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

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

Registration Team


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To practice physiotherapy in Canada, you must be licensed by a regulatory College. There are two categories of registration - Provisional Practice and Independent Practice. Provisional Practice means you will work as a PT Resident under the supervision of a College-approved supervisor. Independent Practice means you are fully licensed and no longer have to practice under supervision. 

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(If you have successfully passed the PCE — Written and you are registered for the Ontario Clinical Exam.) 


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(If you have successfully completed both the PCE — Written and the Ontario Clinical Exam.)

Application Process

Registering with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario can take up to 15 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 checklistsBe 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 — Written Quick Facts Public Register 

Application Checklists About the OCE

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If you are in your first five years of practice or new to practice in Canada, visit OPA’s New to Practice webpage

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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