Feedback deadline was: February 15, 2020
At its December 2019 meeting, Council proposed amendments to the College’s By-Law No. 5 to enable changes to the governance structure of the College. Council has also proposed amendments that would put in place annual cost of living fee increases.
The College is posting these by-law changes for open consultation for a period of 60 days, after which Council will receive a report on the input received through the consultation for consideration at the next Council meeting in March. To ensure that we have a complete and accurate record of all feedback submitted to the College on this matter and that this is done in a transparent manner, please review the resources listed at the bottom of this page and submit your feedback through the form.
NEW: Read the Frequently Asked Questions to address some common questions and concerns related to the consultation.
Summary of Governance Changes
For more information about Governance Renewal and why Council has focused on implementing these changes, please visit the Governance Renewal Key Initiative Page or check out the Infographic – Governance Renewal.
1. Reduction in Council Size to allow for parity of public and professional members
- Total number of Council members will be reduced from 28 to 20 (the minimum required by the Pharmacy Act) with nine elected members (two as pharmacy technicians), nine public members (appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council of Ontario) and the two deans of the universities (University of Toronto and University of Waterloo).
2. Shift to a competency-based Council from a regionally-based one
- Council will shift from the current geographical districts for the election of Council members to having a Council that reflects various patient populations, such as acute, urban, rural, northern, and Indigenous. Candidates who wish to run for election will need to have demonstrated experience in serving the specified patient populations.
- Candidates seeking election will be required to list their skills, knowledge and experience against the desired competencies approved by Council.
- A more robust and transparent qualification process to run for election, including the screening of applications by an independent committee.
- Creation of a Screening Committee and a Governance Committee to replace the current Elections and Nominating Committees.
3. Separation of Council and statutory committees
- Elected council members will only be appointed to the Discipline Committee (as required in legislation) but no other statutory committees to maintain a separation between Council and committees and to reflect that these roles may require distinct competencies and skills.
- In addition to the current use of non-Council committee members (who are pharmacy professionals), the College will also recruit lay committee appointees (members of the public) as needed to ensure the public voice.
4. Other Changes
- Limiting the terms of office for elected Council members to a maximum of two consecutive three year terms.
- Changing the name of Council to be the Board of Directors; individual Council members will be called either Elected or Public Directors, the President will be known as Chair and the Vice President will be known as Vice Chair.
- Members will now be known as “Registrants”.
- Initiating a taxable honorarium for Council and committee members.
Cost of Living Fee Adjustments
For more information on fees, please see the fact sheet.
Council has proposed by-law amendments that would see the fees prescribed in Schedule D of the By-Law (for registrants, applicants and pharmacies) increased each year by the percentage increase, if any, in the consumer price index (CPI) for goods and services in Canada as published by Statistics Canada. For example, for the last five years, the annual percentage change of the CPI has ranged between 1.1% and 2.3%. This change would take effect for 2021 renewal fees.
Implementing a cost-of-living fee adjustment would help prevent the need for future large increases in fees over a single year. In 2018, College Council proposed a 25% increase in all fees; however, the required increase for registrant renewal fees would be phased in over two years (2019 annual renewal and 2020 annual renewal fees would each increase by 12.5%). Previous to this increase, registrant fees had not increased for nine years.
As discussed at the September 2019 Council meeting, the proposal to switch to an annual cost of living fee increase is a result of reflection on the feedback received from the consultation on the 2018 fee increases. Nearly half of health regulators in Ontario have already implemented by-laws to allow for annual increases tied to the CPI.
Decisions to raise fees are never taken lightly, but are guided by our obligations as a regulator to serve and protect the public. The College has and will continue to identify and act on efficiencies and new processes to streamline our work, such as the recent implementation of a discipline cost recovery model to increase the proportion of discipline costs that are recovered from subjects of disciplinary processes to decrease the financial burden on the rest of the profession.
Please note: As the College develops regulations, By-Laws, policies and programs, it is important that we hear feedback from registrants, stakeholders and the public through public consultation.
The College has recently changed its consultation template so that all feedback is posted as individual comments to enable more focused and productive feedback on the topic of the consultation and avoid comments that provide limited insight or commentary into the feedback (i.e. “I agree.”). When the College collates and analyzes the feedback received through a consultation to identify themes, it is also important that we are able to examine and categorize a comment individually, rather than its content being tied to a previous comment or conversation. That way we are able to consistently ensure that all comments received through the feedback and equally understood and considered.
As always, the College strongly encourages registrants and other stakeholders to provide their feedback through the consultation page. To ensure transparency and encourage open dialogue, the feedback received is posted in accordance with posting guidelines. All feedback is posted for the duration of the consultation for public viewing and comments and is archived on the website for future reference.