College Council Elections

The College of Optometrists is guided by the decisions and policies made through our Council and Committees. The College Council serves as a board of directors and is responsible for setting policies in the public interest. Committees are responsible for ensuring those policies are implemented and enforced.

Frequently Asked Questions

What am I expected to do if I am elected to Council?

Elected Council members are expected to attend all Council meetings, which are generally held four times per year (March, June, September and December) at the College office in Toronto or virtually, when in person is not possible. Additional teleconferences may be called in between Council meetings as needed.

Council members will be appointed to one or more committees, which hold meetings and teleconferences throughout the year.

Time commitments vary depending on appointments, but members can expect at least 7-14 days per year.

What criteria must I meet to run for an election?

Optometrists must submit the self-nomination form no later than 30 days before the election.

Optometrists must reside and/or practice optometry in the district in which they are seeking election.

Members must be in good standing with the College to run in the election.

When do elections take place?

Elections are generally called in the fall, no later than the end of November each year.

A call for self-nominations is made at least 60 days before the election date.

Elections take place in different districts in different years, and only members who are eligible to run in a particular election will be invited to submit nominations.

What information can I provide optometrists in my district following my self-nomination?

Nominees cannot send out information directly to other optometrists.

Nominees are asked to provide the College with a short biography that outlines their academic, practice and volunteer experience (250-word maximum).

The College will also ask each nominee to provide a statement (100 words or less) that sets out how they propose to ensure public protection if elected. These statements:

  • should reflect an understanding of the College’s public-interest mandate and should not be an effort at advocacy or self-promotion;
  • should not suggest that Council members represent optometrists in their district, as they actually represent the members of the public of their district; and
  • will be reviewed. Nominees will be asked to revise any statement that is inappropriate.

Biographies and statements will be publicly available on the College website in advance of voting.

 

What Can I Expect to Do if I Am Elected to Council?

Elected Council members are expected to attend all Council meetings, which are generally held four times per year (January, April, June, and September) at the College office in Toronto. Additional teleconferences may be called in between Council meetings as needed. Council members may be appointed to one or more Committees, which hold meetings and teleconferences throughout the year.

Can I be involved with a College committee instead of running for an elected position on Council?

If you are interested in participating on a statutory committee, you can apply as a non-Council Committee member rather than running for a seat on Council.

Volunteer applications are due in the fall.