September 2023

Opportunities to contribute to public safety available soon

You can soon apply to promote safe nursing practice by joining a committee or Council.

Join a CNO committee or Council. It’s the best way you can protect the public by promoting safe nursing practice in Ontario!

Applications for committee vacancies and the Council election process will open in the coming weeks.

Nurses from all practice areas are encouraged to apply for committee roles. Currently, there are vacancies on the Discipline Committee and on the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee. We will notify you in The Standard and on social media platforms when committee applications are available.

Council roles will be available for select geographic regions: Southwestern District (two RNs or NPs, one RPN), Central Western District (two RNs or NPs, one RPN), and Central/Toronto District (one RPN). All eligible nurses will receive an email notifying them that they can run for Council. CNO Council elections rotate geographically so different areas are available each year.

It’s a commitment to serve on committees or Council, but nurses also find that the opportunity to apply their professional knowledge, skill and judgment in these areas makes a rewarding contribution to safe nursing practice across Ontario.

What's Involved

CNO anticipates that most of our committee and Council meetings will be held virtually for the foreseen future; in the event that they take place at our offices in Toronto, we cover the expenses involved.

The amount of time needed to devote to each committee varies, and you can find more details on the committee page on our website.

Council meets quarterly, and there are occasional special meetings too. Council sets the direction for the regulation of the nursing profession in Ontario, and establishes the goals, objectives and CNO’s policies according to the governing legislation. You can learn more about it on our Council page.

CNO will onboard you thoroughly to your new role, if you are appointed to a committee or are elected to Council. Serving in this capacity can be an excellent way to gain governance and leadership experience.

While the details of different committees can vary, they all serve the public interest and provide an opportunity to learn about and contribute to safe nursing practice in Ontario.

The process to be elected to Council or appointed to a committee begins in Fall 2023. Members are then elected or appointed in the first quarter of 2024 and take office in June 2024. 

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