A by-election called for two French-language school trustee positions in Toronto

By-election candidate nominations are now open for two canceled Toronto school trustee positions.

Over the weekend, the two elections for school trustees were canceled due to the ineligibility of candidates for the Conseil scolaire Viamonde and the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir in Wards 3 and 4.

While their names still appeared on the ballot on Monday, the city told CP24 that voters in French-language public schools were instructed not to vote for a school trustee.

Starting Tuesday, nominations will be accepted for French-language public school commissioner in Ward 3 and French-language Catholic school commissioner in Ward 4, the city said in a news release.

Nominations can be submitted until 2 p.m. on December 9 and third-party advertisers can register until 4:30 p.m. on January 20, 2023.

Those interested in applying must submit an application with their original signature, have French education rights, provide proof that their home address is within the jurisdiction of the school board, and pay $100 for application fee.

The city reminds candidates that they cannot spend or fundraise for their campaign until their nomination is fulfilled.

To be a French-language school commissioner, candidates must first have learned French and still understand the language, have attended a French-language school in the country or have children who attend or have attended a French-language school in Canada.

The by-election is scheduled for January 23, 2023.

With files from CP24’s Bryann Aguilar

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