Candidate Information - School Board Elections

School board trustees are the voice for Islanders in decisions about school board operations. As administrator of the upcoming school board trustee elections, Elections PEI will accept nominations for candidates from September 12 until September 23 @ 2:00 p.m.

A candidate must live in the electoral zone they are seeking to represent and must have their nomination supported by ten or more eligible voters also living in the same electoral zone.

Nomination forms will be available from Elections PEI on September 12th

Am I eligible to run as a candidate for school board trustee?

You are eligible to be nominated and run as a candidate for trustee providing you are: 

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years of age on the date of the election;
  • a resident in the electoral zone in which you propose to run for at least six months (Thu April 21, 2022) before the date of the election; and
  • are eligible to vote in the school board election.

CSLF candidates have the additional requirement to be an eligible parent (or would be an eligible parent if the person had a child) as defined by the Education Act as: “a resident of the province who, under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, has the right to have his or her child receive French first language instruction in the province”

Please note: You are not eligible to seek election as a trustee if you are:

  • Currently an employee of the PSB or CSLF;
  • An employee at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning who has a potential conflict of interest;
  • Someone previously disqualified from being a trustee; or
  • A person who was found guilty or convicted of an indictable offense.

What experience would be best suited for the position of trustee?

Experience in the following areas would be considered assets:

  • knowledge of the education system
  • understanding of good business practices
  • policy development experience
  • strategic thinking
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • board governance
  • legal/risk management

What is the length of term for a trustee?

  • Elected trustees serve a three-year term and may seek re-election.
  • Appointed PSB trustees serve a two-year term and may serve two consecutive terms.

When does the term begin?

  • The term for PSB trustees, both newly elected and appointed, is effective January 1, 2023. The term for the current appointed board of directors ends December 2022.
  • CSLF trustees will begin their term immediately following the election on November 1, 2022.

What is the expected time commitment?

The boards usually meet publicly once a month in a school year.

  • Depending on the agenda, a public meeting lasts 1-2 hours plus additional time for travel to and from the meeting.
  • Additional meetings may be scheduled to discuss other items, i.e. Committee of the Whole and subcommittees.

Do trustees receive payment for service?

Trustee remuneration rates are the same for both English and French language school boards.

  • The PSB receives $42,779 to be allocated between the 11 elected/appointed trustees.
  • The CSLF receives $35,000 to be allocated between the nine elected trustees.
  • Trustees are also compensated for travel to and from meetings; which is determined by each board.

Will I be protected by any insurance as a trustee?

Yes - it is standard practice for school boards to obtain ‘board of director’ insurance to protect trustees in the exercise of their duties.

Who do I contact for more information?

For general Inquiries

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Phone: 902-438-4130


For information about the process and forms

Toll-free: 1-888-234-VOTE (8683)
Phone: 902-368-5895


Published date: 
June 7, 2022
Education and Lifelong Learning

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062