Changes to College governance
Bill 78 and regulations made under the College’s Act contain changes to the governance of the College of Teachers that affect the upcoming election of Council members.
The maximum time on Council for councillors has been shortened by the new legislation to seven from 10 years, which means new councillors will be eligible to serve for two terms plus one year. The additional year ensures that Council members can continue to serve if it is necessary to extend the term of a Council.
The new legislation also requires that a Public Interest Committee be established, to be composed of three to five non-College members who will advise the Council on issues related to the regulation of the teaching profession in the public interest.
The election regulation stipulates that each candidate for a system or regional position must be a classroom teacher, defined as a College member in good standing who is employed as part of a board’s regular teaching staff or is on a board’s occasional list, and who does not hold and is not on leave to any position outside of the regular teaching staff.
Conflict-of-interest guidelines exclude any member of the College from serving on Council who is an elected or appointed official of specified education organizations at the provincial level or president of the organization at the local level.
If you are a successful candidate for a Council position, you will be required to take an oath of office before assuming your Council-member responsibilities.
The oath of office states that the guiding principle of a Council member’s duties is to serve and protect the public interest.
After the election, those elected must report in writing to the Registrar the amounts and sources of all election contributions, including contributions of goods or services in kind.
The election regulation is posted on the College web site.