Note: This article was originally published in our Winter 2020 edition of our On Call newsletter, and has not been updated.
The College is planning a very busy year with anticipated changes to regulations and standards, and the development of new guides and guidelines to support members with these changes. We understand that a busy year for us results in a busy year for you, but receiving feedback from members, stakeholders and the public is an essential step in this process. We will try our best not to overwhelm you with our requests and we will take care to make our consultations as targeted and meaningful for you as possible.
As we begin our final year of the College’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, I am pleased to report that we are on track to achieve all our objectives by year end. We are proud of the initiatives we have accomplished so far, and I’d like to thank Council for their clear direction and staff for their continued dedication to the work of the strategic plan that is always in addition to their core work. As Claire mentioned in her letter, Council has created a working group to build the next strategic plan and I look forward to supporting them throughout this process.
As mentioned to you in the summer issue of On Call, the Harry Cayton report on The Inquiry into The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (BC) proposed changes to Health Profession Regulation in BC that could influence changes to our regulatory framework here in Ontario. Since then, the Ministry of Health of British Columbia has proposed significant reforms, including the reduction from 20 Colleges to five Colleges, each regulating multiple professions. In this new framework, the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) and the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) have proposed a plan to amalgamate. Health regulators in Ontario are closely monitoring these changes and are committed to working together, and with our own Ministry colleagues, to ensure that any changes that may be proposed here would result in an enhanced ability to regulate effectively and be rooted in the public interest. I promise to do my part in maintaining this focus and in keeping you informed along the way.