Becoming a Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist in Ontario
This section of the website is for individuals who wish to become physiotherapists/physical therapists in Ontario. In order to use the title of physiotherapist or physical therapist and practice in Ontario you must be registered with the College.
Physiotherapists in Ontario complete a Masters degree at one of the five Ontario Universities, a Canadian university outside Ontario or if an individual is educated outside of Canada their education is reviewed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators to ensure that it is substantially equivalent to the content of a Canadian physiotherapy/physical therapy program.
Canadian Educated Registration Process Flow Chart
Internationally Educated Registration Process
Ontario Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy University Programs
The College of Physiotherapists is not an educational institution or school. The College is the regulatory body for physiotherapy in the province of Ontario.
There are five universities in Ontario which offer physiotherapy programs. These are all Master level programs. Contact the universities for more information.
University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
The College Maintains 3 Main Categories of Registration
For registrants who have successfully completed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) or were registered in a Canadian jurisdiction on December 31, 1993. (or are currently registered in another Canadian jurisdiction).
For new graduates who have passed the written component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and are registered for the next available clinical exam.
For registered Physiotherapists coming to Ontario for less than 30 days to:
- participate in a course
- teach a course
- participate in a research project
- participate in a specific event
The requirements for each category and the terms, conditions and limitations of the categories are outlined in the Applying to the College section of the College website.