Professional Corporations

Contact the Registration Team
416-591-3828 ext. 222
ext. 222

College of Physiotherapists
of Ontario
Attn: Registration Team
375 University Ave.
Suite 800
Toronto, ON
M5G 2J5

Information for Members
Applying for Professional
Incorporation and Frequently
Asked Questions

Download Guide and FAQs

Initial Application

For a Certificate
of Authorization for
a Professional Corporation

Download Initial Application Form


Renewal Application

For a Certificate
of Authorization for
a Professional Corporation


Physiotherapists, like all other regulated health professionals, have the option of incorporating their practice as a professional corporation.

If you require legal and financial advice about incorporation, you should contact a lawyer and an accountant.

The College cannot give legal or business advice to members. The advantages and disadvantages of practicing through a professional corporation will vary depending on your particular circumstances.

Benefits of professional corporations are:

  • Access to external investment funding
  • Advantages of corporate tax rules
  • Corporate status

Key features of professional corporations are:

  • Professional liability is not limited by incorporation.
  • The name of the professional corporation must include the words “Professional Corporation” or “Société Professionelle” and cannot be a number name.
  • The shareholders of a professional corporation must be members of the College and must be from the same profession.
  • The professional corporation may not carry on a business other than the practice of the profession.

Steps to Set up a Professional Health Corporation for the First Time

  1. Consult your lawyer or accountant to see if setting up a Professional Health Corporation is a good option for you.

  2. Contact Service Ontario to set up your business.

  3. Receive your copy of the Articles of Incorporation, copy of the Certificate of Incorporation, copy of a Corporation Profile Report, Review the Professional Corporation Guide and Frequently Asked Questions.

  4. Complete the Initial Application for a Professional Corporation and send it to the College with payment by mail, fax or email to

  5. Please note: It may take up to 5 days to review your application. If you submit an application that is missing information, the Registration Team will contact you by email asking for the outstanding materials. It can then take up to 10 business days to process an application once it is considered complete.

  6. Once your application is processed and approved, you will receive an email from the College’s Registration Team that includes your tax receipt and your Certificate of Authorization number. A hard copy of your Certificate of Authorization will be mailed to you.