Council Elections

Notice of Election in Districts 5 and 10 from September 18 to Tuesday, October 14

at 4:00 p.m.

District 5: County of Simcoe, the District Municipality of Muskoka and the regional municipalities of Durham, Peel and York: 2 positions

District 10: City of Toronto: 4 positions

An election will soon be underway to elect Council representatives to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for Districts 5 and 10.

Members interested in becoming candidates must submit their nomination and conflict of interest forms to the Registrar no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

The nomination form must bear the signature and registration numbers of at least five members entitled to vote in the electoral district for which the candidate is nominated. It is recommended that seven nominators be provided in the event that a nominator is not in good standing. You can download the candidate nomination and conflict of interest forms here. Additional forms can be obtained by calling Tanya Terzis at (416) 967-2600 ext. 362 or 1-800-268-7096 ext. 362.

On-line voting will be open from Thursday, September 18 to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 14. Any votes/ballots received later than 4:00 p.m. on October 14, 2014, will be considered ineligible. Eligible voters will also receive additional information about the voting process in the election mailing.

Candidates will be notified of the results on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Online Voting

Last year, the district Council elections were conducted online for the first time using an electronic ballot distributed by email. The efficacy of this process resulted in approximately 35 per cent of eligible voters participating in the election — an increase of between 5 and 10 per cent over previous elections where voters were required to return paper ballots to the College. Feedback on the online voting process was overwhelmingly positive and as a result the College will continue with online voting again this year. The College is committed to continuous improvement of the Council election process to maximize efficiency and encourage participation.

Nomination Process

Council members are elected to protect and serve the public interest. When considering running for Council, you should bear in mind the tenets of self-regulation, and the College’s commitment to acting first and foremost in the interest of the public.

To stand for election, you must be nominated by five members of the College who are in good standing. We recommend that you provide seven nominators to prevent delays if any of your nominators are not in good standing. The nominator must be eligible to vote in the district for which he or she is nominating the candidate.

Once we receive your completed nomination form and conflict of interest form, we will send you additional information about the election itself.

The nomination form requires that candidates include a short biography and a statement about why you are running for election. If elected, you will be required to have a criminal record check.

As part of the election process, an election mail out from the College advises eligible voters of the election, the election date, and the names of the candidates. Information about each candidate, along with a corresponding picture will be posted on our website for voters to review. Eligible voters will receive an on-line ballot. The ballot will contain a direct link to candidate bios.

About Council

Dr. Brenda CoppsThe 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. Council is composed of 16 elected physicians, three academic physician representatives and 13-15 members of the public who are appointed by government.

Term of office: Maximum three years for elected physician members. Councillors may not serve more than three terms (nine consecutive years).

Council meetings: Four or five per year.

Committees: Each Council member is appointed to one or more committees. Time commitments vary by committee.

Payment: Fees are set in the by-laws for participation in College activities. The current rate is $457 per half day, plus expenses such as travel and preparation time.

See Council and Committees