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College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

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416-591-3828

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, 2018

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

 2019

2019

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2019
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received697802943301,239
Applicants who became members41752132210703

 2018

2018

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2018
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received48161234160981
Applicants who became members20738122130470

 2017

2017

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2017
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received43453163060809
Applicants who became members42552163020795

 2016

2016

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2016
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received34044222170623
Applicants who became members33844212170620

 2015

2015

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the CPO in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received30245182440609
Applicants who became members5636121070211

 2014

2014

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Registration Practices Assessment 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts

Number of Physiotherapists10,554
Number of Internationally Trained Physiotherapists2,998

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


Location of Training, 2019

Ontario6,729
Other Canadian Provinces827
USA304
Other International2,694
Unknown0
Total10,554
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)28%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Physiotherapists, 2019

Largest NumberIndia
Second Largest NumberScotland
Third Largest NumberAustralia
Fourth Largest NumberU.K.
Fifth Largest NumberPhilippines
Number of Applicants368

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.

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