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Council Eligibility and Requirements

You are eligible to run for election to the College's Council if, on the deadline for receipt of nominations, October 26, 2018 at 4 pm, you meet the following criteria:

  • You hold a general or specialty certificate of registration;

  • You are engaged in the practice of dentistry in the electoral district for which you wish to stand for election or, if you are not engaged in dental practice, you are a resident of that district;

  • You have completed and signed the College’s Election Self-Nomination & Eligibility Form and Declaration for Candidates Seeking Election or Selection to Council of the College and the College Registrar has received them on or before October 26, 2018 at 4 pm;

  • You are not in default of payment of any fees and do not otherwise owe any money to the College and/or you are not in default of completing and returning any prescribed form;

  • You do not have any terms, conditions or limitations placed on your Certificate of Registration, other than ones that are applicable to all members holding that class of certificate;

  • You are not currently the subject of any disciplinary or incapacity proceeding in any jurisdiction relating to dentistry or any other profession;

  • You are not the subject of a Registrar’s investigation under 75(1)(a) or 75(2) of the Code;

  • You are not the subject of an incapacity inquiry;

  • You have not been ordered to receive a caution or required to complete a specified continuing education or remediation program based on a decision of the Inquiries Complaints and Reports Committee, on or after October 1, 2015;

  • You have not been ordered to attend to receive a caution or been required to complete a specified continuing education or remediation program based on a decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee in connection with maintaining of professional boundaries;

  • You do not have a notation on the Register of an Undertaking in relation to a matter involving the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee or Discipline Committee or a notation of a finding of professional negligence or malpractice;

  • You are not the subject of an interim order made by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee;

  • You are not currently the subject of an Undertaking in relation to fitness to practise;

  • You have not been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Discipline Committee or by any other Discipline Committee in any jurisdiction relating to dentistry or any other profession;

  • You do not have a criminal finding of guilt as an adult under the Criminal Code (Canada) or Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) or under any provincial statue for which you received a sentence of jail or imprisonment;

  • You are not the subject of a charge under the Criminal Code (Canada) or Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada);

  • You are not the subject of an order by the Fitness to Practise Committee or any similar committee in any jurisdiction in relation to dentistry or any other profession;

  • You are not a party to any legal proceeding against the College;

  • You are not a dental consultant to a third party dental benefits provider or have not been a dental consultant to a third party dental benefits provider during the previous three years;

  • You have met all requirements relating to College quality assurance programs, including any mandatory continuing education requirement, and if you have been selected to complete it, successful completion of the Practice Enhancement Tool;

  • You have successfully completed the College’s current training program relating to the duties, obligations and expectations of Council and committee members;

  • You have never been disqualified from sitting on the council as a result of a breach of the College’s Code of Conduct for Council Members or the College’s Conflict of Interest By-Law;

  • You are not and have not been during the previous two years, an employee of, or a director or other member of the board of directors, governing council or other governing body of, officer of, or another position of responsibility with the Canadian Dental Association, Ontario Dental Association, a national or provincial dental specialty association or organization or other like national or provincial association or organization unless appointed to serve in such role by the College, or with a corporation or organization or controlled by one of these bodies;

  • You have not been a salaried employee of the College during the previous six years

Source: RCDSO By-Law No.7, Election and Selection of Councillors, article 7.2.4.

RCDSO by-laws also provide that:
  • a member may be elected to the council in four consecutive elections.
  • a member who has been elected to the council in four consecutive elections is not eligible for election until the election held in accordance with article 6.3.4 of By-law no. 6 which is more than five calendar years after the member was last elected as a member of council.
  • an election in a by-election shall be counted in determining whether a member is eligible for election under subsection article 6.2.4.
Source: RCDSO by-law No. 6, Members of Council, articles 6.2.3., 6.2.4., 6.2.5.

What if I don't meet one of the eligibility requirements?

Blanket eligibility prohibitions are not always suitable. That is why our Council created the Eligibility Review Committee (ERC), composed of external registrars from other regulatory bodies. The ERC reviews written requests from potential candidates that do not meet all the eligibility requirements, but would like the ERC to consider their eligibility to run in the Council election. For example, a candidate with historic findings by a Discipline Committee of criminal court.

For the ERC to consider a person to be eligible in such a case:

  • the time elapsed since the event or conduct that caused the member not to be eligible must be at least five years;
  • ERC 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 for a potential candidates to make a written request for consideration by the ERC was Monday August 27 at 4 pm, which all members were informed of by emails sent on August 9 and August 14. 

Source: RCDSO By-law No. 7, articles 7.2.5. to 7.2.8.2  

Why do I have to complete a training course just to be eligible?

The Council and non-Council Candidate Eligibility Course is designed for those interested in getting involved with governance of the RCDSO. It takes about one hour to complete online and will help determine if your vision and goals align with the College's values and public protection mandate. It also explains the time commitment and expectations of Council and committee members.

All potential candidates must complete this course, including those currently and previously serving on a College committee or Council.  For candidates running in the Council election, the deadline for successful completion of the course is October 26, 2018 at 4 pm. 

Questions?

Irwin Fefergrad
Registrar
ifefergrad@rcdso.org
Direct Line: 416-934-5625
Toll-free:1-800-565-4591