General Elections 2020


General Elections

Get Involved, Nominate Yourself Today!


Office of the Ombudsperson fees

Are you for or against increasing the fees of the Office of the Ombudsperson from $1.06 per full-time and part-time student, to $1.50 per full-time and part-time student?

Would you like to run for the UOSU elections and be on the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors?

General elections will be held from March 25, 2020 at 10 a.m. to March 27, 2020 at 7 p.m.

The nomination period is from February 10 at 8 a.m. to February 24 at 10:00 a.m.

You must submit your nomination form by 10:00 am on February 24, 2020 at the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office UCU 102 C.

Campaign period: From March 16 at 11:59 pm to March 24 at 11:59 pm

Debate: March 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Voting Days: From March 25 at 10 a.m. to March 27 at 7 p.m.

These are the positions up for election:


  • President
  • Equity Commissioner
  • Francophone Affairs Commissioner
  • Operations Commissioner
  • Student Life Commissioner
  • Advocacy Commissioner
  • Student Services Commissioner

Board of Directors:

  • Faculty of Education (1 position)
  • Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section (1 position)
  • Faculty of Law – Common Law Section (1 position)
  • Faculty of Medicine (1 position)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences (2 positions)
  • Faculty of Arts (3 positions)
  • Faculty of Engineering (3 positions)
  • Faculty of Science (3 positions)
  • Teller School of Management (3 positions)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences (4 positions)

You must submit your nomination at the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office UCU 102 C.

Have any questions? Send us an email at

*This document is currently being translated to french. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Important Dates and Timelines

With elections right around the corner, now is the time to get involved and run for a position within our new union! Here are the important dates that any potential nominees must be aware of:

  • Nomination period: February 10 at 8:00 a.m. to February 24 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Meeting for Executive candidates: March 8
  • Meeting for Board of Directors candidates: March 8
  • Publication of the provisional list of candidates: March 08
  • Evaluation of the language skills of executive candidates: From March 11 to March 13
  • Last day to register volunteers before the start of the campaign: March 14 at 7:00pm
  • Super Sunday (start of posting): March 14 at 7:00 pm
  • Candidates may begin to register new volunteers: Monday March 15th at 12:01am
  • Start of the campaign: Monday March 15th at 12:01am
  • Official Campaign period: Monday March 15th at 12:01am to Tuesday March 24th at 11:59pm
  • Publication of the official list of candidates: March 19 or before
  • Commissioner Candidate Forum (Francophone Affairs, Advocacy, Student Life): Monday March 23rd at 5pm (*Tentative)
  • Commissioner Candidate Forum (President, Operations, Student Services): Tuesday March 24th at 5pm (*Tentative)
  • Blackout period (prohibited campaign): Wednesday March 25th at 12:01am to Friday March 27th at 8pm
  • Voting days: Wednesday March 25th at 10 to Friday March 27th at 8pm.
  • Posters of all the candidates will be taken down: March 27 at 8pm.
  • Final results published: Friday March 27th at 9pm
  • Last day for candidates to submit reimbursement claims: Tuesday March 31st at 5pm

You must submit your nomination at the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office UCU 102 C.

Have any questions? Send us an email at

Election forms and documents

Here are the crucial forms for the UOSU election process:

You must submit your nomination at the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office UCU 102 C.

For any questions, send an email to:

List of candidates

Executive Committee
Equity Commissioner

Judy El-Mohtadi

Hey folks! My name is Judy El-Mohtadi and I’m a third year student in Criminology and Feminist and Gender Studies. As Interim Equity Commissioner, I fell in love with the role and I am running to become the permanent Equity Commissioner. I am committed to making campus a safe(r) and more accessible space for everyone by putting in the work required to respond to your needs and to ensure that you are thriving as students. I am committed to continuously learning, unlearning and relearning the things that I know. I am here for you!

Board of Directors
Directors of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Timothy Gulliver

Hi everyone! My name’s Tim, I’m a second-year PoliSci major, and I’m running to help build a more progressive and inclusive union. I want our union to make fighting cuts to OSAP & student services a priority. I want it to lead on the climate crisis, and commit to becoming carbon-neutral. And I want it to tackle the mental health crisis on campus, by consulting students and expanding coverage. I’ve co-organized a protest against Ford & attended BoD meetings - I understand how to get things done. Let’s rebuild our student movement together!

Elections FAQ

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 five (5) Commissioners who manage the day-to-day activities of the UOSU and oversee its operations. The positions are:

  • 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.

  • 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 woul also oversee them.

  • 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.

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. 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 2019. 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.

You must submit your nomination at the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office UCU 102 C.

Have any questions? Send us an email at