The Public Interest Committee advises the College Council with respect to the duty of the College to serve and protect the public interest in carrying out the College’s objects. It meets at least four times a year, and as requested by the Chair, Council or the Executive Committee. The committee is also expected to report annually to Council prior to the College’s annual meeting of members.
Under the College’s Act, the committee is required to develop a work plan identifying its priorities, proposed projects and activities through the term of Council. The committee may request information from Council to assist it in developing, modifying or implementing its work plan or to provide advice to Council.
The committee’s work during 2011 focused on four priorities, three of which would require amendments to the College’s Act. They included organizational accountability measures, stay pending an appeal, reinstatement and variation hearings, and communicating with the public on behalf of the profession. Those recommendations that require an amendment to the Act are now with the Ontario Minister of Education.