Committee Reports 2015-2016

Statutory Committees

The Executive Committee oversees the implementation of College policy and the administration of College affairs. The Committee’s activities included reviewing and recommending to Council:

• Implementation plan for recommendations from the review of statutory committees
• Terms of reference for a review of non-statutory committees
• The 2016-2017 budget
• Updated strategic priorities for 2016 – 2018

An item of particular importance for the Committee was overseeing the Registrar & CEO search process and the transition of leadership at the College.

Key focus: governance excellence through a review of Council’s committees and leadership transition.

The Complaints Committee investigates and considers allegations made against members of the College. It can refer matters related to professional misconduct and/or incompetence to the Discipline Committee. When it has grounds to believe a member may be incapacitated, the Complaints Committee can refer matters to the Fitness to Practise Committee. Both the Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees have the authority to make findings through a hearing and can, when necessary, order sanctions.

The College received a significant increase in mandatory employer reports due to legislative changes brought about by the Childcare Modernization Act. The College undertook a comprehensive review of its regulatory practices, with the goal of making the College’s processes more efficient, while ensuring consistency, transparency and procedural fairness.

Key focus: responding to legislative changes that increased employer reporting requirements.

The Registration Appeals Committee is responsible for reviewing applications for registration at the request of applicants once the Registrar has proposed to refuse to issue a Certificate of Registration.  The College saw a decrease in the number of applications for review filed this year.

Key Focus: ensuring the College’s registration process is fair and transparent by reviewing applications where the Registrar has proposed to refuse to issue a Certificate of Registration

Non-Statutory Committees

The Election Committee oversees the election of Council members.

Outreach and raising awareness continue to be an important part of the Committee’s work. The election was promoted in new ways in 2016 through:

• A podcast during the nomination period
• Providing information to employers by mail
• A “Meet the Candidate” page on the College’s website

The Committee will continue to seek out ways to raise awareness of, and participation in, College Council elections.

Key focus: conducting an election in the College’s largest electoral district and implementing new tools and communication plans to raise awareness and participation.

The Nominating Committee makes recommendations to Council regarding the appointment of committee chairs and members of all committees except for the Executive Committee, which is elected by Council. The Nominating Committee also makes recommendations on the appointment of all non-Council committee members.

Using principles designed to ensure diverse representation, continuity and succession planning, the Committee recommended to Council the appointment of committee chairs, Council committee members and non-Council committee members.

Key focus: ensuring Council’s committees are made up of people with the right skill sets and experience and provide opportunities for the development of Council members

The Registration Committee advises Council on registration policy matters such as registration requirements and assessment of applicants and educational programs.

The Committee recommended the following new or revised policies to Council for approval:

• Unavailable Documents Policy
• Language Fluency Policy
• Assessment of Educational Qualifications of Applicants Policy

Key focus: revising policies related to the individual assessment of educational credentials for applicants who did not graduate from a post-secondary program approved by the College.

The Standards of Practice Committee advises Council on the profession’s ethical and professional standards and the development of a continuous professional learning (CPL) framework for College members.

The Committee recommended to Council the Notice of CPL Program Requirements for members and monitored the voluntary CPL program and the second Leadership Pilot. The Committee also contributed to the development of the Practice Guideline: Supporting Positive Interactions with Children and received reports on the progress of consultations regarding the review of the Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice.

Key focus: review of the Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice and the implementation of a mandatory CPL program.