Public Members of Council are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, hold almost half the seats on Council and participate at the highest level of decision-making. Public Members come from a cross-section of communities in Ontario, large and small, and have diverse vocational and professional backgrounds.
Why get involved?
Members of Council, and committees make decisions that are in the public interest and further the College’s mandate of regulating the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario. By participating as a Public Member, you are influencing the future of dental hygiene practice and regulation in Ontario, and have the opportunity to join a committed group of dental hygienists in working together to safeguard the public interest and to uphold the standard of care that dental hygienists provide to their clients.
While serving on Council is both personally and professionally rewarding, it requires a significant time commitment. Council typically meets for two days, three to six times per year. Dates are set well in advance to facilitate planning for members. Preparation time associated with Council meetings averages two hours for each meeting. This generally involves reviewing material in advance of meetings in order to contribute constructively to Council discussions and decision-making.
Generally, a public appointee is assigned to two committees and may expect to serve approximately 16 days per year. Please click here for more information about each statutory Committee.
Public members are compensated financially by the Public Appointments Secretariat. For more information on compensation, please visit the Public Appointments Secretariat web page.
Anyone wishing to apply for an appointment can do so online or download an application form and mail or fax their application to the Public Appointments Secretariat. The application process can be found on the Public Appointments Secretariat website under the How to Apply link.
How long does an appointment last?
As a general rule, appointments are for a three-year term. There may also be an opportunity to renew the appointment.
Number of Public members appointed
Eight to eleven
For more information on serving as a Public Member, please review the Public Appointments in Ontario brochure.