Rules Governing Elections
The Rules Governing CARNA Elections (Rules) are based on, and subject to, CARNA Bylaws.
The rules govern the election of members of Council and are intended to ensure uniformity in campaigning practices of candidates. Any breach of these rules will be reported to Council and CARNA and may result in disqualification.
For the purposes of this document, a candidate is defined as a person whose nomination has been confirmed by the Nominating Committee.
2.1 Deadline for Receipt of Nominations
Nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form approved by the Nominating Committee by June 1.
2.2 Announcement of Candidates
CARNA will not release names of candidates until after the deadline for receipt of nominations has passed.
3.1 Eligibility for Council
A person nominated to serve on Council shall be:
- a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner registered with CARNA whose permit is in good standing; and
- a resident of Alberta.
A Council member is eligible to be nominated for no more than two consecutive terms.
3.2 Ineligibility for Council
A regulated member is not eligible to be nominated to serve on Council or must resign from Council, if they:
- are elected to federal or provincial public office;
- occupies a senior position (Assistant Deputy Minister or higher) with the Government of Alberta;
- are a member or officer of a Health Authority Board;
- as their primary responsibility in the course of their employment represents a health authority or any other nursing employer in collective bargaining or in proceedings under a collective bargaining agreement with regulated Registered Nurses;
- is an officer or senior employee of a professional association or a labour union that represents members of a regulated health profession;
- as their primary responsibility in the course of their employment negotiates or sets fees charged by Registered Nurses for professional services or guidelines on fees charged by regulated registered nurses for professional services on behalf of regulated registered nurses; or
- is employed by the College.
A completed application must include:
- Nominations from five Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners registered in Alberta
- Completed Expression of Interest application including requested documentation
- Attestation submitted confirming that the following has been reviewed or completed:
- CLEAR Webinar: Introduction to Regulatory Governance Webinar: Foundations
- CLEAR Webinar: Introduction to Regulatory Governance Webinar: The Roles and Responsibilities of a Board Member
- Council Charter and Code of Conduct
- Election Rules
- Health Professions Act handbook
5. Running for a Seat on Council
The campaign period starts June 1 and ends August 31. Campaign expenses incurred are not eligible for reimbursement.
The use of CARNA letterhead or logo on campaign materials is prohibited.
CARNA, as it moves to a single regulatory mandate, no longer holds “member events”.
CARNA encourages candidates to follow pandemic public health measures when considering any activities.
6.1 Campaign and Election Expenses
Candidates for Council are not eligible for funding to assist with campaign and any expenses incurred are at the cost of the candidate.
6.2 Wage Replacement
Council candidates are not eligible for wage replacement to attend events.
6.3 Campaign Funds
Candidates may not accept campaign funds from any organization associated with health or medical care.
Following the election, the Nominating Committee may contact candidates to gather feedback on the campaign process.
8. Election Trustee
Each year, Council will appoint an independent Election Trustee (formerly called Teller). The Election Trustee is a third party appointed by Council who is not a candidate or a voting member (e.g. firm conducting CARNA audit or public member of Council.).
The Election Trustee shall be present for the voting results and printing of the tabulation from electronic voting.
The Election Trustee will contact the CARNA Council Chair and the Chair of the Nominating Committee with the results of the election. The Election Trustee will complete and/or submit the Election Trustee report form(s) for the election. All Election Trustees’ reports will be sent to the CARNA Council Chair and the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
A candidate may appeal any Nominating Committee decision to the Leadership Review & Governance Committee should the candidate feel that the decision has infringed on their individual rights. Any appeal must be made within seven calendar days of the Nominating Committee decision. The Leadership Review & Governance Committee will respond to the appeal within seven calendar days.