Council Elections

The College will hold an e-election in January and February 2018. E-voting will take place for RNs, RPNs and NPs in the Southwestern and Central Western electoral districts, and RPNs in the Central/Toronto electoral district.

Find out more about the election and the role of Council: 

Electoral district 1, Southwestern District

Composed of the counties of Elgin, Essex, Huron, Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, Oxford and Perth.  

  • 2 RNs (includes NPs) and 1 RPN will be elected

Electoral district 2, Central Western District

Composed of the counties of Brant, Bruce, Grey, Wellington and Dufferin, and the regional municipalities of Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton-Wentworth, Niagara and Waterloo.

  • 2 RNs (includes NPs) and 1 RPN will be elected

Electoral district 9, Central/Toronto District

Composed of the municipality of metropolitan Toronto, the County of Simcoe and the regional municipalities of Halton, Peel and York.

  • 1 RPN will be elected

Electoral district map
Find your electoral district:


Your electoral district is based on:

Work in nursing in Ontario.

Your primary employer’s address as listed on the College’s register.

Not currently working in nursing, but live in Ontario.

Your home address as listed on the College’s register.

Work in nursing in another province, but live in Ontario.

Your home address as listed on the College’s register.

Do not work or live in Ontario.

You are not eligible to participate in the election.

To be eligible to run as a candidate, you must:

  • Be nominated in writing (using the nomination form) by two members in the same district and category.
  • Be a member of the General or Extended Class.
  • Work/reside in an electoral district where the election is taking place.
  • Hold a certificate of registration that:
    • is not subject to terms, conditions or limitations
    • has not been revoked or suspended in the six years before the election for any reason other than non-payment of fees.
  • Not be subject to any professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity finding in the past three years.
  • Not have been disqualified by Council from serving on Council or on a committee in the three years before the election date.
  • Review and confirm that you can meet the expectations set out in the Conduct of Councillors and committee members by-law. And complete and file a Conflict of Interest form (provided by the College on receipt of nomination) by the deadline set by the College.

  • Be able to work electronically. To reduce the risk of privacy breaches, starting in 2018, materials for Council and committees will only be available electronically. Education and support will be provided.

It is a privilege to be elected to Council, but it is also a significant commitment. If elected, your term will run from June 2018 to June 2021. (In 2021, the College will implement a new governance vision with a smaller Council, so it is possible that your term will be shorter.)

Council meets for one day or one and a half days, four times a year. Currently, every Council member also serves on one statutory committee, and may also participate on a standing committee. If you run for Council, you must be prepared to serve on a statutory committee as well. (Participation on statutory committees may change as a result of the new governance vision or the government’s review of the composition of statutory committees.)

The College provides Council and committee members with a daily stipend of $260 for attending meetings. In specific circumstances, the College also provides a daily stipend for preparatory time and travel. Travel expenses are covered within specific policies.

Candidates should be aware of the time commitment involved for the College's committees:


Meeting Day

Preparatory Time


Half day per quarter

1/2 day

Inquiries, Complaints & Reports

-One day per month
-Brief teleconferences may be held between meetings, if required.

Full committee:
-One orientation day per year
-One education day per year

2 days


Hearing Panels:
-Average of three to five days every two months (varies depending on availability of members and number of hearings)
-Hearings range from one to four days in length.
Full committee:
-Two one-day meetings each year (spring and fall)


Fitness to Practise

Hearing Panels:
-One to two days every other month
-Six to nine conference calls per year
Full committee:
-One orientation day

None for hearings,
1/4 day for teleconferences

Quality Assurance

Panel teleconferences every other month
Full committee:
-One orientation day

¼ to ½ day

Registration One day every other month plus regular conference calls
Full committee:
-One orientation day 
1.5 days per day of meeting

If you are considering running for election, discuss the time commitment (including travel) with those who may be affected, such as your employer. If elected, it is important that you are available to participate on Council and committees.





October 20

Notice of election and nomination paper emailed to all members eligible to vote and posted on

November 24

 Nominations close at midnight.

December 8

Candidate information and conflict of interest form due at the College.



January 23

Voting opens! Link to ballot and candidate information sent by email to all eligible voters.

February 6

Election day: Ballots must be cast by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

February 7

Election results sent to candidates by email.

February 21

Deadline for requests for recounts.

February 22

Deadline for recounts passed. Election results confirmed by Election and Appointments Committee.

February 23

Election results posted on


Contact Jenna Hofbauer, Council Affairs Coordinator; 416 928-0900, ext. 7566; 1 800 387-5526, ext. 7566

Page last reviewed October 19, 2017