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The election of Council members in District No. 3 will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Voting begins on June 23, 2020.
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The College Council comprises seven social workers and seven social service workers who are elected by members of the College. Another seven Public members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. An election is held in a different district in May of each year.

Schedule of Council elections

Electoral District Next Election
Electoral District No. 1 2022
Electoral District No. 2 2022
Electoral District No. 3 2020
Electoral District No. 4 2021
Electoral District No. 5 2022

Eligibility for election

A member is eligible for election as a Councillor if, on the date of nomination, the member:

  • Holds a general certificate of registration for social work or social service work; a member is only eligible for nomination in the membership category in which the member holds a general certificate of registration;
  • Is nominated in the electoral district where they practise either social work or social service work OR if the member is not practising or is not practising in Ontario, the member must reside in the electoral district in which the member is nominated;
  • Is not in default of payment of any fees;
  • Does not hold an inactive or retired certificate of registration;
  • Has not had a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity against them in the three years preceding the date of nomination;
  • Is not the subject of a disciplinary or incapacity proceeding;
  • Is not the subject of a complaint in the form prescribed by the bylaws, an investigation by the Registrar or a statutory or non-statutory committee of the Council (Committee of the Council), or an inquiry by the Registrar or a Committee of the Council unless the Chair of the Election Committee has otherwise determined the member is eligible for election;
  • Holds a certificate of registration that has not been revoked or suspended in the six years before the date of nomination as a result of a professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity proceeding;
  • Holds a certificate of registration that is not subject to a term, condition or limitation arising from a professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity matter;
  • Is not an employee of the College and has not been an employee of the College in the 12 months prior to the date of nomination;
  • Is not an employee of any professional association involving social work or social service work or an employee of any collective bargaining unit involving social work or social service work and has not been an employee of such professional association or collective bargaining unit in the 12 months prior to the date of nomination;
  • Is not a candidate for a position on, nor a member of, the provincial governing body (including any local chapter) of any professional association involving social work or social service work and has not been a member of such provincial governing body (including any local chapter) in the 12 months prior to the date of nomination;
  • Is not a candidate for a position on, nor a member of, the executive of any collective bargaining unit involving social work or social service work and has not been a member of such executive in the 12 months prior to the date of nomination;
  • Has not served as a Council member for 10 consecutive years, unless a period of three years has expired since the end of the Council member’s last term of office;
  • Is a Council member and, if re-elected, the Council member would be able to serve for the full term of office without the maximum permitted number of consecutive years of service (that is, 10 consecutive years) expiring during that term;
  • Is not a Council member who has previously been disqualified from sitting on Council;
  • Has not previously been disqualified from sitting on a Committee of the Council;
  • Has not been exempted in 2020 from payment of any portion of the registration fee as provided in Section 3.06 of the Fees By-law;1 and
  • Has not been exempted in 2020 from payment of any portion of the annual fee as provided in Section 4.07 of the Fees By-law.1

A member who is registered in both membership categories may only run for election as either a social worker or a social service worker.

1Sections 3.06 and 4.07 of the Fees By-law provide an exemption from payment of a portion of the registration fee and a portion of the annual fee to a person who is a member of an out-of-province regulatory authority provided that, among other things, the person agrees to restrict their practice in Ontario exclusively to electronic social work practice to clients in Ontario delivered from outside Ontario.

Nominations

120 days before the election date, the Registrar sends written notice to every member who is eligible to vote of the deadline for returning nominations to the College, the date of the election and the nomination procedure and provides each eligible member with a nomination form.

Voting

A member who is a social worker may vote only for candidates who are social workers and a member who is a social service worker may vote only for candidates who are social service workers. In each case, a member in good standing (at least 60 days before the election) is entitled to vote at an election of Councillors. Additionally, a practising member may only vote in a district in which, at least 60 days before the election, the member principally practises or, for non-practising members, where the member principally resides.

A member who is both a social worker and a social service worker must, at least 60 days before each election, advise the Registrar of the membership category in which the member intends to vote at that election.

To elect a candidate to Council, eligible voters may cast a ballot (provided by the Registrar) either by mail or electronic means. The voting system is designed to be secure and to protect the confidentiality of member’s votes.

Term of office

The term of office for a Councillor is three years. A Councillor may serve for more than one consecutive term but no longer than 10 consecutive years.