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Frequently Asked Questions

What does an appointment involve?

Most appointments are part-time and require approximately two to three days per month plus time to read reports and prepare for meetings. Information on the time commitment involved can be found in the description of individual provincial agencies and other entities on this site.

How do I apply?

Anyone wishing to apply for an appointment can apply online or download an application form and mail or fax their application to the Public Appointments Secretariat. The application process can be found on this site under "How to Apply" link.

Where do I find out about vacancies?

The site provides a list of current and upcoming vacancies for the next four months. When reviewing the list it is important to keep in mind that not all positions on the list will result in new appointments. Some members' terms may be renewed. Fewer appointees may be required due to a change in agency requirements. In addition, the agency's legislation may stipulate composition, affiliation or recommending organization.

What happens after I submit my application?

The Public Appointments Secretariat will keep your information on file for a period of three years. During this time, you will be considered for the position(s) in which you have expressed an interest as openings occur.

If your application is short-listed, you will be contacted to confirm your interest and asked to submit a Personal and Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement.

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Why are some positions advertised on the site and others only appear on the upcoming vacancy list?

Significant positions such as Chairs and full-time members of adjudicative or regulatory agencies often require specific skills and expertise. These positions are advertised to highlight and attract candidates with those skills and experience.

However, applications for all positions are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you have previously submitted an application for a position on a provincial agency or other entity that is subsequently advertised, your application will be included in the competition for the advertised position.

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Will I have to appear before the Standing Committee on Government Agencies?

The Public Appointments Secretariat submits information on all intended Order in Council appointments (excluding appointments for a term of one year or less) to the Standing Committee on Government Agencies. The Committee may request your appearance to discuss your qualifications.

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How long does an appointment last?

In some cases, the provincial agencies' or other entities' enabling legislation stipulates the term of appointment. As a general rule, appointments are for a three-year term. There may also be an opportunity to renew the appointment.

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Will I be paid?

Approximately half of the appointments carry some level of remuneration. Out-of-pocket expenses are usually reimbursed.

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Where do I find information about the responsibilities and qualifications of positions in provincial agencies or other entities?

The link contains a generic set of position descriptions and core competencies for Ontario's regulatory, adjudicative or operational agencies (Board of Directors).

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How many provincial agencies, boards, commissions and other entities are there?

There are currently over 540 provincial agencies and other entities.

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How many provincial government appointees are serving on provincial agencies, boards, commissions and other entities?

There are approximately 3700 provincial appointees serving.

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