Proposed Amendment to By-Law No. 7 – Fees
The College sometimes encounters difficulties obtaining outstanding fees from registrants, for example, costs owed to the College by a registrant after a discipline hearing. CMTO proposed an amendment to By-Law No. 7 that would allow the College to add outstanding fees or discipline costs incurred by individual registrants onto that registrant’s annual Certificate of Registration Fee. This reflects the College’s ongoing effort to recover costs from the individuals who incurred them, so the burden is not unfairly placed on other registrants. The proposed by-law amendment was as follows:
- In addition to the amounts set out in section 4 and 5, any outstanding balance owing to the College in respect of any decision made by a committee and any fees payable under this bylaw, will be added to and included in the annual fees.
At its February 12, 2019 meeting, the Council of the College approved that the proposed amendment be circulated for comment under the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.
On March 6, 2019, the College invited registrants to comment on the proposed by-law amendment. The survey was open for 60 days and closed on May 7, 2019. CMTO received a total of 2982 responses to the survey. Between 68.6% to 80.4% of respondents supported the proposed amendment, while 11.7% to 31.2% of respondents did not support the amendment.
In response to some comments CMTO received, we would like to clarify that the amendment will apply only to those disciplinary proceedings where a finding of guilt was made against the registrant, and, in some cases, payment plans are available to registrants. The full summary of feedback can be reviewed here.
At its May 13, 2019 meeting, the Council reviewed analysis of feedback received and moved to adopt and implement the proposed amendments to By-law No. 7, in time for 2019 registration renewal.
Thank you again to those who provided feedback on this proposed by-law amendment.