Public Interest Committee

Public Interest Committee (PIC) members advise College Council regarding its duty to serve and protect the public interest in carrying out the College’s objects, or purposes. PIC members — who are appointed by the Ministry of Education — are representatives of the public and are not members of Council.

The committee met three times in 2016, and reported on its activities at regularly scheduled meetings of Council in March, June and September.

Under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, the committee is required to develop a work plan identifying its priorities, proposed projects and activities during the term of Council. It may request information from Council to develop, modify or implement its work plan or to provide advice to Council.

In 2016, the committee reported to Council on items reviewed in accordance with its work plan. It learned more about the public appointment process and qualification assessment of appointees to Council. The committee received updates on the public awareness initiative, its results to date and how the College responded to various media inquiries. Information on the Protecting Students Act was provided to the committee throughout the year, including updates on other outstanding recommendations from the 2012 external review by former Ontario Chief Justice Patrick LeSage. It gathered information on College membership at private and independent schools in Ontario, including disciplinary practices where non-OCTs are teaching. The committee also received updates on transparency initiatives at Ontario’s regulated health colleges and elsewhere in the professional self-regulatory environment.

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