What is a Regulatory College?

When you see a physiotherapist, you can expect to receive safe, quality care from a qualified health professional who is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario is the regulator for the profession of physiotherapy in Ontario. We work to protect and serve the public interest, and to continually improve the practice of physiotherapists, also known as physical therapists, by setting the standards for entry into the profession. We also set the standard that physiotherapists must meet for professional conduct as they practice practice. We believe patients have the right to safe, competent, and ethical physiotherapy.

There are almost 9,000 physiotherapists in Ontario. Many health professionals provide services similar to those offered by physiotherapists, but only those who are registered with the College may use the title "physiotherapist" or "physical therapist."

Our work is guided by the College Council. It is made up of:

  • members of the public (appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario),
  • physiotherapists (elected by their peers)
  • teachers and researchers (elected by their academic colleagues).


The College is One of Ontario's 26 Health Regulatory Colleges

These Colleges were established to protect the right of Ontarians to safe, effective, and ethical health care. All 26 belong to the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges in Ontario.

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