communities. It provides candidates from Aboriginal and Indigenous communities, newcomer and visible minority communities, and persons in need of accessibility, the opportunity to receive specialized training in:
- the role of the trustee and the responsibilities of a school board,
- how to navigate procedural requirements to become a candidate,
- tips and strategies for establishing and funding an election campaign, and
- campaign communications platforms.
Mentors are long serving trustees outside your own division and are ready to provide hands-on advice and counsel. If you are interested in connecting with one, please email Andrea Kehler to set up an appointment.
This program complements MSBA’s traditional public information sessions which are open to all candidates regardless of background, prior to the elections. Two information webinars for prospective candidates were held in May. If you were not able to participate in the live webinars at the time of recording, each video is available on demand (see links below).
- Prospective Candidates Webinar Series:
- Recording of Candidate Information Session - September 13 (virtual)
- September 14 - Nomination Period Opens
- September 20 - Nomination Period Closes
- October 26 - Election Day