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College of Psychologists of Ontario

The College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) is the governing body for psychologists and psychological associates in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the CPO to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a psychologist or psychological associate in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.


Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

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 received1105143250229
Applicants who became members1404340150238

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

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 received1134851190231
Applicants who became members944832120186

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Psychologists)

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 received995749270232
Applicants who became members632720110121

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 received62362414n/a136
Applicants who became members7344247n/a148

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009
Audit Report

Information to Applicants: The CPO is improving its systems for tracking applicants' progress and for communicating with applicants. This will help ensure timely and more efficient communications.

The CPO also now provides detailed, written reasons to applicants when it communicates registration decisions.

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 received782837210164
Applicants who became members752132100138

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 received693244150160
Applicants who became members64153320114

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 Psychologists of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Recognizing certified copies of transcripts

    This practice makes registration more efficient and...

  2. Taking measures to increase capacity to monitor timelines

    These initiatives may interest regulators who want...


Quick Facts

 
Number of Psychologists, Psychological Associates3,513
Number of Internationally Trained Psychologists, Psychological Associates694

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


Location of Training, 2013

 
Ontario2,342
Other Canadian Provinces478
USA536
Other International158
UnknownN/A
Total3,513
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)20%

The College of Psychologists 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 psychologist or psychological associate in Ontario.

Action

Through two cycles of assessments, the OFC has identified the same concerns about licensing for psychologists: that is, the College of Psychologists of Ontario must explain the rationale for all of its licensing requirements, and must assess those requirements using objective criteria directly linked to the core competencies of the profession.

To date, the CPO has not implemented these recommendations.

Further, the CPO gives preference to North American degrees over degrees from other jurisdictions, without substantively justifying this position.

July 2013