Governing Ourselves

Governing Ourselves informs members of legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession. This section provides updates on licensing and qualification requirements, notification of Council resolutions and reports from various Council committees, including reports on accreditation and discipline matters.

New building

The College is moving next year

The Bay subway station is just steps from the new College building.

The College is moving to a new address in 2011. The move will happen over two months to ensure that College services are disrupted as little as possible.

The College will carry on business at the old address through to January 31, 2011. After February 1 the doors to the College’s new home will be officially open for business.

As these doors open, out go fears of fluctuating rents in a volatile commercial real estate market. College members – as owners – will have a hedge against rising future facility costs.

The march along Bloor Street from 121 Bloor Street East – the College’s one and only home for the past 13 years – to 101 Bloor Street West gives College members equity. The move also keeps the College close to Queen’s Park and other education stakeholders.

The $28.7 million purchase price, including improvements, solidifies future College costs for housing. The cost of leasing space at the College’s long-time home are expected to double when the lease expires in 2012.

The new location provides convenient access for members, applicants and College staff. It is steps from the Bay and Bloor-Yonge subway stations, which serve commuters from all compass points in the Greater Toronto Area.

Although the College will command a majority interest in the building, it will share the facility with other tenants. Commercial retailers have street-level frontage, while the Ministry of Children and Youth Services will occupy floors two through six.

Following the lead of teacher federations and other regulators who have opted to own their buildings, the College Council’s decision to buy was seen as the best option against future financial pressures. The purchase will cost roughly $6 per member per year. Estimated costs to continue to lease, by comparison, ran between $6 and $8 per member per year.