SEAC Membership

District School Board Membership

A SEAC for a district school board is composed of the following:

  • Representatives and alternates for these representatives from up to 12 local associations. The local associations must be affiliated with associations or organizations that:
    • are incorporated;
    • operate throughout Ontario;
    • further the interests and well-being of one or more groups of exceptional children or adults; and,
    • do not represent professional educators.
  • The lesser of 3 or 25 percent of the total number of board trustees rounded down to the nearest whole number.
  • Where 1 or 2 board trustees are appointed to the SEAC each trustee has an alternate appointed, however where the number is 3 or greater there are no alternates appointed.
  • One or two persons to represent the interests of First Nations students attending board schools under a tuition agreement.
  • One or more additional member, sometimes called members at large, may be appointed who are neither representative of a local association nor trustees of another committee of the board.
  • Alternates, for local association members, are able to attend and participate in SEAC meetings if the local association member cannot be present.

School Authorities Membership

The SEAC of a school authority is composed of the following:

  • one representative and one alternate from each of two local associations;
  • one trustee and one alternate;
  • up to two First Nations representatives – where there are First Nations representative(s) on the school authority; and
  • two members at large and two alternates (who are not members of the board) – if there are no local associations.

How long do members serve for?

SEAC members are appointed by the school board. They serve for the term of office of board members and until a new board is organized. A new SEAC is formed every four years following the election of the board of trustees.

Who is eligible to serve?

SEAC members must be qualified to vote for members of the board and must be a resident in its jurisdiction. Members appointed to represent First Nations students do not need to meet this requirement as the students are attending the board schools under a tuition agreement.

Employees of a school board are not eligible for membership on the SEAC of the board that employs them. However, they can be members of another school board SEAC as long as they are eligible to vote for members of that school board.1

Removal of Members from SEACs

A member of a SEAC is removed if he or she:

  • is convicted of an indictable offence;
  • misses three consecutive regular meetings of the committee without being authorized to do so by a resolution entered in the minutes; and/or,
  • ceases to hold the qualifications to be appointed to the committee.

1. Ontario Regulation 464/97 – Special Education Advisory Committees