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Citizens' Council

Become a Member

The Citizens’ Council makes a difference in how Ontario’s publicly funded drug programs deliver treatments to Ontarians.

In April 2009, 25 Ontarians were appointed as council members through an open and transparent application and selection process. The terms of some members have come to an end and their seats need to be filled.

The Council is looking for 12 Ontarians eager to make a difference and provide their input and opinions on the tough decisions that need to be made on drug policy in the province.

Who can apply to the Council?

Residents of Ontario age 18 or older can apply. 

You may not be a member of the Council if you are of the following:

  • Groups such as health care professionals,
  • paid employees of health charities,
  • employees of companies in health industries,
  • elected officials, and
  • Ministry of Health and Long- Term Care employees
The reason is that these groups already have a strong voice in making their opinions known to decision makers.
How can a person apply to the Council?

Interested Ontarians can apply to be a member through the Public Appointments Secretariat website.

What is the recruitment period?
Applications for the 12 new members will close on August 31, 2012.
How are Council members selected?

The selection process is explained in the Citizen Council’s Terms of Reference [link]. It is an open and transparent process to ensure that all applicants have an equal and fair opportunity to become a member. The process is as follows:

Step 1:  Applications are submitted to the Government of Ontario’s Public Appointments Secretariat (PAS). This can be done electronically through the PAS website or by downloading an application and mailing it to the address provided on the website.

Step 2:  Applications are reviewed and screened against predetermined criteria and eligible applicants are randomly selected from the list of candidates.

Step 3:  Candidates will be contacted and interviewed by phone to verify eligibility and ability to commit to the Council. Candidates are invited to put their names into the pool of potential members.

Step 4:  A short-list of eligible candidates is randomly selected and asked to submit a Personal and Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement.

Qualified candidates will be recommended for appointment following a selection process that may include personal or telephone interviews, enhanced reference checks or stakeholder consultations.

Step 6:  The Minister will review the recommendation and appoint the Council members.

When will the Council be selected?

Applications for the 12 new members will close on August 31, 2012. We will work to complete the review, screening and selection process as quickly as possible. Depending on the number of applications will determine how long this process will take.

Interested Ontarians can apply to be a member through the Public Appointments Secretariat website.

For More Information

For general enquiries about the Citizens' Council please email us at : CitizensCouncil@ontario.ca

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