The College of Psychologists of Ontario, in keeping with its statutory mandate and objects, regulates the practice of psychology in serving and protecting the public interest. All members of the Council, regardless of whether elected or appointed, represent the public and not the constituency of the district or university from which they were elected or appointed. The Council is comprised of seven elected professional members, two to three appointed academic members, and five to eight public members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. In addition, there is one elected, non-voting Psychological Associate member.
Members of the Council have a direct voice in determining policies, programs and services that ensure the delivery of safe and effective psychological services. The College appreciates that a Council that reflects diversity benefits from new and innovative approaches and points of view. Ontario is home to one of the most diverse populations in the world – most Ontarians can trace their roots outside of Canada. Ontarians represent a broad range of ethnicities, ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, languages, abilities, socio-economic status, and lifestyles. Toronto itself, has been called the most multicultural city in the world where more than 100 languages and dialects are spoken. Recognizing this, the College knows that the needs of the public being served are not the same across the province, and strives to involve those who recognize, respect and promote the value inherent in such diversity.
As an organization, the College endeavours to reflect, through its Council and Committees membership, the diversity of the Ontario public to whom psychologists and psychological associates provide service.
At the end of March of each year, the College holds elections for positions on the College Council for those seats for which the terms of office are ending.