Election and By-Election Call
On October 4, 2022, the College will hold elections in the following Electoral Districts.
- Electoral District #1 - includes licensed members residing in the counties of Essex, Kent, Lambton and Middlesex
- Electoral District #3 – includes licensed members residing in the counties of Oxford, Perth and the regional municipality of Waterloo
- Electoral District #4 - includes licensed members employed by the University of Guelph
- Electoral District #6 – includes licensed members residing in the county of Wellington
In addition in 2022, there will be a by-election held at the same time as the general election. Due to the resignation of Dr. Annatasha Bartel, licensed members in the City of Toronto and York will be electing a new Council member who will complete a partial term of office which finishes in December 2023.
- Electoral District #10 - includes licensed members in the City of Toronto and the Regional Municipality of York.
Licensed members who live or work in the electoral district, and specified that electoral district for their voting preference, are eligible to seek election, to nominate a candidate and also to vote in the election.
Click here to learn more about your eligibility to run for Council and the role of Council.
To be a candidate, a licensed member must be nominated by two licensed members who are eligible to vote in the election. The nomination process is conducted online through a secure portal.
Nominations open on July 6.
Nominee Support – Understanding the College Commitment
The College is committed to helping candidates understand clearly what is involved with serving on Council. Viewing the video series, “Understanding the College Commitment,” is mandatory for all Council candidates.
The videos cover:
The role of a councillor
The concept of public interest
The work of College Council
Councillor Code of Conduct
Return on Investment
Time commitment and Compensation
Supports and Resources
Click here for an overview of "Understanding the College Commitment." When your nomination form has been submitted, you will be sent links to two additional videos which provide greater insight on the role of a Council member and the College mandate.
When does Council meet?
There are generally four Council meetings a year. While meetings have been conducted virtually for the past two years, traditionally Council meetings are held in Guelph. Meetings are usually held in March, June, September and December. These meetings are open to the public and the agenda materials are posted electronically on a portal that is used by Council and Committee members. If elected, you will also be asked to sit on College Committees and Discipline Panels.
If I am elected, when do I take office?
Your first Council meeting following the election is December 2022. You will officially join Council after its annual meeting in December.
How long is my commitment?
Following a general election, the term of office is three years.
Am I compensated for time away from my practice?
Council and committee members are reimbursed for expenses, such as travel, accommodation and meals, that are incurred while carrying out College business. There is also a per diem of $600 for each whole meeting day and $300 for a half day. Preparation time may also be claimed at $600 for Council and $300 for Committee.
What's on the agenda?
Council provides an opportunity to engage with your colleagues and public interest representatives in discussions and decision-making concerning the implementation of the Veterinarians Act in the province.
Agendas are always full and varied but a few of the priorities in the coming year include:
- continuing work to modernize the legislative oversight of the profession
- finalizing the priorities in Strategy 2026
- piloting the new model for the accreditation of facilities
- forging new relationships and improving communications with the profession and the public
- providing leadership to veterinary initiatives which promote public and animal health and welfare
I’m interested. How do I go about running for election?
It is quite straightforward. You will receive a link to a nomination form early in July. Complete the online nomination form, including two seconders, on or before the deadline of August 19, 2022 at 4 p.m. (EST).
Does the College assist with my election campaign?
Once the nominations close, you can receive two sets of mailing labels for all the veterinarians who are eligible to vote in your electoral district. The College does not provide candidates with e-mail addresses for veterinarians.
When the election ballot is circulated to eligible voters, the College includes brief biographical information on all nominees.
If I still have questions?
The College’s Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Jan Robinson, is always available to answer any of your questions. You can contact her by email at email@example.com.