How to Become a Physiotherapist in Ontario

Physiotherapists in Ontario must complete a Masters degree in Canada. For individuals 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 program.

To use the title Physiotherapist, Physical Therapist or PT, you must be registered with the College. Learn more about how to apply

STEPS: How to Apply

  • Learn how to become a registered physiotherapist in Ontario.

Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy RegulatorS (CAPR)

  • Visit CAPR to learn more about credentialling, taking the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and the requirements to become a physiotherapist in Canada.

Timelines & Costs

  • Find out how much the process costs, how long it takes to become a registered physiotherapist in Ontario and view application flowcharts.

Provisional Practice & Physiotherapy Residents

  • Find out more about the Provisional Practice certificate of registration and how to become a Physiotherapy Resident.


  • The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario Practice Advisor provides free, anonymous advice to PT students and anyone applying to become a physiotherapist in Ontario.

ChecklistS, faqs and resources—aPPLICANTs

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a complete list of all necessary requirements to become a registered physiotherapist in Ontario.

Universities and bridging program

  • See a list of all Universities and Bridging Programs.

Rules & Resources

  • Learn more about the professional responsibilities of a physiotherapist and the physiotherapy rules and standards in Ontario.

Get Involved

  • Comment on consultations, join the Physiotherapist Partners Network and follow us on social media.


  • A MUST READ: The professional responsibilities of a physiotherapist.

Case of the month

  • Read real stories about physiotherapists who didn't follow the rules.

Fair registration practices

  • Learn more about the Fairness Commissioner.

Read the College Blog

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, Ontario
M5G 2J5

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Feb 04, 2019

2019 Council Election Nominations Close February 20

Nominations Close February 20 for the 2019 Council Election

South Western & Central Western Districts: Nominate a Peer or Run

For the 2019 Council Elections, nominations opened January 16, 2019. If you live in a district that is open for election this year (it rotates each year) you will have received an email from the College with a link to the online nominations forms. If you did not receive this email and live in the districts open for election, please contact

Eligibility Criteria to Run for the Council Elections

  • You must live in District 1 or District 2. (Check your electoral district)
  • You cannot have had a decision-making role with OPA, CPA, CAPR or similar organizations in the last 12 months.
  • You cannot have been found guilty of professional misconduct in the last six years.

To see the complete list of eligibility requirements, please refer to the College By-laws.

Learn more about Council and the election process