Elections were conducted online for the second year using an electronic ballot distributed by email. Voters provided very positive feedback about the online process. Participation was also up by more than 5% in each district over the past 6 elections. In District 5, 32.7% of eligible voters participated. In District 10, 27.4% of voters participated. The College is committed to continuous improvement of the Council election process to enhance efficiency and encourage participation.
Role of Council Members
Council members are elected to protect and serve the public interest. When elected to Council, Council members must bear in mind the tenets of self-regulation, and the College’s commitment to acting first and foremost in the interest of the public.
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. 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