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At CIRA, we believe that Canadians have both the right to be informed about how the internet develops, and a responsibility to act on it. Whether you use the internet for work or play, you can influence the future development and direction of the internet in Canada. Participating in CIRA’s governance is one way you can help enable a trusted internet for Canadians. 

CIRA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 12 elected Directors and three Board Advisors. Every year, a number of seats on the Board become vacant and must be filled.

This year there are five Board seats available:

  • 4 from the Nomination Committee slate
  • 1 from the Member slate

One of the Nomination Committee vacancies will be for a Replacement Seat, filling out the remainder of a resigning board member's term. Thus, all Directors elected will serve three-year terms except for the Replacement Seat, who shall be elected for a two-year term.

CIRA's election process happens in several stages, beginning with filling seats on the Nomination Committee in March and ending in an online vote in September.

From candidate applications to the final vote, the entire election process is held online. Find out how to join the nomination committeejoin the board or support nominees and candidates.

View the election resources for more information. 

Important to know

As per the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and CIRA's By-law, in order to vote in the 2021 Board of Directors Election, you must have been a CIRA member at least 21 days prior to the start of voting (specifically, by end of day September 2, 2021) and continue to be a member at the time you cast your ballot.

Under section 23 of the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, CIRA is required to provide the list of its members to members who submit the required Statutory Declaration (see section 23(5)) to contact each other for purposes related to the affairs of the organization, including influencing votes in an election. The list is provided through secure channels in an electronic format that is a non-editable compilation of the list of members. While CIRA is obligated by law to provide the list, CIRA strongly encourages members who receive the list to only contact those members who are part of their professional and/or social circle to respect members’ privacy.