Regulation Matters 2021 - Issue 1, May

Council Highlights

December 2020 and March 2021 Council Meetings

Council Meeting December 2020

View Council materials for December 3rd and December 4th. 

Participation in Research About Race, Racism, And Diversity in the Dietetics Profession

Council supported the College’s participation in a research project the College and other dietetic regulators in Canada have been invited to participate in that explores race, racism, and diversity in the dietetics profession in Canada. The Registrar explained that with the increased focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, College staff have been discussing what can be accomplished on this front as a regulator and has retained a consultant to assist the College in this work. One of the elements that is needed to engage in this work is good data on race, racism, and diversity in dietetics, which is part of the focus of this research.

Update on the College’s communications projects for 2020-21

College communications help fulfill Goal 2 of the New Strategic Plan 2020-2024, which is to increase stakeholder understanding of “the role and mandate of the College and the resources that will assist them.” We commit to delivering “resources relevant to public protection and to ensure transparency and clarity in communications with all other stakeholders, especially members of the public”.  This section of the management report demonstrates how the Communications Program is achieving this goal through a combination of a paid Google Ads campaign and College owned media such as our website, the Regulation Matters newsletter, and social media platforms, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

In 2020, public education campaigns were suspended due to the pandemic. They were resumed in January 2021 with a series of Google Ads. The purpose of the Google Ads Campaign is to increase public awareness about what the College does and to drive traffic back to the College website for more information. The campaign ran from January to March 2021, using a combination of video (Code of Ethics video) and display advertising (see ads below) on the Google Display Network.

Consultation Results of Draft By-law Revisions

After reviewing the by-law consultation results, Council approved By-Law 1. In addition to the changes already incorporated in the document, Council identified a potential conflict of interest in the overlapping composition of the Audit Committee and the Executive Committee, and decided to restructure the composition of the Audit committee so that the President and Vice-President of Council will no longer form part of the committee. Council also reduced the membership of the Audit Committee to four such that the revised composition will be: two professional and two public members of Council. The new By-Law 1: General and By-Law 2: Fees  are posted on the website.

Delegation Standard

After reviewing the consultation feedback, Council approved the proposed Professional Practice Standard: Practising through Delegation of Controlled Acts.

Council Highlights March 2021

View the Council documents for March 25th and March 26th, 2021.

Proposed Increase to the Late Renewal Fee

Council approved, in principle, for the purpose of consultation, an increase of 20% for late registration renewal fees. The proposed increase is based on an estimate of costs for processing late fees and an environmental scan showing that a number of regulators administer late fees of 20% or more of their annual fee. Currently, the College late fees are $70.

Late fees are avoidable if members renew on time. The College gives at least 60-days’ notice, including several reminders, that members must renew their certificate by October 31st; which has been the renewal deadline for 15 years. The College will also grant renewal extensions based on compassionate grounds for any member who notifies the College that their fee will be late. The The consultation documents are being circulated for the required 60-day period to obtain feedback from members and stakeholders.

Governance Modernization

This education session, facilitated by Carolyn P. Everson of The Everson Company, built on Council’s previous governance modernization discussions. This discussion focused on the importance of developing an effective Performance Management System to support the achievement of the College’s Strategic Goals 2020-2024 and filfilling accountability requirements to the Ministry of Health in keeping with the College Performance Measurement Framework . The session reviewed the principles for choosing effective Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for tracking and reviewing the College’s performance, and assessing internal and external risks that could impact the College’s performance.