Commitment to Transparency 

As part of our responsibility to support safe and ethical physiotherapy care in Ontario, the College is committed to enhancing transparency and providing patients with the tools to make informed decisions.  

Improving Transparency and Access to Information

Since 2013 the College has worked alongside other health regulators including representatives from medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and optometry as part of a group called the Advisory Group of Regulatory Excellence (AGRE). Together, we are working to determine how we can provide more information about Ontario’s regulated health care professionals, our decisions and our processes.

AGRE’s first project was to develop a set of transparency principles to guide discussions about making more information publicly available, including expanding the information available on the Public Register. 

After extensive consultation with physiotherapists and other stakeholders, the new by-laws regarding additional information being made available on the Public Register were approved at Council meetings in December 2014 and March 2015. 

Going forward, the College is committed to continuously and collaboratively working to identify and implement measures to enhance transparency, and ensure the public has access to the information in order to make informed decisions about their health care. 

New Information on the Public Register

  • Notice of Hearings and Hearing Status (as of December 2014)

  • Criminal Convictions (as of July 1, 2015) — all Criminal Code and Health Insurance Act convictions, known to the College. Information will include the finding, the sentence, if it is under appeal, a notation indicating this and the dates of this information if the College knows it. This information would be removed upon request if an appeal is successful or the member is pardoned.

  • Bail Conditions (as of July 1, 2015) — information about the bail condition will be posted on the Public Register if the College knows about these conditions and they have been determined to be relevant to a physiotherapist's ability to practice.  

  • Criminal Charges (as of July 1, 2015) — all Criminal Code and Health Insurance Act charges, known to the College. Information will include the fact and content of the charge and the place and date of the charge, if known. 

  • Cautions (for complaints initiated on or after July 1, 2015) — a summary of any decision where a caution is ordered by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee for investigations. A caution is ordered when the Committee has a significant concern about conduct or practice that can have a direct impact on patient care, safety or the public interest if it is not addressed.

  • Undertakings (for complaints initiated on or after July 1, 2015) — if educational or remediation needs for a physiotherapist are identified by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, the physiotherapist will be given the option to voluntarily agree to undertake some additional learning or remediation. This might include taking educational courses (e.g., record keeping, ethics or communications) or one-on-one instruction. There may also be a reassessment component to make sure that remediation was successful.

  • Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program (SCERPs) (for complaints initiated on or after July 1, 2015) — if educational or remediation needs for a physiotherapist are identified by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, a PT may be required to take a specified continuing education or remediation program (SCERP). This might include taking educational courses (e.g., record keeping, ethics or communications) or one-on-one instruction. There may also be a reassessment component to make sure that remediation was successful.

  • Professional misconduct or incompetence findings in other jurisdictions or professions information about the fact of the finding, the date of the finding, and the name of the governing body that made the finding will be posted on the Public Register if known.

  • Licenses/or registration in other jurisdictions (as of July 1, 2015)  the College will post current licenses and certificates of registration held in other jurisdictions when the College is aware. As well, information about registration with other regulated professions will appear. 

  • Use of support personnel (as of July 1, 2015)  if a physiotherapist has declared that they work with support personnel this fact will appear on the Public Register.  

Submissions by the College to the Government

Submission on Bill 179, Scope of Practice

December 20, 2017,
Submission to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to Finalize the Implementation of the Bill 179 Scope of Practice Changes

Submission on Bill 160, Oversight of Health Facilities and Devices Act

November 20, 2017,
Submission to the Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 160: Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act

Submission on Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2016

February 27, 2017, 
Submissions of the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario on Bill 87

Submission on Bill 21, Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991

December 1, 2014,
Submission in support of Bill 21 Amendments Respecting the Regulation of Pharmacies and other Matters Concerning Regulated Health Professions

Submission on Bill 70, Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991

October 2, 2013, 
Comments to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on Bill 70

Submission to Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council

June 2008,
Physiotherapy Scope of Practice Review

Letter to the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council 

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