Council Elections

The nomination period for 2019 Council elections has closed.


Why run for Council?

The College’s only mandate is to protect the public. Council is the College’s board of directors and makes important decisions that shape the regulation of nursing.

A message from Council President, Cheryl Evans:

Like you, I am incredibly proud to be a nurse. As nurses, we have the amazing opportunity on a daily basis to make a difference in people’s lives. We are privileged to be part of the lives of our clients and their families in moments of joy, success, challenge and crisis.
By participating in nursing regulation, we have an opportunity to ensure that all Ontarians receive the best possible nursing care. We all participate in nursing regulation by being accountable for our actions and by ensuring we have the necessary knowledge, skill, and judgement to practice safely. By serving on the College’s Council, you can contribute to broader decision-making that shapes the regulation of nursing and promotes public safety and confidence in the profession. It is an opportunity to truly make a difference!

Is Council for me?

Council has adopted a revolutionary vision to modernize its governance. As part of this governance journey, Council has identified the competencies and attributes that future members of the board should bring to Council. The list is aspirational and is meant to be met by the board collectively. No one person is expected to have all competencies.

If you are thinking about running for election or nominating a colleague, reflect on the competencies and attributes and which of them you would bring to Council. If you become a candidate, the College will be asking you to respond to key competencies and attributes in your candidate information.

If you are passionate about patient safety and quality nursing care, this could be your opportunity to make a difference.

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

Electoral Districts

Here’s how to find your electoral district.

If you...

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

Which districts are holding elections in 2019?

Council elections will be held in the following electoral districts. Review the table below to find out if you are eligible vote, run for election or nominate a colleague. 

map of electoral districts 7,8 and 9

Electoral District 7: Toronto 

Composed of the municipality of metropolitan Toronto.

  • 2 RNs (or NPs) will be elected 

Electoral District 8: Central 

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

  • 2 RNs (or NPs) will be elected 

Electoral District 3: Central Eastern

Composed of the counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Lanark, Northumberland, Peterborough, Prince Edward, Victoria and Haliburton, the united counties of Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, and the regional municipality of Durham.

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

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

  • Be nominated in writing by two members in the same district and nursing category as you
  • Be registered with the College in the General or Extended (NP) Class
  • Work or live in an electoral district that is holding an election this year
  • Complete a conflict of interest form. We will provide this to you when we receive your nomination.

The following disqualifies you from running for Council:

  • Any terms, conditions, or limitations on your registration with the College
  • Any revocation or suspension of your registration within the last six years, for any reason other than non-payment of fees
  • Any professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity findings in the past three years
  • Being disqualified by Council from serving on Council or a committee in the last three years.

It is a privilege to be elected to Council, but it is also a significant commitment.

Council holds two-day meetings four times a year. If elected, your term will be from June 2019 to June 2022. However, the College is implementing a new governance vision which includes reducing the size of Council by 2020. Depending on when the government makes the legislative changes needed to implement this, the term of office for members elected in 2019 may be shortened.  

Council meetings are at the College’s offices in central Toronto. The College provides Council and committee members with a daily stipend of $260 for attending meetings. The College also covers travel expenses, and in specific circumstances provides a stipend for preparatory time and travel.

Currently, every Council member serves on one statutory committee, and may also participate on a standing committee. If you run for Council, you need to be prepared to participate in a committee. Council will appoint new members to a committee in March 2019.  


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 to 2 days per 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 19

Nominations open. CNO will email election info to all eligible members

November 23

 Nominations close at midnight

December 8

Candidate information and conflict of interest form due



January 22

Voting opens. Big Pulse (online voting software) will email candidate information and a link to the online ballot to eligible members

February 6

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

February 7

CNO will email results to candidates

February 21

Deadline for candidates to request a recount

February 23

Election results posted on


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Page last reviewed October 19, 2018