Student trustees are an important and valuable voice in representing the interests of the student body at meetings of the board. They are not members of the board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote on any matter before the board. However, they are entitled to request a recorded non-binding vote in order to have their opinion reflected in the board minutes.
Ontario's district school boards are required to organize an election each year of one to three student trustees. They are elected by students of the board or by a student representative body. To act as a student trustee, a student must be a full-time pupil in the senior division. Their one-year term of office runs from August 1 of the year they are elected to July 31 of the following year.