After an investigation, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) can refer allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence to the Discipline Committee. The ICRC will refer allegations when it believes the member’s conduct poses a high risk to the public. The Discipline Committee will hold a hearing to decide whether there was professional misconduct or incompetence.
A discipline hearing is a formal, legal process. Evidence is presented under oath. Witnesses are subject to examination and cross-examination. The College is represented by legal counsel. The member is often represented by their own legal counsel as well. The Discipline Committee also has its own legal advisor, who is independent of both the College and the member.
The Discipline Committee has Rules of Procedure that govern the Committee’s process. The Committee reviews these Rules on a periodic basis.
Hearings are open to the public unless the Discipline Committee orders otherwise. You may view the upcoming hearing schedule here. More information about Discipline Committee Hearings is available here.
After a hearing, the Discipline Committee can make a finding of professional misconduct or incompetence. It can then impose a penalty, which may include:
- Revocation of the member’s certificate of registration;
- Suspension of the member’s certificate of registration;
- Terms, conditions and limitations on the member’s certificate of registration;
- A reprimand; and
- A fine payable to the government of Ontario.
The College and member may also agree to provide the Discipline Committee with other outcomes to consider. These may include orders to participate in education or coaching programs.