Council is the College’s governing body or board of directors, made up of Council members who are, as a collective, responsible for making decisions that best serve the public interest, protect patients and improve the quality of physiotherapists' care in Ontario.
The College's Council and Committees are made up of eight elected physiotherapists (PTs) from regions across the province, two academic representatives selected by their peers and seven members of the public appointed by the Government of Ontario. Physiotherapists on Council are nominated and elected by their peers and serve a three-year term.
Council members are involved in establishing policies to ensure that College operations reflect corporate goals and safeguard the organization’s assets. The election of Council members is an important part of physiotherapy regulation. Council members make decisions that affect how physiotherapy is practiced and regulated in Ontario, such as approving changes to entry-to-practice requirements, establishing standards of practice and conduct, and approving new programs. All Council members are required to participate in the College’s statutory Committees and may serve on task forces and working groups as well.
By participating in the election, either as a candidate or through voting, every member of the College has an opportunity to influence the future of physiotherapy practice and regulation.
Why should I consider running?
The practice of physiotherapy in Ontario is self-regulating which means physiotherapists are involved in determining the rules that govern the profession, in addition to being accountable for their own behaviour. While the College oversees the rules and regulations associated with the profession, it is Council that sets the direction.
As a physiotherapist, you treat and assist numerous patients every day within your community and practice setting. As a councillor, the scope is even broader as you represent the voice and well-being of all patients and potential patients throughout the province. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the profession by helping to ensure the public interest is protected.
What is the time commitment?
Elected councillors serve a term of three years. Councillors must generally attend four, two-day meetings per year in Toronto. Dates are set well in advance to help members plan. Each meeting also requires preparation time - such as reviewing materials in advance of meetings so as to be able to contribute fully to discussions.
Council members are also required to participate in at least one statutory Committee. The time commitment varies depending upon the Committee to which you are assigned. Some may meet quarterly, while others meet monthly.
Although unpaid, these positions are rewarding in and of themselves and councillors are compensated for their time and expenses. Councillors receive a daily stipend of $320 for meetings and are reimbursed for travel costs and preparation time.
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Questions about the election process or the roles of Council and Committee members can be directed to Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.