Election FAQs

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Serving on Council ​

2. Why is it important for members to stand for election to the College Council?

 

Running for Election

 

Voting​ in the election

3. Will I automatically be sent information about voting? 

4. Can I vote without an email address?

9. Who do I contact if I have election-related questions?

 

​Serving on Council

1. What is the Council and what does it do?​

The College Council is composed of 14 registered early childhood educators who are elected by their peers and 10 members of the public who are appointed by the Ontario government. The 24 Council members participate in the governance and decision-making process of the College in its work to protect the public.​

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2. Why is it important for members to stand for election to the College Council?

Serving on the College Council is an opportunity for registered early childhood educators (RECEs) to play an important role in the self-regulation of their profession. Council members develop a greater understanding of governance, help establish the College's professional standards and uphold its regulatory mandate. In addition, members benefit from their interactions with individuals from different fields and share information on a variety of topics related to self-regulation and the early childhood education field.
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3. What is the time commitment for Council members?

Each term runs for three years and Council members commit approximately 10 to 20 days per year for Council and Committee meeting attendance. Time commitments vary and are dependent on the requirements of the Committee's mandate. 

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4. Can I be a candidate if I am a College member, but I am not currently working in the early learning and care sector?

Yes. If you are not currently working in the profession, you can still be nominated in the electoral district where you live, provided you meet the eligibility criteria. 

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​​​​5. Should I speak to my employer before putting my name forward for the election?

Consider speaking to your employer before you run for election. Serving as a Council member can be an opportunity for personal and professional development. While the role of council member is not a full-time position, it does require your commitment to attend Council and Committee meetings, which could occur during traditional business hours. Depending on the nature of your work, your employer could be impacted by your absence. 

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6. Are elected Council members paid an honorarium?​

Yes. The per diem rate for an elected Council member is $200 for a full day and $100 for attending a meeting that is three hours or less. Elected Council members are also reimbursed for reasonable and related travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

The honorarium is intended to recognize Council and Committee members for their participation and voluntary public service and to partially off-set the cost of their contribution to the profession of early childhood education. 

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7. When will the elected Council members assume their responsibilities?

​The Council members ​elected in April 2019 will assume their responsibilities at the first regular meeting of the College's Council after the election, which is scheduled for June 18, 2019

8. In what language are the Council meetings carried out?​

All meetings and documents are in English. Council members must have a good understanding of the English language and should be able to communicate in this medium. Many committees, however, include bilingual members and staff who can assist with French when needed. ​

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​Running for Election

1. How do I run for election?​

The nomination period opens on December 7, 2018.  On that date, the College will post the nomination forms on its website and will send a link via email to members.  ​

To run for election, complete the following steps:​

  1. Verify that you meet the requirements to run for election to Council and note the important dates. 
  2. Find two eligible nominators and complete the required forms.
  3. Ensure you have completed the forms correctly and send them to the College by the required deadline to:  ​
Canada Post: College of Early Childhood Educators
438 University Avenue, Suite 1900
Toronto ON  M5G 2K8

If you have any questions, please contact the College by phone at 416-961-8558 or toll free 1-888-961-8558 ext. 311 or send an email to election@college-ece.ca.

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2. Which electoral districts are up for election in 2019, and how long would I be expected to serve on Council?

​This chart summarizes the upcoming electoral districts and term length.

Names of Electoral Districts

Description of Geographic Areas Number of College Members

Term on Council

District 5: Toronto RegionThe geographic area within the territorial boundary of the City of Toronto.

3

 

 

June 2019 - June 2022

3 years

District 7: Hamilton/Niagara Region

The geographic areas within the territorial boundaries of The Regional Municipality of Niagara, the County of Brant, Haldimand County, Norfolk County and the City of Hamilton.        
1

June 2019 - June 2022

3 years


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3. How do I know what electoral district I'm in?​​​​

Please see this complete list of electoral distr​icts and their geographic areas. 

  • ​If you are practising the profession in Ontario: Your electoral district is where you principally practise.
  • ​​ If you are not practising the profession or practiscing outside Ontario: Your electoral district is where you principally reside.

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A College member is eligible to stand for election as a Council member if, on the date of nomination and election, the member meets the requirements below.

