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College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario

The College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) is the governing body for respiratory therapists 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 as a respiratory therapist 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 CRTO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received14913970178
Applicants who became members978300108

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Respiratory Therapists)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CRTO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received148108180184
Applicants who became members93600099

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the CRTO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received172118140205
Applicants who became members1077200116

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the CRTO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received16310730183
Applicants who became members978100106

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009
Audit Report

Evaluation of Credentials: In February 2009, the CRTO introduced a new policy that requires all applicants who obtained their education in respiratory therapy (or a related field) outside of Canada to have their academic qualifications verified by World Education Services (WES). WES will authenticate the documents and prepare a course-by-course evaluation report for the CRTO.

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 CRTO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received17713990208
Applicants who became members979210109

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

Applications to Practise Processed by the CRTO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received178158140215
Applicants who became members11814100133

During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the CRTO 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 Respiratory Therapists of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Giving alternatives to applicants who have failed three exams

    This approach may interest regulators who want to give...

  2. Helping people to apply from outside Canada

    This practice may interest regulators who want to...

  3. Identifying application timelines for all applicants

    This practice may interest regulators who want to state...

  4. Providing multiple pathways to registration

    This practice may interest regulators who are exploring...


Quick Facts

 
Number of Respiratory Therapists2,945
Number of Internationally Trained Respiratory Therapists76

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


Location of Training, 2013

 
Ontario2,688
Other Canadian Provinces181
USA70
Other International6
Unknown0
Total2,945
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)3%

The College of Respiratory Therapists 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 CRTO for further information about your ability to practise as as a respiratory therapist in Ontario.

Vigilance and Action

In November 2012, the college began evaluating the way it assesses internationally educated applicants, including those who graduated from unaccredited programs. It expects to wrap up its evaluation and implement an improved mechanism by June 2014.

Until that time, the college is unable to assess whether international graduates of unaccredited programs need to bridge gaps in their knowledge and experience through refresher training. Moreover, the refresher program at Conestoga College is not offered in 2013.

At present, the only option for international graduates of unaccredited programs is to enroll in a full-time, accredited Ontario program.

The OFC is concerned that this effectively disregards the prior learning and experience of this cohort of applicants and requires them to completely re-train, and thus incur additional cost and delay.

The OFC is also concerned about the availability and sustainability of refresher courses and bridge training.

November 2013