About Council Elections

The College regulates and ensures the on-going improvement of naturopathic doctors in order to protect and serve the public interest. The College protects Ontarian’s rights to safe, competent and ethical care by supporting naturopathic doctors to maintain the standards of practice of the profession and by holding them accountable for their conduct and practice.

The College of Naturopaths of Ontario is one of 26 health regulatory colleges in Ontario that are established as self-regulating professions.  This means first, that naturopathic doctors are involved in determining the rules that govern the profession, i.e. they are members of Council.  Second, self-regulation means that naturopathic doctors are accountable for their own conduct, i.e. they are accountable to self-regulate, with the College providing assistance and oversight.

A Council, similar to a board of directors, directs the work of the College.  The role of Council is to represent the interest of the public. The Council is made up of naturopathic doctors (who have been elected by their peers) and members of the public (who have been appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario).

The College is given its mandate to regulate naturopathic practice in Ontario and give health-care consumers a strong voice in the regulation, through the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).

When the Members of the profession elect a peer to sit on the Council, they do so because they believe that the individual for whom they vote is best able to represent the public interest.  Elected Councillors are not beholden to the Members who elect them but rather to the public of Ontario.  When an individual seeks to be elected to the Council, they do so because they believe that they can make sound, reasoned, decisions that serve the public’s interest.

It is the RHPA that gives the College its mandate to regulate the practice of naturopathic doctors and gives health-care consumers a strong voice in the regulation of naturopaths by requiring an equitable balance of public appointees and elected professionals on the Council.

Initial Election and Future Election Schedules

In order to establish a staggered election schedule for the future, the initial election held in 2015 covered all eight Districts and elected members for varied terms pursuant to the By-laws.  ​ This election occurred in October 2015.

Future election of Members to Council shall be held on a date determined by the Registrar between January and March, inclusive, of each year, according to the following schedule,

i) there shall be an election for electoral districts 2 (South), 4 (Toronto East), 6 (North Central) in 2015 and every third year thereafter
ii) there shall be an election for electoral districts 1 (West), 3 (Toronto West), and 5 (South Central) in 2015, again in 2016 and every third year thereafter; and
iii) there shall be an election for electoral districts 7 (East) and 8 (North) in 2015, again in 2017 and every third year thereafter.

Election Handbook

The election process is governed by the College's by-laws and Election Handbook.  The Handbook is updated annually to reflect the specific districts for which an election is being held and the specific dates for the required steps in the process.  The current Election Handbook may be found in the Resource Centre of the website.