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A. OPPI is seeking an updated complaints and discipline process. An updated process allows OPPI to set a framework that enhances and improves the effectiveness of the current practice. This update will serve the planning profession, OPPI membership and the general public well, and brings OPPI’s process in line with other provincial regulators. In addition, this update includes feedback received by OPPI’s current Discipline Committee members. By updating the by-law, when OPPI seeks professional regulation legislation in the future, our process reflects what is within current regulatory legislation.
A. According to the current OPPI by-law and OPPI policies, Council directs staff to draft the necessary amendments to the by-law with the assistance of legal counsel, and those amendments are then reviewed and approved by OPPI’s Governance and Nominating Committee. They are then reviewed and approved by OPPI Council, and then put to the OPPI membership for a confirmation vote.
A. A caution is a meeting between the Complaints Committee and member where they discuss instances where the member may have failed to meet best practices. It does not involve a hearing or evidence, and does not involve a formal finding of misconduct.
A. The Complaints Committee could agree with the member that an appropriate resolution of the complaint would be if the member took a certain course, for instance. Whereas the Discipline Committee has the power, if the member is found guilty of professional misconduct, to order the member to take the course.
A. Once the Complaints Committee has determined that a matter is serious enough to warrant being referred to the Discipline Committee, then OPPI itself takes over as the “party” to the proceeding. The original complainant might be a witness called during the hearing, but OPPI would take on the responsibility of the complaint and could continue the case even without the complainant’s co-operation to ensure the public interest is protected.
A. Professional discipline hearings may be open to the public. If some compelling reason can be given why the hearing should not be open to the public, the Discipline Committee panel has the power to make that order.
A. No. If new legislation had been achieved, a more extensive by-law update would have been required. Despite not achieving passage of this legislation, OPPI is seeking to update its by-law to enhance our Complaints and Discipline process, aligning them with the current practices of other regulated professions and based on feedback received by OPPI’s current Discipline Committee members.
A. The proposed complaints and discipline process would make information available to the public in keeping with best practices regarding transparency. Because new information will be made available, including discipline hearing information, referrals and findings of professional misconduct by the Discipline Committee and summaries of decisions, OPPI will determine the most appropriate methods of making this information public.