Fall 2020

Get Involved, Nominate Yourself Today

It’s now time to elect students to fill the vacant positions on the Executive Committee and our Board of Directors!



  • October 5: Notice of election
  • October 12 at 8am to October 27 at 3pm: Nomination period
  • October 28-31: Evaluation of the language skills of executive candidates
  • October 29 at 11:59pm: Last day to register volunteers before the campaign begins
  • October 31: All candidate meeting for executive candidates
  • October 31: All candidate meeting for Board Candidates
  • October 31: Publication of the official list of candidates 
  • October 31 at 7pm: Super Sunday (Postering begins)
  • November 1 at 11:59pm: Beginning of campaign
  • November 1-7: Campaign period
  • November 7 at 5:30pm: Executive candidates debate
  • November 7 at 11:59: Black-out period begins (Campaigning is prohibited)
  • November 9 at 10am – November 11 at 7pm: Voting Days
  • November 11 at 7pm: All-candidate poster clean-up
  • November 11 at 9pm: Election Results
  • November 13 at 7pm: Last day for candidates to submit reimbursement requests

Notice of by-elections

Would you like to run for the UOSU elections and be on the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors? By-elections will be held from November 9th at 10:00am. to November 11th, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

The nomination period is from October 12th at 8:00 am. to October 27th, 2020 at 3:00 pm. You must submit your nomination form by 3:00 pm on October 27th, 2020 at the UOSU office (UCU 07) or send an email to

Campaign period: November 1st 2020 – November 7th, 2020

Debate: November 7th, 2020 at 5:30pm

Voting Days: November 9th at 10:00 am. – November 11th, 2019 at 7:00pm

Election Forms

Available Positions

Board of Directors Positions

Faculty of Education (1)
Vacant Position

Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section (1)
Vacant Position

Faculty of Law – Common Law Section (1)
Vacant Position

Faculty of Medicine (1)
Vacant Position

Faculty of Health Sciences (2)

Faculty of Arts (3)
Vacant Position
Vacant Position
Vacant Position

Faculty of Engineering (3)
Vacant Position
Vacant Position
Vacant Position

Faculty of Sciences (3)
Vacant Position
Vacant Position

Telfer School of Management (3)
Vacant Position
Vacant Position

Faculty of Social Sciences (4)
Vacant Position

Executive Committee Positions


Equity Commissioner
Vacant Position

Francophone Affairs Commissioner

Operations Commissioner

Student Life Commissioner
Vacant Position

Advocacy Commissioner

Student Services Commissioner

Curious to know how our elections process will go, what positions are up for election, and what responsibilities fall under each? Check out our answers below!

The Executive Committee is formed of seven (7) Commissioners who manage the day-to-day activities of the UOSU and oversee its operations. The positions are:

  • President: The role of the President is a new position, meant to support the other commissioners in their roles, represent the UOSU in communications and in relations with RSGs and the administration. The President also takes on the managing commissioner role from the Advocacy Commissioner, sharing this along with the Operations commissioner in human resources and operations. Beyond a leadership role, the President is key to holding the Executive Committee accountable and ensuring the Executive Committee completes its projects, respects deadlines and ensures the smooth operations of the Union. The President reports to the Executive Committee and he is also the Chair of the President’s Round Table as well as the Governance Committee and the Executive Committee.
  • Operations Commissioner: along with the Advocacy Commissioner, is tasked with supervising the General Manager of the UOSU. This role will also direct and oversee the internal operations of the organisation and is tasked with scheduling meetings and preparing agendas. This position is responsible for the Bike Co-op, the Food Bank, the Foot Patrol, the Sustainable Development Centre, and UOSERT. Should UOSU have any business dealings, the Operations Commissioner would also oversee them.
  • Advocacy Commissioner: responsible for overseeing the advocacy work of the organisation, including lobbying and public education campaigns. Along with the Operations Commissioner, they shall supervise the work of the General Manager. This position is also tasked with maintaining relations with the University of Ottawa and, where appropriate, with governments and external organisations. In addition to this, the Advocacy Commissioner will oversee the operations of the International House, the Peer Help Centre, and the Student Rights Centre.
  • Equity Commissioner: tasked with directing and overseeing the equity-building work of the UOSU. They shall advocate on behalf of marginalized communities and fight against discrimination at uOttawa. They are responsible for relations with equity-building organisations active at uOttawa, and shall oversee the operations of the Centre of Students with Disabilities, the Pride Centre, the Women’s Resource Centre, the Multi-Faith Centre and the Racialized and Indigenous Student Experience (RISE) Centre.
  • Francophone Affairs Commissioner: must be a student who self-identifies as francophone, shall direct and oversee services and programs aimed at francophone students, ensuring their linguistic accessibility. They shall advocate on behalf of francophones and work to promote la francophonie on campus. This role shall also oversee the operations of the Bilingualism Centre and deal with any bilingualism-related student complaints.
  • Student Life Commissioner: responsible for student clubs and their representation in UOSU, planning of social events (such as 101 Week), and overseeing Zoom Productions. This Executive will be responsible for relations between the UOSU and Recognized Student Governments (Federated Bodies) and will ensure a diversity of events and social activities on the uOttawa campus. They will work closely with the administration to ensure student interests are central to event planning.
  • Student Services Commissioner: The Student Services Commissioner supervises the services as well as the clubs of the UOSU. The Student services commissioner shall be the chair of the Services committee, which oversees the services of the UOSU, as well as things that relate to UOSU recognized student clubs and associations. This year, the Student Services Commissioner also chairs the Communications Round Table. 

The BoD is a body of elected students who represent their respective faculties in the internal affairs of the UOSU. They are tasked with voting on motions, amending certain parts of the Constitution, holding monthly Board meetings, and overseeing the financials of the Union. This is an incredibly important job that doesn’t require as much time as the Commissioner positions, and it is a great opportunity to get involved in the student movement!

In order to be a Commissioner, a student must pass a bilingualism test (English and French) as administered by the University of Ottawa’s Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI). There are different levels of bilingualism requirements for each position, which you can access in both our Constitution and our Electoral Code. As it is a full-time, salaried position within the union, elected Executive Committee members cannot register for more than two (2) courses per semester in the year of their mandate, meaning that Commissioners must be part-time students or exceptionally more than two (2) courses per semester in the year of their mandate if they are international students. This is to ensure that their first priority is the job that they were elected and will be paid to do.

The UOSU’s transitional directors will be overseeing the Elections Committee. These three members, one of whom is the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), are responsible for treating complaints by candidates and applying any sanctions if required. If any candidate does not agree with the Election Committee’s decision, they may appeal it to the Appeals Committee, composed of three other students. All decisions by the Appeals Committee are final. Please consult our Electoral Code for more information.

All vacant positions on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors will be filled in a By-Election that will be held in Fall 2020. The newly elected Board will have the power to appoint interim Executive members to fill any vacancies on the Executive Committee; such interim Executives would be in place until their positions can be filled in the Fall By-Election.

Yes. Vacancies do not hinder the Board’s ability to pass binding motions, and any vacant Executive positions can be filled by an interim member until the Fall By-Elections take place.