The Council is the governing body of the College. The Regulated Health Professions Act stipulates that it consist of at least 32 and no more than 34 members including:
- 16 physicians elected by their peers on a geographical basis every three years;
- three physicians appointed from among the six faculties of medicine (at Western University, McMaster University, University of Toronto, Queen's University, University of Ottawa, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine);
- no fewer than 13 and no more than 15 non-physician or 'public' members appointed by the provincial government for terms decided by the government.
Both medical faculty members and public members may be re-appointed at the end of their terms. The College President is elected from and by Council and serves a one-year term.
Council members sit on one or more committees of the College. Each committee has specific functions, most of which are governed by provincial legislation. General Council meetings are held four times a year to review the activities of the College and debate and vote upon matters of general policy. Council meetings are open to the public and are held in the 3rd floor Council Chamber at 80 College Street, Toronto.
Term of office: maximum of three years. Councillors may not serve more than three terms (nine consecutive years).
Council meetings: Four per year.
Committees: Each Council member is appointed to one or more committees. See Council Committees.
For more information about the actions, processes and structures by which the mandate of the College is fulfilled, please refer to the Governance Process Manual .