Educated in Canada:
Getting Registered (or Licensed) to Practice Physiotherapy in Ontario

Call 1-800-583-5885
ext. 222 or email

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To practice physiotherapy in Canada, you must be licensed by a regulatory College. The first step to becoming a registered physiotherapist in Ontario for those who have completed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) is to contact the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to: 

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(if you have successfully passed the PCE—Written and registered to complete the PCE—Clinical)


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(if you have successfully completed both the PCE—Written and PCE—Clinical) 

Application Process

Registering with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario can take up to 15 business days, once you have submitted all of the required documents and completed the application process. Ensure your application includes the necessary requirements for processing (please refer to checklists). Be aware you cannot begin working as a physiotherapist until the registration process is complete. 

If there is doubt whether your application meets all of the registration requirements, it will be referred to the Registration Committee for Review. You will be contacted by College staff with more information if your application is referred to the Registration Committee. Longer timelines will apply under these circumstances.

When you are officially registered as a physiotherapist you will receive an email from the College with your physiotherapist registration number and your name and information will appear on the Public Register.

PCE Quick Facts Visit the Public Register Application Checklists 

Contact the Registration Team

College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
375 University Avenue, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2J5
Telephone: 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222 or 416-591-3828 ext. 222
Fax: 416-591-3834