This consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback.
We are inviting public comments on proposed changes to the College of Midwives of Ontario’s General By-law. Changes include increasing the standard that we hold Council members to by requiring those seeking positions on Council and Committees to meet new criteria for eligibility and undergo training; and allowing members of the public to join College Committees. We believe these changes create a stronger and more knowledgeable Council and Committees, serving the public interest.
The major changes to the General By-law are summarized below, and you can read the line-by-line changes on the document here. You can share your comments at the bottom of this page.
Council is considering changes to the eligibility criteria for nomination to Council, appointment to Committees as well as disqualification criteria of sitting Council members.
Under the proposed changes criminal charges, findings of criminal guilt, as well as cautions ordered by the ICRC would be included as criteria for ineligibility or disqualification. The requirement to complete a Specified Continuing Education and Remediation Program, however, would only make a candidate ineligible if it was completed within the past three years, as these activities are considered remedial and not punitive. All of the new criteria can be found under article 5.08 Eligibility for Election, 6.12 Eligibility for Appointment, and 9.02 Disqualification of Council Members.
The proposed criteria aligns with Article 14 of the General Bylaw, which was approved by Council at its June meeting.
Ontario families must have trust in Council members’ and non-council members’ personal and professional conduct, as these decision makers are accountable to the public. We believe that by holding decision makers to high and achievable standards, we are ensuring public trust in Council.
In the effort to improve Council’s competency, a training program related to the duties, obligations, and expectations of Council and Committee members is being developed by the College. This could include requiring completion of the College delivered course (i.e. via Online module, for example) as an eligibility requirement for election and appointment.
If approved, Council may consider approving previously attended Council orientation training and experience on Council as equivalent to the training program for existing/former Council members who choose to run for subsequent elections or choose to apply for non-council appointments.
In the College’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, Public Participation & Engagement was identified as one of the strategic priorities. Council also committed to increasing public involvement in the College’s governance structure and in the design of the College’s regulatory work. We believe that the appointment of non-Council public members demonstrates the College’s commitment to public engagement and will bring the voices of the clients and the public into decisions that are relevant to them.
The proposed changes also address gender inclusive language and general improvements for clarity and cohesion with the College’s governance policies.
We’re inviting midwives, members of the public, and our stakeholders to share your thoughts on the proposed changes. You can leave a comment here on our website, and send us a letter or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are posting a comment to our website please review the posting guidelines here. We will accept comments until the end of day on August 21, 2018.