  1. Holds a Certificate of Registration in the College of Early Childhood Educators.
  2. Is nominated in the electoral district in which he/she principally practises the profession. If the member is not practising the profession or is not practising the profession in Ontario, he or she must principally reside in the electoral district for which he/she is nominated.
  3. Is not in default in the payment of any College fees.
  4. Has not had a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity by the Discipline Committee or Fitness to Practise committee against him/her in the three years preceding the date of nomination.
  5. Is not the subject of any disciplinary or incapacity proceeding.
  6. Holds a Certificate of Reg​istration that has not been revoked or suspended as a result of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in the six years before the date of nomination.
  7. Holds a Certificate of Registration that is not subject to a term, condition or limitation arising from a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity matter.
  8. Is not an employee of the College and has not been an employee of the College in the 12 months prior to the date of nomination.
  9. Is not an employee, director or other member of the board of directors, governing council or other governing body, or officer, of any of the following:​
    i)    Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, the Association francophone à l'éducation des services à l'enfance de l'Ontario or other professional association involving early childhood educators; or

    ii)   Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care or other organization that has, as its mandate or a significant portion of its activities, advocacy about matters relevant to child care or early learning; and

  10. Is not an employee or member of the executive of any collective bargaining unit representing early childhood educators.

    The positions listed in section 9) do not include a director, officer or other member of the executive, of a local branch of any of the organizations described in sections (i) and (ii).

    Please be advised that the underlying policy with respect to the requirements listed in 9) and 10) is to avoid a member of Council having, or being perceived to have a conflict of interest.

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5. How will I know if my nomination is approved?​

The College will notify all nominees in mid-February 2019, following the review and confirmation of eligibility by the Election committee. 

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6. Who is eligible to nominate a candidate?​

To nominate someone to stand for election, a person must be a College member in good standing and meet the criteria listed below. 

  • A current College member is someone who is not in default of payment of the membership fee and whose Certificate of Registration is not suspended. The nominator's electoral district must be the same as the candidate's electoral district.​
  • ​​​If you are practising the profession in Ontario: Your electoral district is where you principally practise.
  • I​f you are not practising the profession or practiscing outside Ontario: Your electoral district is where you principally reside.

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By nominating a member for election to Council, you are recommending someone you believe has the ability to help govern your profession and uphold the professional standards and regulatory mandate of the College. Choosing to nominate a candidate for election to Council is one way in which you can participate in the governance of your profession. ​

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Voting​ in the Election

1. ​Why should I vote?

Voting is your opportunity to help choose the people who oversee the regulation of the profession. Council members play an active role in making decisions that shape what we do, every day, as RECEs. Their work to regulate early childhood educators in the public interest supports the provision of high quality education and care for Ontario’s children.

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2. Can I choose to vote in either my business or my home district?​​​​

No. If you are practising as an early childhood educator in Ontario, your electoral district is determined by where you are principally practising the profession (employment location) at least 60 days prior to the election. If you are not practising the profession or are not practising the profession in Ontario, your electoral district is determined by where you principally reside at least 60 days prior to the election. 

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3. Will I automatically be sent information about voting?​

Yes. If you are in a district that is up for election and a College member in good standing as of February 8, 2019, you will be sent information on how to vote on March 18, 2019. Members eligible to vote and who have provided the College with a valid email address will be sent voting directions by email.

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4. Can I vote without an email address?​

No. Members must have a valid email address in order to vote. Please use your personal email address rather than a shared or work email. If you need accommodation, please contact the College at election@college-ece.ca or 416 961- 8558 or toll free 1 888 961-8558, ext. 339.​

5. How can I add or update my email address?​

You can update your email address by contacting the College at election@college-ece.ca or calling 416 961-8558 or toll free 1 888 961-8558, ext. 339. To vote in the election, you will need to update your email address by February 8, 2019.​

6. Why did the College move to online voting?​

The College moved to online voting to uphold its ongoing commitment to confidentiality, security of information and efficiency. The secure voting portal allows members to cast their ballot anywhere from a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Last year, 94% of members voted online.

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​7. Can I still vo​te if I don't have a computer?​

Yes. You can use any computer, tablet or mobile phone to cast your secure vote. For example, this could be a computer at a friend or family member’s house. Most local libraries also provide computer access.

Yes. We partner with a trusted third party company that specializes in high security, online elections. This ensures that the votes are administered securely and confidentially.  

For elections or College Council questions, please contact the College:

Phone: 416-961-8558 or toll free 1-888-961-8558 ext. 339​ 

Email: election@college-ece.ca ​​

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