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The election of Council members in District No. 5 will take place on May 30, 2019.

Electoral District No. 5

  • Elects one social worker and one social service worker
  • Composed of the geographic area within the territorial boundaries of the Counties of Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, Lambton and Essex and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Call for Nominations for 2019 Election

Interested in running for Council or know someone who is? The College invites you to stand as a candidate or to nominate a candidate for election to the Council in Electoral District No. 5. We encourage you to participate in this important process, either as a candidate for election to Council, or as someone who nominates a candidate for election to Council.

Eligibility Requirements

A member of the College is eligible to stand for election as a member of Council 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  • Holds a certificate of registration that has not been revoked or suspended in the six years before the date of nomination as a result of a professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity proceeding;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; and
  • Has not previously been disqualified from sitting on a Committee of the Council.

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

Call for Nominations Package

The deadline for the College to receive a candidate’s nomination forms (Candidate’s Nomination Form, Candidate’s Certificate of Validation, Candidate’s Undertaking to Resign [where applicable], Candidate’s Biographical Summary Form, Candidate’s Statement and Candidate’s Acknowledgment) is: 5 p.m. (EST) on March 1, 2019.

The completed Nominations Package must be received by the Registrar either by:

Email: plieberman@ocswssw.org;
Fax: (416) 972-1512 – Attn: Pat Lieberman
Mail: OCSWSSW, 250 Bloor Street East, Suite 1000, Toronto, ON M4W 1E6.

If you send your forms electronically you will receive a confirmation from the College upon receipt of the nomination forms.


Role of Council

The Council is the 21-member governing body and board of directors that manages and administers the College’s affairs.

Council oversees the policy direction of the College as it fulfills its mandate to protect the public interest. This includes:

  • Developing policies to regulate the practice of social work and social service work which reflect the College’s public protection mandate.
  • Governing and managing the affairs of the College.
  • Attending and participating in Council meetings and statutory committees.

Council members are responsible for governing and managing the affairs of the College and for developing policies that regulate the professions of social work and social service work. Council members play a leadership role in the regulation of social workers and social service workers, reflecting the College’s primary duty to serve and protect the public interest while promoting high standards of practice.

What Is Involved in Being a Council Member?

  • Participation in setting policies which regulate the professions of social work and social service work;
  • Responsibility for governing and managing the affairs of the College;
  • Responsibility for investigating complaints about social workers and social service workers and for disciplining social workers and social service workers found guilty of professional misconduct.
  • Responsibility for protecting the public interest, rather than representing any particular constituency;
  • Attendance at Council meetings and meetings of one or more statutory or non-statutory committees;
  • Time commitment: Approximately 25 days per year (including Council Meetings, participation on at least one statutory committee and preparation time for Council meetings and committee meetings). The time involved varies depending on the committee. In addition, some committees require considerable preparation time at home prior to meetings;
  • All Council members receive a per diem honorarium and reimbursement of all reasonable related travel, accommodation and meal expenses;
  • The term of office is no greater than three years; a member of Council may serve for more than one consecutive term, provided that no person may serve for more than 10 consecutive years;
  • The term of office (three years) of a Council member elected in this election will end at the first regular Council meeting following the election in May 2022.

How to Vote

Members will be able to vote online. The voting system is designed to be secure and to protect the confidentiality of members’ votes. It is one that has been used successfully by other Ontario regulatory colleges. This online election process improves efficiency and reduces paper, printing and mailing costs associated with the election.

Members will be able to vote on May 1, 2019.


If you have further questions, contact Pat Lieberman by phone at (416) 972-9882 x207 or 1-877-828-9380 x207 or by email at plieberman@ocswssw.org.

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