Council Elections


Council is CNO’s board of directors. As our board, they have one job: to protect the public. Every decision they make is made with patient safety in mind.

Nurses and members of the public sit on Council. Together, they make important decisions that shape the regulation of nursing and promote public safety.

A message from Council President, Cheryl Evans:

Like you, I am incredibly proud to be a nurse. As nurses, we have the amazing opportunity, on a daily basis, to make a difference in people’s lives. We are privileged to be part of the lives of our clients and their families in moments of joy, success, challenge and crisis.

By participating in nursing regulation, we have an opportunity to ensure that all Ontarians receive the best possible nursing care. We all participate in nursing regulation by being accountable for our actions and by ensuring we have the necessary knowledge, skill, and judgement to practice safely. By serving on CNO’s Council, you can contribute to broader decision-making that shapes the regulation of nursing and promotes public safety and confidence in the profession. It is an opportunity to truly make a difference!


If you’re passionate about patient care, then sitting on Council will be a personally and professionally rewarding experience. It’s also a significant accountability. If you are considering putting your name forward for election, this video series will help you decide if becoming a member of Council is right for you. The whole series takes about nine minutes to watch.

To see if you have what it takes, review our list of career knowledge and experience, functional skills, and our affinity and character attributes. No one person will have them all, but you should be able to identify and articulate which skills and attributes from the list you will bring to Council.

If you are passionate about patient safety and quality nursing care, this could be your opportunity to make a difference.

Find out more about the election and the role of Council: 

Electoral Districts

Here’s how to find your electoral district.

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Work in nursing in Ontario

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Not currently working in nursing, but live in Ontario

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Work in nursing in another province, but live in Ontario

Your home address as listed on CNO’s register

Do not work or live in Ontario

You are not eligible to participate in the election

Council elections will be held in the following electoral districts. Review the table below to find out if you are eligible vote, run for election or nominate a colleague.

map of electoral districts 7,8 and 9

Electoral District 4: Eastern 

Composed of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott and Russell, the County of Renfrew and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.

  • 2 RNs (or NPs) and 1 RPN will be elected

Electoral District 5: Northeastern

Composed of the Territorial Districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Parry Sound, Nipissing, Sudbury and Timiskaming, and the District Municipality of Muskoka.

  • 1 RN (or NP) and 1 RPN will be elected

Electoral District 6: Northwestern

Composed of the Territorial Districts of Rainy River, Thunder Bay and Kenora.

  • 1 RN (or NP) and 1 RPN will be elected

To be eligible to run as a candidate, you must:

  • Be nominated in writing by two nurses in the same district and nursing category as you. This means that only RNs and NPs can nominate RNs or NPs, and only RPNs can nominate RPNs.
  • Be registered with CNO in the General or Extended (NP) Class
  • Work or live in an electoral district holding an election this year
  • Complete a conflict of interest form. We provide this when we receive your nomination.

The following disqualifies you from running for Council:

  • Any terms, conditions, or limitations on your registration with CNO
  • Any revocation or suspension of your registration within the last six years, for any reason other than non-payment of fees
  • Any professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity findings in the past three years
  • Being disqualified by Council from serving on Council or a committee in the last three years

It is a privilege to be elected to Council, but it is also a significant commitment.

Council holds two-day meetings four times a year. If elected, your term will be from June 2020 to June 2023.

CNO is implementing a new governance vision which includes reducing the size of Council. We are currently waiting for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to make the legislative changes needed to implement this. Depending on when those changes are finalized, the term of office for members elected in 2020 may be shortened.

Council meetings are at the CNO’s offices in central Toronto. The College provides Council and committee members with a daily stipend of $260 for attending meetings. The College also covers travel expenses, and in specific circumstances provides a stipend for preparatory time and travel.

Currently, every Council member serves on one statutory committee, and may also participate on a standing committee. If you run for Council, you need to be prepared to participate in a committee. Council will appoint new members to a committee in March 2020,

Being a member of a statutory committee is also a significant accountability. Please watch this 15-minute video series to see if this is the right commitment for you.  


Meeting Day

Preparatory Time


Half-day per quarter

1/2 day

Inquiries, Complaints & Reports

-One day per month
-Brief teleconferences may be held between meetings, if required.

Full committee:
-One orientation day per year
-One education day per year

2 days


Hearing Panels:
-Average of three to five days every two months (varies depending on availability of members and number of hearings)
-Hearings range from one to four days in length.
Full committee:
-Two one-day meetings each year (spring and fall)


Fitness to Practise

Hearing Panels:
-One to two days every other month
-Six to nine conference calls per year
Full committee:
-One orientation day

None for hearings,
1/4 day for teleconferences

Quality Assurance

Panel teleconferences every other month
Full committee:
-One orientation day

¼ to ½ day

Registration One day every other month plus regular conference calls
Full committee:
-One orientation day 
1/2 to 2 days per meeting

If you are considering running for election, discuss the time commitment (including travel) with those who may be affected, such as your employer. If elected, it is important that you are available to participate on Council and committees.





October 18

Nominations open. CNO emails election info to all eligible members

November 22

Nominations close at midnight

December 9

Candidate information and conflict of interest form due



January 21

Voting opens. Eligible voters receive an e-mail containing a ballot and candidate information from CNO’s election provider, Big Pulse

February 5

Election day: Ballots must be cast by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

February 6

CNO emails results to candidates

February 20

Deadline for candidates to request a recount

February 24

Election results posted on


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Page last reviewed October 18, 2019