OSTA-AECO Constitution


We, the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association, are determined to: 

  • Develop unity amongst the province’s student trustees;

  • Work towards fostering an education system in Ontario, which is world class in its support and success for students;

  • Ensure that Student Trustees receive the support, orientation and advocacy that they need to be successful;

  • Carry with pride the fact that we are students representing students; offering relevant, responsible and timely representation;

  • Make the government aware of the needs, concerns and aspirations of students;

  • Empower and advocate for the students of Ontario;

And have resolved to accomplish these aims by:   

  • Representing, speaking, and advocating for the students of Ontario;

  • Continuing to be a strong voice within the education community as we continually identify and speak to issues that are important and relevant to the students;

  • Representing the interests of every student in the province in both divisions of publicly funded education;

  • Eliciting and listening to the voices of students in every school board through their elected Student Trustee;

  • Ensuring our ability to speak without the burden of a fiscal or a political agenda;

  • Making certain that governments of all levels are aware of the needs and concerns within the education system in order to maintain and improve the quality of education in Ontario; 

In achieving our aims, we will work to form an education system in Ontario which:       

  • Guarantees students support which stimulates continual growth, development and learning, both inside and outside the classroom;

  • Provides a system of safety and equity;

  • Creates a culture that values the worth and importance of the student voice;

  • Maintains qualified, knowledgeable and engaging teachers;

  • Prepares students for civic understanding, with no student being the victim of political ends;

  • Embraces bilingualism and multiculturalism; and

  • Is world class for student success, providing relevant measures to address student needs and foster student ownership in education.

All in the hopes of achieving, ‘a student vision, a united voice’.

  • Our members are committed volunteers who act from goodwill and their love for our fellow students and education, giving shape and hope to our future.



A Student Trustee refers to every duly elected or appointed Student Trustee of each recognized District School Board. “Student trustee” shall have the same meaning as “pupil representative,” as described in section 55 of the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2, and as amended in Regulation 461/97 “Pupil Representation on Boards” enacted under that Act.