Elections 101

*An Elections 101 Workshop will be held in preparation for the CUSA 2020-2021 Election in January 2020.

The Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) is a democratically elected body which exists for the benefit of its members. CUSA’s elected body is made up of 6 executive positions that oversee the day-to-day operations of the association, as well as 26 student representatives from each of Carleton’s academic faculties, which all sit on the association’s council to vote on decisions regarding the association. Every position will be elected for a term from May 1st, 2020 – April 30th, 2021.


The 6 executive positions and their duties are:
President: Spokesperson for the association; general management and supervision of the affairs and operations of the Association; represent the organization to University administration and public officials; and sit on multiple school and student committees.

Vice President Finance: Create and present the associations annual budget; responsible for disbursing monies in accordance with the ratified budget; work with senior management to ensure an audit is conducted, oversee all insurance plans; oversee the operations of the associations businesses.

Vice President Internal Affairs: Be responsible for all administrative requirements of Council including hiring the Chair and Clerk, training Councillors, and informing students on meeting; oversee the operations of the clubs and societies office and represent clubs and societies on issues pertaining to them; oversee the operations of the front office; be the primary contact for space bookings.

Vice President Student Issues: Lobby the University and the government on all issues including student services, academic concerns, sustainability, and combating different systems of oppression (including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism); encourage participation of students in municipal, provincial, and federal elections; distribute student awards and bursaries; represent CUSA of a number of different committees addressing student issues; run campaigns to address various student issues on campus (such as financial literacy, sexual violence, etc).

Vice President Community Engagement: Organize and promote career opportunities and trainings to prepare students for their careers after graduation; Maintain relationships with other student associations across the country; In conjunction with the Sponsorship Coordinator, generate revenue opportunities for CUSA through external partnerships; In conjunction with the Services Manager, ensure continued viability and visibility of all CUSA Service Centres; Foster collaborative initiatives with the University administration and departments.

Vice President Student Life: Work to improve awareness of CUSA and CUSA initiatives among students (to news outlets, social media, etc.); investigate potential sponsorship for the association; be the primary contact for all external advertising and advertisers; act as the contact between CUSA and athletics to promote school spirit and the athletics programming; be responsible for coordinating Fall Orientation of the association behalf; be responsible for coordination of an event promotion street team; responsible for planning and executing events to improve student life on campus.


  • $32,563.25 annual salary – adjusted for CPI as of December 31st, 2018
  • Reimbursement for up to 2.5 academic credits at the rate of domestic tuition
  • A U-Pass or campus parking pass
  • CUSA Health and Dental Plan coverage, and for International students, UHIP coverage payment.
    Students can also run to fill one the CUSA Councillors positions for their faculty. The seats for each faculty are as follows:

  • 7 Faculty of Public Affairs
  • 6 Faculty of Engineering and Design
  • 6 Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • 4 Faculty of Science
  • 2 Faculty of Business
  • 1 Special Student (no faculty)

Councillors are tasked with representing their faculty on decisions regarding the association. Councillors must attend monthly CUSA Council meetings, as well as emergency meetings that may arise throughout the year. There is no compensation for CUSA Councillors as it is a volunteer position.


CUSA Elections are run by Claudia Calagoure-Perna, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), with the assistance of Ophelia Bradly and Kuukua Ewube, Deputy Electoral Officers (DEO).
The schedule for the elections is as follows:

3 days Nomination Period – January 15th, 2020 at 8AM to January 17th, 20120 at 6PM – Students collect signatures of from other students that nominate them to run for the position. Those interested in running for executive positions must collect 100 nomination signatures, while those running for councillor positions must collect as many signatures as is twice the amount of seats their faculty has on council (Faculty of Public Affairs has 7 seats, students must collect 14 signatures to be nominated).

2 Day Blackout Period – January 20th, 2020 at 8AM to January 21st, 2020 at 11:59PM – Signatures are verified over the next 2 days, during which time potential candidates are NOT allowed to campaign.

5 Day Campaign Period – January 22nd, 2020 at 12AM to January 28th, 2020 at 11:59PM – Candidates have 5 business days to campaign to students at school and on social media. Candidates must follow campaign rules (only allowed to campaign in certain areas of the school, only allowed one poster in each postering area etc.). Candidates also participate in an organized debate during this period.

2 Voting Days – January 29th, 2020 to January 30th, 2020 – All undergraduate students receive an online ballot via their Carleton email and are able to vote for each executive position and councillor positions for their faculty. Executive positions follow a ranked voting system. Voting closes at 10 pm on the second day, and results are released several hours later.

Dates for the election period were determined on December 5th, 2019 when the writ of elections was passed by CUSA Council. Furthermore, Election results are then ratified by the existing CUSA council at the following council meeting. All those that are successfully elected begin their terms on May 1st, 2020.


All inquiries regarding the electoral process and conduct should be referred to the chief electoral office at elections@cusaonline.ca and/or the elections office located in room 129B University Centre.


Do you have questions about the elections process, have an idea that you want to ask about, or any other CUSA related question? Email our General Manager, Travis Lindgren, to confidentially have your questions answered. Fill out the form below or email travis.lindgren@cusaonline.ca.