Call for Nominations to the College Council for Members in Electoral Districts 1, 3, and 5
On July 2, 2015, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (the College) implemented the first electoral election process for the Council of the newly-established College.
In order to establish a staggered election schedule for the future, the initial election covered all eight Districts and Members from certain districts were elected for varied terms:
• Districts 2 (South), 4 (Toronto East) and 6 (North Central) will elect a Member to the Council for a 3-year term (October 2015 – April 2018);
• Districts 7 (East), 8 (North) will elect a Member to the Council for a 2-year term (October 2015 – April 2017);
• Districts 1 (West), 3 (Toronto West) and 5 (South Central) will elect a Member to the Council for a 1-year term (October 2015 – April 2016). An election for a 3-year term for Districts 1, 3 and 5 also took place in 2016.
Based on this schedule, the Registrar set March 7, 2019 as the election date for members of Council in Districts 1, 3 and 5. The election for these three (3) electoral districts begins today (December 3, 2018), with a call for nominations for a 3-year term (April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2022).
Role of the Council
The role and powers of the College are set out under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991(RHPA) and the Naturopathy Act, 2007. The Council, similar to a board of directors, directs the College’s work. Council sets the strategic and policy direction, while a staff team led by the Registrar carries out the College’s day-to-day work.
Council is responsible for serving the public interest, through the functions of the College. The College sets requirements for entering the profession; develops the standards of practice; administers programs for naturopaths to maintain skills and knowledge; and holds Members accountable for their conduct and practice. Together, these roles protect Ontarians’ rights to safe, competent and ethical naturopathic care.
Under the RHPA, the College Council requires an equitable balance of public appointees (giving health care consumers a strong voice in the regulation of naturopaths) and elected professionals. Public members are appointed by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Who can run?
Any Member in good standing can run for election, with certain restrictions. Some relate to conduct (e.g., disciplinary or incapacity proceedings, professional misconduct, findings of incompetence or incapacity, etc.), and some to conflict of interest or holding other roles.
The College’s “Election Handbook” describes the eligibility requirements and a more in-depth description of the process. Download it from the Resources section of the College website. It is the first item under the “Information” list on that page.
Members who wish to stand for election in their district will be required to submit six documents. Forms are available in the Election Handbook, and as individual downloads in the Resources section. Three members in good standing from your district must sign the nomination. The Registrar will verify the eligibility of anyone nominated.
Who should run?
The naturopaths on Council – like the Members of the profession on the Council of any health regulatory college – are expected to rise above the interests of the profession and make sound, reasoned judgments that serve the public interest.
Elected Council members are voted in by their peers. However, they are not beholden to the constituents who elect them, but rather to the public of Ontario.
What is the election schedule?
The timelines for the election are set out in the by-laws of the College and summarized in the Election Handbook as follows:
• December 3, 2018 – call for nominations.
• January 4, 2019 – deadline for nomination & consent form, conflict of interest questionnaire, confirmation of eligibility form, election undertaking, fiduciary agreement and agreement regarding duties of members of Council.
• January 9, 2019 – confirmation of candidate eligibility from Registrar.
• January 23, 2019 – deadline for biography and personal statement.
• February 4, 2019 – balloting opens.
• March 7, 2019 – balloting closes.
• March 8, 2019 – Registrar advises candidates of results.
If elected, when is my first Council meeting?
All candidates for the election must commit to attending the following:
• April 23, 2019 – Council member orientation meeting (for new elected members only).
• April 24, 2019 – Meeting of the Council.
• Additional meetings for 2019 include July 31 and October 30.
How much of my time will this involve?
Members of the Council are required to attend four meetings each year. Doing so typically requires one full-day to review the materials and one full-day at the meeting itself.
Members also sit on at least one committee and as such, a minimum of one full-day and a maximum of two full-days each month can be anticipated. Preparation time can be completed on weekends; however, all committees meet on weekdays, either at the College or by telephone.
Finally, you may be asked to sit on a panel of the Discipline Committee. Hearings run for a minimum of one day but could be as long as eight to ten days. Hearings are scheduled on an as needed basis and based on availability of Discipline Committee members.
We invite you to download the Election Handbook; however, if you have more questions about the election process or any related matters, please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Parr, Registrar & CEO by telephone at 416-583-6010 or by e-mail at email@example.com.