On October 9, 2020, elections will be held for both Council and Non-Council Committee positions in Districts 3, 4 and 6. This is an excellent opportunity for Members to be involved with steering the direction of the CRTO and governing the RT profession.
Which areas are elections being held in this year and how many seats in each?
Elections will be held this year for Council and Committee positions in the following Districts:
Areas in District
Counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Lanark, Prince Edward and Renfrew and the united counties of Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Prescott and Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.
Counties of Haliburton, Victoria, Peterborough, Northumberland and Simcoe, the regional municipalities of Durham, York and Peel and The City of Toronto.
Counties of Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, Lambton, Kent and Essex.
What is the difference between Council and Non-Council Committee Members?
The CRTO has a Council that acts like a board of directors, meeting four (4) times a year. The Council is the decision-making body at the CRTO, charged with determining the strategic direction of the College and ensuring that the profession is regulated in the public interest.
In addition to the Council, there are seven (7) Committees that carry out the CRTO’s various responsibilities (i.e., Registration, Professional Practice, etc.). Although all Council members also sit on the Committees, we need additional RTs to fill committee positions and share their expertise. These additional RTs are the Non-Council Committee Members.
Why should I consider running for Council or Non-Council?
Serving as a Council or Non-Council Committee Member allows you the opportunity to learn more about your profession and to be involved in setting policies which will guide the work of the CRTO in the public interest, and the direction of the profession.
Those who have served on Council and Committees have gained a better understanding of the importance of public protection, the complexities of governance and the profession. It is important to note that elected RTs on Council and Non-Council Committees regulate the profession in the public interest and do not represent the RTs that elected them.
What are the requirements to run for election as a Council or Non-Council Committee Member?
In general, to be eligible for election you must be a Member-in-good-standing of the CRTO (i.e., not in default of payment for any fees or the subject of a discipline or incapacity proceeding) and hold a current General or Limited certificate of registration. Full eligibility criteria can be found in Article 16 of the CRTO By-Laws.
You can only run for one position in your in your voting district (see what’s my district video or members login area). If you are unsure of your ability to run for election, vote in the election or what your voting district is, contact Janice Carson, Manager of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-591-7800 x.27 for assistance.
How long is the term of elected Council and Non-Council Committee Members?
Council, Non-Council Committee Members and public appointed Members all serve a three-year term and are limited to three consecutive terms, totaling nine years.
What is the time commitment per year?
Council meets four (4) times a year. In addition, elected members are appointed to at least one committee such as Registration, Quality Assurance, Patient Relations, Complaints, Fitness to Practise or Discipline. The number of committee meetings per year (which may include panels and/or hearings) varies according to workload. Generally, Council members should expect to devote an average of six to 10 days each year and Non-Council Committee Members four (4) to eight days per year depending on the committee. The term of office is three (3) years.
Do I get to choose the Committee I want to work with?
Each year Council and Non-Council Committee Members are asked to submit a committee preference form. The Executive Committee then reviews the results and appoints members to the other six committees, taking preferences into consideration, as well as experience and committee workload.
What are the main responsibilities?
Whether you are a Council or Non-Council Committee Member, you have a general responsibility to become familiar with the objects of the CRTO, as well as relevant legislation and policies. Council/Non-Council Committee members are expected to prepare themselves for meetings by reading the materials that are pre-circulated and participate actively in the deliberations and decisions. Depending on the committee, you may participate in the development, establishment and maintenance of policies, standards and regulations. Committees such as Registration, Quality Assurance, Complaints and Discipline break into panels to consider specific referrals regarding member practices.
What do I need to know to be a Council or Committee Member?
Respiratory Therapists may believe they need a deep understanding of regulation and respiratory therapy and health care legislation in order to serve on Council or Committees, but this is not true.
What is needed is for Council Members to be engaged, passionate, keen to learn, motivated to contribute to the CRTO’s mandate to protect the public interest and support respiratory therapists in providing competent, ethical, and safe quality care to all.
Council and Committee Member’s understanding of regulation and governance will grow over time as they work within the various Committees and on Council.
In addition, Council and Committee Members receive an orientation and ongoing support throughout their term.
What support is available for newly elected members?
Every Council and Non-Council Committee Member is given a comprehensive orientation, with a staff member assigned to each committee to provide support to elected members. Council/Non-Council Committee Members are provided with an agenda and relevant documentation electronically prior to every meeting to help you to be informed and prepared in advance. To reduce the number of in-person meetings, correspondence is conducted electronically wherever possible and a number of panel discussions are now held by teleconference.
Will I be reimbursed for travel, meals and accommodation?
Yes. Meetings are held in Toronto and Council/Non-Council Committee members are reimbursed for all reasonable travel and accommodation expenses. Additionally, they are paid a per diem of $200.00.
What are the election timelines?
- The call for nominations opens on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
- All nominations must be received by Friday, September 25, 2020.
- The final voting roster will be released and polls will open on Friday, October 2, 2020 – Ballots will be sent electronically to all members in each district holding an election.
- The polls will remain open from Friday, October 2, 2020 to October 9, 2020.
- Voting officially closes at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020 and the results are announced as soon as the results are confirmed and the candidates have been notified.
How do I run for election if I am interested? What is the process?
You must meet all of the eligibility criteria and complete and submit the nomination form online by September 25, 2020 at 1600. As part of the nomination form you must have three eligible respiratory therapists from your district nominate you. In general, to be eligible as a nominator you must be a Member-in-good-standing of the CRTO (i.e., not in default of payment for any fees or the subject of a discipline or incapacity proceeding) and hold a current General or Limited certificate of registration. Full eligibility criteria can be found in Article 16 of the CRTO By-Laws.Once you have completed the online nomination form, the CRTO will confirm your eligibility. It is best to submit the online nomination in advance of the September 25, 2020 deadline to avoid any potential issues (i.e., login or Internet connection issues).
You will be asked to submit a candidate’s statement, a photograph of yourself and complete the record of affiliation as part of the nomination form. The 500-word candidate’s statement should cover your skills and experience and may include information about why you are interested in running for a Council or Non-Council Committee position.
The candidate’s statement and photograph will be posted to the online election portal where voters can go to learn more about you and to vote.
Note: You may wish to complete answers in a word document you can save then copy answers to the online form in case of any Internet/connection issues.
Can I nominate someone else for one of the Council / Committee positions?
There is not an option to nominate someone else for a Council/Committee position. You would need to approach the individual and encourage him/her to submit a nomination form, at which point you could support the nomination.
Given the commitment required, we want to ensure that anyone who is up for election has a desire to be involved and appreciates what the role entails.
How will I know if my nomination is approved?
After receiving your completed online nomination form, you will be contacted to confirm your eligibility via email.
If I am elected, how soon after the election would I take office?
New Council Members will attend their first Council meeting on December 4, 2020. Non-Council Committee Members can attend one paid council meeting a year. There will also be an orientation session scheduled at the CRTO in late October or early November.
How do I vote?
All Respiratory Therapists eligible to vote in districts 3, 4 and 6, for the 2020 election, will receive a secure email from our electronic voting system that allows them to vote one-time in their electoral district.
All voting will be conducted online using a two-step ballot. You will receive the first email allowing you to vote online starting October 2, 2020 and after casting your vote you will receive a second email to confirm your vote. Until you confirm your vote it is not complete. You will have until October 9, 2020 at 1600 hrs to complete the voting process.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
You can contact:
Kevin Taylor, Registrar & CEO
Phone: (416) 591-7800 ext. 21