Call for Nominations 

Election of Council members Districts 7 & 8

This is a general call to all Members of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario in Districts 7 (East), 8 (North) seeking nominations for the position of Council member in each of these two districts. 

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 who holds a certificate of registration in the General Class or the Inactive Class 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 by 5:00 pm on December 15, 2019. Forms are available in the Election Handbook, and as individual downloads in the Resources section. 

In order to be nominated, a Nomination Form must be signed by three members in good standing from your district. The nominee must also sign the Nomination Form indicating that they accept 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.

Therefore, the people who should run should be those who are best suited to serve the public interest. 

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:
November 8, 2019 – call for nominations.
December 15, 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.
December 16, 2019 – confirmation of candidate eligibility from Registrar.
January 22, 2020 – deadline for biography and personal statement.
February 3, 2020 – balloting opens.
March 5, 2020 – balloting closes.
March 6, 2020 – 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 28, 2020 – Council member orientation meeting
April 29, 2020 – meeting of the Council.
Additional meetings for 2020 include July 29th and October 28th. 

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.

More questions?

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