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Council Elections

What's Council?

Council is CNO’s board of directors, and it’s comprised of nurses and members of the public. Together, they have one goal: to protect the public. Council makes important decisions that shape the regulation of nursing and promote public safety. 

Is council for me?

If you’re passionate about patient care, then sitting on Council will be a personally and professionally rewarding experience. It’s also a significant accountability.

Step 1: Verify you’re eligible to participate in this by-election

A spot has opened up on Council that must be filled by an RPN in the Northwestern district. Usually, Council elections are held in the fall, with each electoral district holding an election every three years. Due to the resignation of a sitting Council member, we are holding this by-election to fill the empty position.

Only RPNs working or living in the Northwestern district, which is comprised of the territorial districts of Rainy River, Thunder Bay and Kenora, are eligible to participate in this by-election. If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, check your email inbox — we sent all eligible RPNs an email on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

You can also learn more about the electoral districts by reading AM I IN THE NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT?

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

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 referred to the Discipline or Fitness to Practise committee
  • Being disqualified by Council from serving on Council or a committee in the last three years.

Step 2: Watch is Council right for me? 
If you are considering putting your name forward for election, your next step is to learn about CNO’s Council. Review the information about Council, watch the brief video series, consider the time commitment and reflect on the questions. This information will help you decide if becoming a member of Council is right for you. The video series takes about nine minutes to watch.

Step 3: Review the board profile and reflect on your own skills and attributes 
To see if you have what it takes, review our list of career knowledge and experience, functional skills, and our affinity and character attributes. No one person will have them all, but you should be able to identify and articulate which skills and attributes from the list you will bring to Council.

Step 4: Reflect on your availability 
Participating on Council requires you to devote time. If elected, in addition to serving on Council, you will be expected to serve on a statutory committee. You can expect to participate in meetings 1-3 days per month.

You will need to be able to review materials in an online portal (CNO will provide equipment and training) and to actively participate in zoom meetings in a space that offers privacy and where you will not be interrupted.

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

Step 5: Complete your nomination form

Download and complete your candidate nomination form.

An important part of completing your nomination process is getting the signatures of two nominators. Your nominators must be:

  • RPNs (nominators must be in the same class as the person they are nominating)
  • in the same electoral district as you (Northwestern district)
  • currently registered with CNO
  • not in default of payment of any fees

The deadline to submit your candidate nomination form is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 5, 2021. Email the completed form to elections@cnomail.org

Am I in the Northwestern district?

The Northwestern district is comprised of the territorial districts of Rainy River, Thunder Bay and Kenora. We sent all eligible RPNs an email about the by-election on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

If you live and work in different 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 CNO’s register

Not currently working in nursing, but live in Ontario

Your home address as listed on CNO’s register

Work in nursing in another province, but live in Ontario

Your home address as listed on CNO’s register

Do not work or live in Ontario

You are not eligible to participate in the election

What is the schedule?

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Nomination period opens

Monday, July 5, 2021

Deadline for candidates to submit nomination form

Friday, July 23, 2021

Deadline for candidates to submit candidate information
and conflict of interest forms

Monday, August 23, 2021

Voting opens (Eligible voters will receive an e-mail
containing a ballot and candidate information from CNO's
election provider, Big Pulse)

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

Deadline to vote (5 p.m. EST)

Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Candidates informed of election results
Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 Deadline for candidates to request a recount
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 Results posted on cno.org


Send an email to elections@cnomail.org

Page last reviewed June 07, 2021