Since 1998, every school board in Ontario has had student trustees by law. Each district is mandated to include one to three students.

Student trustees in Ontario:

  • Can share input, raise issues and discuss topics just like any trustee, influencing policy decisions, etc.
  • Do not have a vote
  • Is intended to bring the student voice to the board table
  • Is intended to help to ensure the school board is acting in the best interest of the students
  • Can attend every in-camera meeting except those related to personnel.

Some school boards in Ontario also have a student council made up of student representatives from each high school that advises the student trustee.


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Published by Adam F. C. Fletcher

Adam is the founding director of SoundOut. An author, speaker and consultant, he has worked with K-12 schools, districts, nonprofits and others for more than 15 years. Learn more about him at

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