Provincial Election Information

The election is now less than one week away with advance voting polls open until May 28, 2022. Visit the Elections Ontario website for the polling location nearest you. Before you vote, be sure to know where your candidates stand on education and other important issues. Check out OPSBA’s overview of party platforms that intersect with our priorities, our questionnaire to the four main parties, and visit party websites for their candidate information. Regarding the election questionnaire, OPSBA has received responses from the following parties: New Democratic Party, Liberal Party and the Green Party of Ontario.

Candidate information can be found at:

For more information, see the OPSBA 2022 Ontario Provincial Election webpage.

OPSBA’s 2022 AGM and Program, Re-Connecting and Making a Difference

The Association’s 2022 AGM and Program is quickly approaching and staff are excited to see many trustees registered to be in Ottawa from June 9 to 11. Keynotes include: Forced Opportunity by Comedian “Brittlestar” Stewart Reynolds and Interpreting the Provincial Election Results – What’s Next for Ontario? by national pollster and political analyst Nik Nanos. Panel and workshop topics are: Government Relations 101; Pandemic Recovery Through Student Voice; Sharing, Learning & Working Together (Indigenous Sharing Circle); Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Running Successful Meetings.

For more information and to register, visit the 2022 AGM and Program registration site (cvent.com).

Last chance! Video Contest

In an effort to showcase the diversity of voices in public schools across the province, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and Ontario Student Trustee Association’s (OSTA-AECO) Public Board Council is asking participants to submit a short clip (three to five seconds) holding a small sign with the phrase/image: “I ❤️ Public Education!” Participants are encouraged to write this in whatever their first language is, including English, or any non-English language typically spoken at home. The submissions will be used to create a two to three minute video showing the full range of diversity of ages, faces, voices, and places that make up our provincial public schools, and their collective love of learning and the shared values of public education. More information is available on our website. The contest deadline is May 31 at 5 p.m.

The Ontario Student Trustees’ Association (OSTA-AECO)

OSTA-AECO has published  The Student Blueprint, a summary of recommendations from the past four OSTA-AECO publications the Association hopes will be implemented in the coming years by both the Ministry of Education and Ontario school boards. The list of recommendations is outlined in five sections: Equity, Student Well-Being, Governance, System Modernization, and Funding, which seek to address the various concerns of students from across the province.

This week, OSTA-AECO hosts its Annual General Meeting. Elections will be held for their senior positions including President and Vice-President of the Public Board Council. These representatives are key contacts for OPSBA and the OSTA-OPSBA Liaison Committee.

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