Council Eligibility Requirements and Deadlines

August 9, 2018

The next election to the College Council will be held on December 12, 2018.  Self-nomination forms and other information will be posted on the College’s website in September. A link to the information and forms will be sent out to all members by email in early October. 

If you wish to run for Council you need to know about the new eligibility requirements and deadlines. 

  1. To be eligible to run you must first successfully complete an online training program on the duties, obligations and expectations of Council and committee. This online course takes about one hour to complete.  All potential candidates must complete this requirement even if they currently serve on the College Council or a committee or have done previously.  To run, you must complete the course by October 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm, which is also the deadline for receipt of nominations.  The Executive or Nominating Committee may consider the candidate’s results from the course when nominating committee members for approval by Council.
  2. Council has tightened some other eligibility criteria for the upcoming election. For example, members who have a finding of guilt by a Discipline Committee or criminal court are not eligible to run for election.  However, Council recognized that there must be room for exceptions.   An Eligibility Review Committee (ERC), composed of external Registrars from other regulatory bodies, will review written requests from potential candidates to be deemed eligible to stand for election in some circumstances where they might be barred.  The ERC may consider making exceptions when: 
    • The member has been found to have committed professional misconduct by the Discipline Committee or by a discipline committee in any jurisdiction relating to dentistry or any other profession
    • The member has a notation on the Register of an undertaking provided to the College in relation to a matter involving the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports (ICR) or Discipline Committee
    • The member is currently the subject of an undertaking provided to the College in relation to a fitness to practise (incapacity/health) matter
    • The member has a notation of a finding of professional negligence or malpractice made against the member by a court
    • The member has a finding of guilt as an adult under the Criminal Code (Canada) or the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (Canada)
    • The member has a finding of guilt as an adult under any provincial statute for which the member received a sentence of jail or imprisonment
    • The member has been ordered to attend for a caution or required to complete a specified continuing education or remediation program by a panel of the ICR Committee on or after October 1, 2015 (no application may be made if the matter was in relation to the maintaining of professional boundaries).

The ERC will only consider such cases when:

  • at least five years have elapsed since the event or conduct that caused the member not to be eligible. 
  • it is satisfied that a reasonable person, knowing all of the facts, would not consider the presence of the member on Council or any of its committees as impairing the public’s trust in the College.

The deadline to make a written request for consideration by the ERC is Monday August 27 at 4:00 pm.  These requests should be sent to the attention of the College Registrar, Irwin Fefergrad at ifefergrad@rcdso.org who will forward them to the ERC. 

Before making a written request, you should review By-law 7, specifically article 7.2.4 to article 7.2.8, which is available on the College’s website .

For more information, contact Irwin Fefergrad at ifefergrad@rcdso.org , 416-934-5625 or 1-800-565-4591x5625 or Dayna Simon at dsimon@rcdso.org or 416-934-5618 or 1-800-565-4591x5618.