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College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO) is the governing body for physiotherapists in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a physiotherapist in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received28130242820617
Applicants who became members542010650149

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Physiotherapists)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received25824181590459
Applicants who became members4717728099

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Physiotherapists)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received23429221160401
Applicants who became members2052920370291

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2684125820416
Applicants who became members472218290116

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2694516670397
Applicants who became members2694416670396

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009
Audit Report

In a July 2009 guide to help regulators conduct reviews of their entry-to-practice requirements, the OFC drew attention to certain promising practices of the CPO:

Bridging Program: The Ryerson Bridging Program for internationally educated physiotherapists was launched in January 2009.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2854428980455
Applicants who became members2844427970452

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received20937251190390
Applicants who became members20435231100372

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the CPO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Developing explanations for the necessity and relevance of requirements

    This practice may be of interest to regulators who...

  2. Embedding objectivity into committee selection processes

    This practice will interest regulators who are exploring...

  3. Ensuring consistent decision-making

    This practice may be of interest to regulators that...

  4. Ensuring that examinations conducted by qualifications assessment agencies are objective

    This practice outlines measures to ensure the objectivity...


Quick Facts

Number of Physiotherapists8,276
Number of Internationally Trained Physiotherapists1,881

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2014

Ontario5,649
Other Canadian Provinces746
USA246
Other International1,635
Unknown0
Total8,276
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)23%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Physiotherapists, 2014

Largest NumberIndia
Second Largest NumberPhilippines
Third Largest NumberU.S.
Fourth Largest NumberU.K.
Fifth Largest NumberAustralia
Number of Applicants270

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the CPO for further information about your ability to practise as a physiotherapist in Ontario.

Action

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario created A Day at the College of Physiotherapists, a video showing some sample cases from college committees, including the registration committee. The video discusses how the cases are reviewed, and their outcomes, helping applicants and the public understand the issues involved in the decision-making process.

July 2013