Retiring, Leaving, Short-Term Leave from Practice & Fee Credits

Not Renewing Your Registration with the College?

Retiring from Practice?

You must let the College know IN WRITING (email is fine) so you are not suspended for non-payment and this will appear on the Public Register


If you are planning to retire from practice and do not want to continue to be registered with the College, please remember that you are required to officially resign from the College in writing. Send the information by fax, mail or email to the College:

College of Physiotherapists of Ontario 
375 University Ave., Suite 800
Toronto, ON M5G 2J5 
Tel. 416-591.3828 ext. 222 or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222
Fax: 416-591-3834 

To confirm you are officially retired from the College, check your profile the Public Register.

Check the Public Register

Please note

The College used to offer a Retired status category. This no longer exists as it was found to cause patient confusion when this status was used in a business context and appeared on the Public Register. 

Retirees Must Have Professional Liability Insurance

Physiotherapist are responsible for ensuring they have professional liability insurance coverage for claims that are made even after they have stopped providing patient care. These claims can be made months or in some cases years after the care was provided.

Insurance policies should automatically provide coverage for claims that arise after the policy has expired, even if the incident occurred during the policy period. The College’s by-laws require that all members have tail insurance or extended discovery in their current active policy. This provides coverage for any events that occurred while a full policy was held, but that were not reported until after that policy expired.

The College requires that physiotherapists have coverage for the period of time that patient care was provided, at a minimum of 10 years after ceasing patient care.

Physiotherapists who are stopping providing patient care are encouraged to check with their insurer to be certain appropriate ongoing coverage is in place. 

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Leaving Practice (including Short Term Leave)

Physiotherapists who are planning a maternity or paternity leave or a leave of absence for another reason, have two options to manage their registration with the College:

Option 1

Continue to Hold an Independent Practice Certificate

You do not have to be working to be registered with the College. As long as you meet the practice hour requirement and continue to fulfill other professional obligations (for example, Professional Issues Self-Assessment (PISA) and the Jurisprudence Module) you will be eligible to renew your registration. 

Option 2

Resign Your Registration with the College

You do not have to keep your registration if you are not using title or working in Ontario as a physiotherapist.

If you choose to resign you will need to meet the requirements for registration in place at the time of you submit an application for a certificate of registration to the College. When you would like to return to practice, you need to submit an application to the College. It can take up to 15 business day for your application to be reviewed, processed and approved by the Registrar. Depending on the amount of time you have been away from practice your application could be referred to the Registration Committee and you may require further requirements to ensure you have current knowledge, skills and judgment to practice the profession.

Fee Credits

Physiotherapists may be entitled to a receive a fee credit if they leave practice for longer than three months between April 1 to December 31 and only for the following reasons:

  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Education leave
  • Health-related leave
  • Compassionate/bereavement/family-related leave
  • Anyone who retires and then re-applies within one year

Fee credits are pro-rated by the day. In most cases, they expire after 12 months from the date you resign. The exception is for maternity and paternity leaves which expire after 18 months.

The fee credit will be applied automatically to your fees if you apply to re-activate your registration within one year from the date of your resignation.

Updating Your Information

Registered physiotherapists are required to notify the College, in writing, of any changes to their address, phone number and employment information within 30 days of the change. The easiest way to meet this requirement is by updating your information online any time throughout the year.

Visit the member portal on the website.