Please review the Proposed Amendments to the General Regulation
and provide your feedback by Friday, April 14, 2023. If you have any questions, please email

About the Proposed Changes

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario is seeking comments on a proposed Emergency Class of Registration, an amendment to its General Regulation in response to the new provincial requirements outlined in Bill 106.


What is Bill 106, and how does it apply to the PT College?

Bill 106, the Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, aims to ensure, among other things, that certain Ontario sectors have the human resources they need to respond to emergency circumstances. The Bill contains provisions related to the registration of healthcare providers in Ontario so that Ontarians continue to have uninterrupted access to safe and high quality healthcare services. The new registration requirements are captured in Ontario Regulation 508/22 under the Regulatory Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).

Creating an Emergency Class of Registration

One of these requirements is that Ontario health regulatory Colleges develop an “emergency class” of registration. The intent is to create an alternative pathway to register individuals in an expedited manner during an emergency.

In developing this new registration class, Colleges must: 

  • Outline the emergency circumstances causing the class to take effect,
  • Set out the conditions for expiration and renewal of the certificate, and
  • Specify the process for which an emergency certificate holder may apply for another class of registration and create exemptions for this group of people from some of the usual registration requirements.

The above listed requirements come into effect on August 31, 2023. As required by legislation, the proposed amendments must be circulated to stakeholders for at least 60 days before being considered by Council for final approval and submitted to the Ministry.

The College’s Proposed Emergency Registration Class

Implementing an emergency class of registration will require the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to amend its Registration Regulation, Part III of the College’s General Regulation

The College currently has three classes of registration: Provisional, Independent, and Courtesy. To align with the Ministry’s requirements, the College is adding a fourth class of registration: Emergency. An Emergency Class practice certificate would limit the holder to practice for a set time and in a set circumstance/setting, with the ability for the Registrar to renew the certificate if the situation persists.

The draft regulation amendments with tracked changes are available to read here, along with the briefing materials to Council. The proposed Emergency Class includes the following components:

  • The definition of an “emergency situation.”
  • Areas where Council may define conditions and restrictions on emergency class certificates.
  • A list of qualifications and standards the applicant must meet to be registered under the emergency class, some of which are non-exemptible.
  • Terms, conditions, and limitations of the emergency class of registration.
  • Conditions under which the emergency class of registration is revoked, as well as conditions under which the registration class may be extended.
  • Exempting eligible certificate holders from examination fees for the practical component of the physiotherapy examination administered by the College. 

The draft regulations were approved in principle by Council on February 10, 2023.

We Want to Hear from You

The College welcomes your input on the proposed regulation.

The proposed Regulation amendments are provided for your review, highlighting the revisions through tracked changes. The current Regulation is available on the Ontario website.

Please review the proposed amendments and provide your feedback by Friday April 14, 2022.

Provide Feedback

Please note: 

  • The RHPA requires proposed amendments to be circulated for 60 days.
  • Following the consultations, Council will review the amendments again alongside any feedback for final approval before a proposal is presented to the government for consideration. 
  • Feedback will be presented in summary form. Feedback from individuals will be kept anonymous. Feedback on behalf of organizations may include the name of the organization. 

Send Us Your Comments

You have several options for sharing your comments:
1. Respond to the survey
2. Email
3. Phone: 1-800-583-5885 ext.255 or 416-591-3828 ext.255