The College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) is committed to implementing recognized best practices in governance for health regulatory organizations, and to enhancing its capabilities in regulating chiropractic in the public interest. As part of this ongoing commitment, CCO regularly reviews its by-laws and related policies and procedures, including those pertaining to the election or appointment of CCO Council and Committee members.
Over the last two years, the College has undertaken a number of initiatives to strengthen the competencies for Council and Committee members through substantial training and orientation programs, revised conflict of interest measures and related requirements. Many of these initiatives have been informed by the Ontario Ministry of Health’s College Performance Measurement Framework.
At the recent November 24, 2022 meeting of Council, minor by-law amendments
were proposed which, if adopted, would increase to six years from three years the amount of time that must have elapsed since a disciplinary finding or disqualification from serving against any prospective Council candidate or committee appointee. A six-year interval is the approach taken at several other Ontario healthcare colleges, such as the College of Nurses of Ontario, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the College of Opticians of Ontario, the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.
CCO Council is able to pass these specific by-law amendments as a matter of course at any point during its meetings. However, in the interests of hearing from and taking into account the widest range of comment on these amendments as they affect the public interest with respect to the governance of the chiropractic profession, Council has directed that CCO stakeholders, including members, be surveyed for their feedback.