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Commissioner's Role

School commissioners play a key role. Elected by the citizens, they determine the orientations of the school board, taking into consideration the interests of the students, parents and electors of their community.

Since the school board is an autonomous local government, the commissioners, who together make up the council of commissioners, exercise responsibilities comparable to those of municipal councillors.

Since 2014, the chairs of school boards are elected by universal suffrage, meaning that the electors choose the person who will chair their local school board.

The commissioner decides on the following matters:

  • the orientations and priorities of the school board;
  • educational and administrative policies;
  • the school board's strategic plan;
  • the use of schools and training centres under the school board's jurisdiction;
  • the equitable distribution of human, material and financial resources among the schools and training centres;
  • the school transportation policy (including fees and walking distances);
  • summer courses offered and related fees;
  • awarding of professional service contracts (eg. in architecture or engineering) or hygiene and sanitation service contracts;
  • the budget orientations and expenses to be authorized;
  • the Policy on School Daycare Services;
  • affiliation with national or international organizations (e.g. International Baccalaureate) or withdrawal from these organizations;
  • fees for renting out rooms or space to municipal or community organizations;
  • social projects to prevent students from dropping out or to eliminate violence and bullying.

Become a Commissoner

Every person who is entitled to have his or her name entered on the list of electors and who, on polling day, has been domiciled on ESSB territory for at least six months may be elected as a Commissioner. Notice will be given prior to the next elections, which are to be held on November 4, 2020. This notice will include all the information needed to file for nomination. For more information, refer to the Directeur Général des Élections du Québec.