Please review the draft standards and
provide your feedback by Saturday, March 30, 2024.
If you have any questions, please email

Standards: Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment, Communication, Duty of Care and Risk Management and Safety 

About the Proposed Standards


The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario is seeking comments on four draft Standards of Practice

  1. Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment
  2. Communication
  3. Duty of Care
  4. Risk Management and Safety

On December 15, 2023, Council approved the Standards to go out for a 60-day consultation to registrants, our partners, and the public. After the consultation closes, Council will take into account the feedback received and decide whether to approve the Standards for use.

This is the first group of standards to be reviewed in a larger Standards review process. More Standards will be presented for consultation over the coming months. 

What do the proposed standards cover?

Below, you'll find a description of each Standard’s outcomes and whether it would be a new Standard for physiotherapists in Ontario. 

(1) Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment

Physiotherapists select appropriate assessment techniques, make informed diagnoses, and competently apply treatment procedures for safe, quality, and effective care.

This will be a new Standard. 

(2) Communication 

Physiotherapists communicate in a respectful, professional, clear, and timely manner to support patients’ participation in their health management.

This will be a new Standard. Currently, the College has a Communication Skills guideline, but there is no Standard around Communication.
(3) Duty of Care Standard 

Physiotherapists put patients’ needs first when starting and managing treatment plans throughout the therapeutic relationship.

This would replace the current Providing or Refusing Care Standard.

(4) Risk Management and Safety

Physiotherapists maintain a safe practice environment and address patient safety incidents appropriately.

This will be a new Standard. 

View the draft Standards

We Want to Hear from You

The College welcomes your input. Please review the proposed Standards and provide your feedback by Saturday, March 30, 2024.

Provide Feedback

Please note: 

  • The feedback received will help us determine if any changes to the Standards are needed. The Standards will then be presented to Council for approval. 

  • Feedback will be presented in summary form. Feedback from individuals will be kept anonymous. Feedback on behalf of organizations will include the name of the organization, unless you would prefer otherwise. 

Send Us Your Comments

You may share your comments by:
1. Respond to the survey
2. Email