Consultation Forum

Member Selection Procedure

Participation in the Forum requires a genuine commitment from members.

In particular, they must demonstrate:

  • Strong interest in exchange, discussion, and interdisciplinarity
  • Openness to others
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Citizen member nominations

The Regulation respecting the procedure for choosing persons qualified for appointment to the consultation forum provides that the Commissioner retain the services of an independent firm to evaluate candidacies every 3 years. The firm analyzes the candidacies according to certain criteria and gives the Commissioner a shortlist of 3 names for each Québec health region. The Commissioner then chooses one citizen member from each of those lists.

Criteria for exclusion 

Under the Act respecting the Health and Welfare Commissioner, certain people are prohibited from being citizen members of the Consultation Forum. Specifically, citizen members may not represent a special interest group or work in the health and social services system. 

They also cannot:

  • Be employed by:

    • Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
    • A health and social services agency, including the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services
    • The Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay
    • A health and social services institution or any other organization providing services in the field of health and social services and receiving subsidies from an agency or the Minister
    • A professional order in the field of health and social services
    • The Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (also includes any person who receives remuneration from the Régie or has entered into a service contract under Section 259.2 of the Act respecting health services and social services

  • Be a member of the board of directors of an organization mentioned above
  • Be registered as a lobbyist under the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act

Expert member nominations

Under the Regulation, the Commissioner consults with certain organizations and university departments, asking them to propose no more than 3 candidates for the following expert nominations:

  • A physician, after consultation with Collège des médecins du Québec
  • A nurse, after consultation with Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec
  • A social worker, after consultation with Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiale du Québec
  • Someone with expertise in health and drug technology assessment, after consultation with Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux
  • Someone with expertise in ethics, after consultation with universities offering philosophy or ethics programs
  • A health researcher, after consultation with universities offering research programs in health
  • A health and social services manager, after consultation with associations representing health and social services managers
  • 2 people from sectors of activity related to health or welfare, after consultation with the organizations most representative of these sectors such as education, economics, environment, labour sectors