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School council elections

School Councils provide a way for Yukoners to get involved in the education of children. They provide advice to the Minister of Education on:

  • resource allocation, 
  • school programs, and 
  • attendance policies

There are 17 school councils in the Yukon. Each council has between three and seven elected members. The number of elected members varies by school and is set by regulation.

Upcoming school council elections

School council elections happen every two years. The next school council election will be in spring 2024.

  • Nominations will be open from April 15 to 25, 2024.
  • Polling day will be Monday, May 6, 2024.
Information about the spring 2024 school council elections is now available. 

Past school council election results

Visit our Resources page for the results of past school council elections and by-elections. You will find the list of elected members and the number of vacant positions at the close of the election.


Eligibility to vote or be a candidate in a school council election

You can vote or be a candidate in a school council election if you are a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, and you:

  • are the parent/guardian of a student who attends the school
    AND/OR
  • have lived in the school's attendance area for at least three (3) months.

Catholic school council elections have the additional eligibility criteria of being a registered parishioner at a Whitehorse Catholic parish.
Non-registered parishioners can contact the Catholic Diocese of Whitehorse to discuss additional eligibility options.

You may be able to vote or be a candidate in more than one school council election.

If you are not sure which school attendance area you live in, check the attendance area maps or contact the Department of Education's school council liaison.

Voting in school council elections

Where a vote is needed, you can vote in-person at the school over two days or apply to have a ballot mailed to you.

Being a candidate in school council elections

To be a candidate, you need to:

  • be an eligible elector
  • complete a nomination package, including having at least three other people nominate you, and
  • submit your nomination package before the deadline.

Nomination packages are made available before the election period begins.

School council members are elected for two-year terms. Their term starts the day before the first day of school after the election.

Filling vacancies on a school council

Occasionally school councils have vacancies between elections. When this happens, the school council members can recommend a person to fill the vacancy.

To find out more about filling a vacancy, contact the school council or the Department of Education's school council liaison.

Guaranteed representatives on school councils

Nine school councils have guaranteed representation of Yukon First Nations. These guarenteed representative members are in addition to elected members. Guaranteed representatives are appointed.

To find out more about these positions, contact the Department of Education's school council liaison.

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Learn more about school councils

If you have questions about what members of a school council members do:

Questions about school council elections

If you have questions about school council elections, contact Elections Yukon by emailing schools@electionsyukon.ca or calling 1-866-668-8683.

 

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