Hospitals: Information & Resources

The College's role to date has been to share the information released by the Government of Ontario and the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) with physiotherapists, the public, patients and employers.

We have provided information and resources to support PTs working in hospitals during the pandemic. The page will be updated as new information becomes available and a list of frequently asked questions is included at the bottom. 

Infection Control and Prevention

Physiotherapists employed by hospitals must work with their employers to follow the most up-to-date guidelines provided by Public Health Ontario’s Infection Control and Prevention (IPAC) department.

Update on Essential Care

On May 26, 2020, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health released changes to Directive #2, allowing physiotherapists and other regulated health professionals to gradually and carefully begin providing all services, including non-essential care. 

Physiotherapists should only begin providing in-person care if all necessary precautions and protocols are in place to protect patients and themselves. 

PTs must follow the Ministry's COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart.

Hospitals may still redeploy hospital staff to other duties as needed. There are a number of free resources and training courses for health care providers such as physiotherapists who may be asked to help with things outside of their normal scope of practice. 

Free Resources and Training for PTs

Directives from the Ministry of Health

The CMOH has issued directives which affect physiotherapists working in hospitals.

  • Directive #1 outlines the precautions required when working with patients who have confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. It addresses point-of-care assessments, contact and droplet precautions, and airborne precautions. 
  • On April 10, the CMOH issued Directive #5, outlining the precautions and procedures that public hospitals and long-term care homes must implement in dealing with suspected, presumed, or confirmed COVID-19 patients or residents, particularly with respect to access to personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff. This directive addresses the issue of potential PPE shortages.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: Hospitals

  • Can I be asked to do activities that are not typically in the scope of physiotherapy practice?

  • I need to switch gears and move from working in a sports outpatient clinic to an ICU? What should I do?

  • Can I refuse to provide care if I feel I’m not competent to deliver care in a certain area?

  • Do I need to meet the requirements of the Record Keeping Standard if I am deployed to different practice setting?

  • Can physiotherapists be redeployed from their current position to a different position during the pandemic?

  • Do I need to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

  • What if I am supposed to use PPE but it is not available?

  • Can I reuse personal protective equipment (PPE)?

  • Will I get into trouble with the College if I decide not to provide care without the appropriate PPE?

  • Are there specific rules for hospitals? (March 30, 2020)

  • I am a PT/PTA employed at a hospital and have been asked to ‘volunteer’ at a Long-Term Home facility. What are some things that I should consider prior to beginning working in LTC?

  • As a health care provider, should I be tested for COVID-19?

Can't find the answer to your question? Contact the Practice Advisor at or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 241