Council Elections

Council Elections provide Registrants with an opportunity to actively participate in the regulation of foot care in Ontario. The College encourages all those interested to consider membership on Council.

Now is the time to get involved in the Council election either by putting your name forward to stand for election or by nominating a colleague. If you are thinking about running for Council, please consider the time commitment involved. Council members attend Council meetings three times a year, and business meetings once or twice a year. In addition, you must serve on one or more statutory committees; you may be required to attend hearings; and, you must do preparatory reading for Council and committee meetings.

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Districts up for Election in 2024

CHIROPODISTS
  • 1 vacancy in District 4
  • 1 vacancy in District 5
  • 1 vacancy in District 6
PODIATRISTS
  • 1 vacancy in District 1 and 2 (Combined District 1)
  • 1 vacancy District 5 and 6 (Combined District 3)

 

Elections Timetable

May 31, 2024 – Nomination Deadline
TBD – Election Day
TBD – Results Announced

I would like to run for Council

If you are interested in running for Council, review the information on this page and complete the Nomination Form.

What is the Council of the College?

The Council is the governing body of the College. It establishes the statutory requirements that guide the regulation of the profession in the public interest.

The Council of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario consists of 15 members; 6 chiropodists elected by the College’s chiropodist registrants, 3 podiatrists elected by the College’s podiatrist registrants, 1 chiropodist selected by Council who is on the faculty of the educational institution in Ontario that is authorized to grant diplomas or degrees in chiropody, and between 5 and 8 public members who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council from the general public.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Position Qualifications
  • Commitment to the principles of professional regulation in the public interest.
  • Willingness to give your time and attention to work on committees and Council.
  • Desire to learn new skills and make new contacts that may benefit you long after your term is over.
How is the Election Held?

The election is carried out by electronic ballots. Voting is by secret ballot and the results are tabulated by independent individuals and/or scrutineers. Completion of the nomination form is the first step in the process.

Eligibility for Election

To assist members with the nomination process, an updated list of persons registered to practice within the district will be available in the Member Portal.

Eligibility for election is outlined in section 50 of the College’s General By-Law. A member is eligible for election in an electoral district if:

  • On the deadline for receipt of nominations, the member is the holder of a general class certificate of registration and the certificate is not subject to a term, condition or limitation other than one applicable to all members of the class;
  • In the case of an election of a chiropodist councillor, the member holds a certificate of registration in the chiropodist class, on the deadline for receipt of nominations;
  • In the case of an election of a podiatrist councillor, the member holds a certificate of registration in the podiatrist class, on the deadline for receipt of nominations;
  • On the deadline for receipt of nominations, the member is not in default of the payment of any money owed to the College including but not limited to any fee prescribed by the Regulations or required by the by-laws;
  • On the deadline for receipt of nominations, the member is not the subject of any disciplinary or incapacity proceeding;
  • On the deadline for receipt of nominations, the member does not have a notation of a caution or a specified continuing education or remedial program on the register (this applies to elected councillors who are nominated and elected after January 27, 2023);
  • On the deadline for receipt of nominations, the member does not have a notation on the register of an undertaking provided to the College as a result of a decision or proceeding of the Discipline Committee, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, or the Fitness to Practise Committee (this applies to elected councillors who are nominated and elected after January 27, 2023);
  • On the deadline for receipt of nominations, the member is not the subject of an undertaking provided to the College as a result of a decision or proceeding of the Discipline Committee, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, or the Fitness to Practise Committee (this applies to elected councillors who are nominated and elected after January 27, 2023);
  • On the deadline for receipt of nominations, the member is not the subject of an interim order made by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (this applies to elected councillors who are nominated and elected after January 27, 2023);
  • The member’s certificate of registration has not been revoked or suspended in the six years preceding the date of the election for any reason other than non-payment of fees;
  • The member has not been the subject of any professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity finding in the three years preceding the date of the election;
  • The member has not been disqualified by Council in the three years preceding the date of the election;
  • The member cannot have been found by Council to have breached the Code of Conduct for Councillors and Committee Members (this applies to elected councillors who are nominated and elected after January 27, 2023);
  • The member has not resigned as a Councillor in the three years preceding the date of the election unless the member has the approval of either the Executive Committee or the Council to be eligible for the election;
  • On the deadline for receipt of nominations, the member has his or her designated address in the electoral district for which he or she is nominated and has been nominated in accordance with this by-law; and
  • The member has completed and filed with the Registrar the Conflict of Interest Form by the deadline established by the Registrar in accordance with Article 51.06.
How to Run for Election?
  • Nomination forms must reach the College no later than the deadline posted, and must be complete;
  • The candidate must sign the consent portion of the nomination form and enclose biographical information in the manner prescribed by the Registrar for distribution to College members;
  • Nominations must include the signature of one eligible nominator, who may also be the member wishing to stand for election;
  • The nominator must be a member who is eligible to vote in the election on the date of nomination and on the date on which the nominations close in accordance with section 51.05 of the College’s General By-Law;
  • Once the nomination form is complete, nominees must complete the Knowledge, Skills and Experience Matrix and Council Governance Orientation forms;
  • Once nominated, each nominee will be required to complete and file the College’s Conflict of Interest form.

Questions and Answers

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers to help you decide whether you wish to run for election to the Council.

How long is the term of office and when does it begin?

The term of office is normally three (3) years and it begins at the first Council meeting following the September Council meeting after the election. If there is a bi-election, the term will in all likelihood, be less than three (3) years.

Do I get compensated for the time and work I perform for the College?

You are recognized with an honorarium for time spent doing College work. This may not completely compensate you for time spent away from your office. Participating in College activities is viewed as public service. Expenses such as travel, accommodation and meals, which are incurred in the course of participating in College activity are reimbursed.

How is the election conducted?

The election is carried out by electronic ballots. Voting is by secret ballot and the results are tabulated by independent individuals and/or scrutineers. The rules and procedures governing nominations and the election are set out in the College’s General By-Law and is directed by the Registrar. Please see the election time table for specific dates.

What is required of me as a Council member?

As a member of Council, you would attend 3 full-day Council meetings each year where you discuss and establish College regulations, by-laws, policies, guidelines and standards for the profession. In addition, you would attend 1-2 business meetings per year, often held the day before the Council meetings. You will be a member of at least one statutory committee and possibly a standing committee or working group. Each member of Council is on the ICRC and Discipline Committees. In addition to attending meetings, you will need to prepare for your meetings and even participate in special projects that may require extra time and preparation. Council meetings are held in Toronto, although many committee meetings are conducted by teleconference. You can estimate dedicating 1-2 full days a month to College work, depending on the committees of which you are a member.

What district am I in?

The electoral district in which a member is eligible to vote is outlined in section 46.02 of the College’s General By-Law, and is the district in which, on the day nominations close, the member has his or her designated address.

I am ready to run for Council

Access the member portal here to complete your online nomination form.

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