Become involved in Council
Council’s role in public protection
The College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) exists for the protection of the public’s right to safe, high-quality health care through self-regulation of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions. The Council is CASLPO’s governing body and its role is to serve the public interest by overseeing the regulation of the practice of audiologists (AUDs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). The Council also establishes CASLPO’s strategic direction and the outcomes that will lead self-regulation forward in the interest of public safety. The Council is composed of nine elected professional members, two members from the University community, and up to seven public members appointed by the provincial government.
Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists can help shape the future by bringing their knowledge, skill and experience to Council. Council involvement provides members of the profession with rewarding opportunities to contribute to both public protection and the long-term growth of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions.
The election of registered Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists to Council takes place annually on a three-year rotation involving six electoral districts. Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists who are registered as practising members and are in good standing with CASLPO can be nominated and vote in these elections. All Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (practising and non-practising) may vote in Council elections in their respective districts.
Council member skills and knowledge
All members of Council are expected to be effective contributors. The desired skills and background include:
- the ability to work in a group to make informed decisions;
- the ability to understand and follow democratic processes;
- a willingness to devote time and effort to the work of the Council;
- good communication skills; and,
- an understanding that the goal of CASLPO is to serve and protect the public.
Term of office
Council members hold their positions for a three-year term. Each professional member may serve a maximum of three terms, for a total of nine consecutive years. Council members also serve on committees that consider projects that further CASLPO’s strategic goals. For more information about the elections process, click here.
Annual time commitment
Council typically meets four times a year. In addition, members are appointed to at least two statutory committees. The number of committee meetings per year (which may include panels, hearings, or working groups) varies according to committee workload. Council members also spend time preparing for these meetings. Click here for Committee descriptions and frequency chart.
Council and committee meetings are usually held in Toronto at the CASLPO office at 3080 Yonge Street, Suite 5055 Toronto, ON M4N 3N1. On occasion, Committees discuss issues via teleconference and e-mail.
Council member orientation
Council and non-Council Committee members receive a comprehensive orientation regarding CASLPO's role, mandate, and governance framework. Council is provided with orientation and learning development sessions. To access CASLPO's Guide to Governance: Principles and Practices, click here.
Council member reimbursement
Council members are reimbursed for all reasonable travel and accommodation expenses and receive an honorarium for their time commitment. Professional and Academic members are reimbursed by CASLPO at prescribed rates. Public members are reimbursed by the government. Honorarium and expense reimbursement for Public members is in accordance with Ministry guidelines.
See also: Council Elections