Congratulations to Newly Elected 2020 Council Members:

Hervé Cavanagh (District 4—Eastern)
Karen St. Jacques (District 5—Northern), and
Jennifer Clifford (District 8—Central)

College Council Elections

Council is the College’s governing body or board of directors, made up of Council members who are, as a collective, responsible for making decisions that best serve the public interest, protect patients and improve the quality of physiotherapists' care in Ontario.

The College’s Council and Committees are made up of eight elected physiotherapists (PTs) from regions across the province, two academic representatives selected by their peers and seven members of the public appointed by the Government of Ontario. Physiotherapists on Council are nominated and elected by their peers and serve a three-year term.

Council members are involved in establishing policies to ensure that College operations reflect corporate goals and safeguard the organization’s assets. The election of Council members is an important part of physiotherapy regulation. Council members make decisions that affect how physiotherapy is practiced and regulated in Ontario, such as approving changes to entry-to-practice requirements, establishing standards of practice and conduct, and approving new programs. All Council members are required to participate in the College’s statutory Committees and may serve on task forces and working groups as well.

By participating in the election, either as a candidate or through voting, every member of the College has an opportunity to influence the future of physiotherapy practice and regulation.

The practice of physiotherapy in Ontario is self-regulating which means physiotherapists are involved in determining the rules that govern the profession, in addition to being accountable for their own behaviour. While the College oversees the rules and regulations associated with the profession, it is Council that sets the direction.

As a physiotherapist, you treat and assist numerous patients every day within your community and practice setting. As a councillor, the scope is even broader as you represent the voice and well-being of all patients and potential patients throughout the province. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the profession by helping to ensure the public interest is protected.

Eligibility Criteria to Run for the Council Elections

For the 2020 Council Elections, eligible voters must live in District 4, District 5 and District 8.

You can verify your district by checking your postal code on the College website and confirm your eligibility and the eligibility of your nominators.

You cannot have been a director, officer, committee member, employee or have had a decision-making role in the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA), the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) or the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) or similar organizations with a mandate or interests that conflicts with the mandate of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario in the last 12 months.

You will be asked to sign a Council Code of Conduct, Confidentiality Agreement and Declaration of Office should be you be elected.   

You cannot have been found guilty of professional misconduct in the last six years. 

This list is not exhaustive, please refer to the College By-laws.

Candidate Eligibility Requirements College By-laws

College Council Election: Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: Council Election—Why

  • Why should I consider running for College Council?

FAQs: Council Election—Who

  • Who can run in the election?

  • Who can nominate someone for election?

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about the election?

FAQs: Council Election—What

  • What districts are up for election?

  • What is the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario Council? What does it do?

  • What are the eligibility requirements to run for Council?

  • What do I need to know and what kinds of skills do I need to be on Council?

  • What is a candidate statement? And what kind of information should I include in it?

FAQs: Council Election—Where

FAQs: Council Election—When

FAQs: Council Election—How

  • How do I know if I am eligible to run for election?

  • How do I accept nomination to run in the Election?

  • How will I know if my nomination is approved?

  • How do I vote?

  • What will be expected of me if I am elected?

  • How much time is required to be a Council member?

  • How long are Council member's terms?

  • How are Council members compensated?

Review College Resources:


Code of Conduct

All Councillors and members of College Committees are expected to exhibit conduct that is
ethical, civil and lawful, in a manner that is consistent with the nature of the responsibilities of Council.

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Confidentiality Agreement to be signed by Council Members

Declaration of Office to be signed by Council Members