Resignation Guide

​​​​​Resignation is the process by which members cancel their membership with the College because they are leaving the practice of the profession in Ontario. Members may leave the profession for a temporary, short period of time (e.g., parental leave) or may leave permanently (e.g., moving to another jurisdiction outside of Ontario, etc.).

Important: ​Membership cannot be put on hold or postponed. A person is either a member or not. Registration statuses can only be "current", "suspended", "cancelled", "resigned", or "revoked".

  • Members who are thinking of leaving the practice of the profession need to decide whether they will maintain membership or resign. Considerations for this decision are outlined on this web page.
  • If you resign, it means that you will no longer be a member of the College and will not be allowed to practise the profession in Ontario or refer to yourself using the protected titles and designations. There are serious consequences for persons who are convicted of practising as an ECE without holding a Certificate of Registration in good standing with the College, including significant fines and court orders.


On this page, find information about:

Considerations in the decision to resign

Members who are preparing to leave the practice of the profession in Ontario need to decide whether to maintain their membership with the College or resign. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when making a decision.

If you choose to maintain membership and not ​resign, you will be required to fulfill all of the obligations of your membership, including but not limited to:

  • Completing the annual renewal process by your renewal due date, and
  • Participating in the Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program in accordance with all requirements, and
  • N​otifying the College of any changes to your information on file

As long as you continue to fulfill all obligations as required, you can maintain your membership with the College. The public register will show your registration status as being current.

If you fail to fulfill any obligations as required (e.g., you let your renewal lapse), your Certificate of Registration will be suspended and eventually revoked. Your profile on the public register will be updated with these statuses.

If you choose to resign, you must follow the procedures outlined on this web page. When your resignation takes effect, you will not be allowed to practise the profession in Ontario or refer to yourself using the protected titles and designations.

  • If you want to return to practice in the future, you will have to apply to the College to have your Certificate of Registration re-issued to you. (Information about re-applying is outlined on this web page). This process takes several weeks, so be sure to re-apply well in advance of the date you want to return to practice. You will not be allowed to practise until your Certificate of Registration is re-issued to you.

I want to resign but there is an outstanding matter regarding my conduct on file with the College. Can I resign?

  • If you resign when there is an outstanding matter regarding your conduct, it may impact any application you make to the College in the future. Depending on the circumstances, the College may have grounds to refuse to re-issue your Certificate of Registration.


The requirements of the resignation process

There is one requirement for requesting resignation from the College:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Membership Resignation Form​.

Are you completing the correct version of the Request for Membership Resignation Form?

  • The correct version of the form is the version that is valid until June 30, 2018. The validity date is printed on the bottom of each page of the Request for Membership Resignation Form.
  • Do not use any other version of the Request for Membership Resignation Form that you may have. The College does not accept versions of forms that are submitted after their expiry date.


How to complete the resignation request form

You can complete the ​Request for Membership Resignation Form electronically or in writing. Click on the headings below for steps to complete the form electronically or in writing.


There are three sections of the Request for Membership Resignation Form. All sections of the form must be completed in full in order for the College to process your request for resignation. Click on the headings below for instructions about how to complete each section of the form.​​

How to submit your request for resignation

To submit your request for resignation:

  • Review the Request for Membership Resignation Form to ensure that it is complete and accurate.
  • Send your completed Request for Membership Resignation Form to the College by e-mail or mail. The College does not accept requests for resignation by telephone.
    • E-mail: registration@college-ece.ca
    • Mail: College of Early Childhood Educators, 438 University Avenue, Suite 1900, Toronto, ON, M5G 2K8

Are you submitting your resignation request by email? If yes, note that:

  • You will receive an automatic reply to your email. If you receive the automatic reply, it means that the College received your email. If you do not receive the automatic reply within 24 hours, check your "junk mail" folder. If the automatic reply is not in your "junk mail" folder, re-send your e-mail or contact the College.

 

What happens after you submit your request

When the College receives your Request for Membership Resignation Form the College will:

  1. Review your Request for Membership Resignation Form
    • If any one or more parts of the form are not completed in full, the College will not continue with processing your request for resignation until you provide the missing information.
    • If there is an outstanding matter regarding your conduct on file with the College, the College will follow-up with you before processing your resignation.
  2. Update your file at the College
    • Your registration status will be changed to "resigned/cancelled". This change in status will be updated on the public register at the same time.

Once all of the above steps are complete, the College will issue you a letter confirming your resignation.


Returning to ECE practice in the future

There are two ways by which former members who resigned can return to the practice of the profession in Ontario in the future.

  1. Apply for the reinstatement of their Certificate of Registration
  2. Re-apply for their Certificate of Registration

To determine which path applies to your circumstances, see the table on the reinstatement page.


What to do if you have more questions

If you have questions about resignation that were not answered in the information above, contact the College by telephone or e-mail.

  • Telephone: 416 961-8558 – select the option for "Registration"
  • Toll-free: 1 888 961-8558 – select the option for "Registration"
  • E-mail: registration@college-ece.ca
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