The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) requires certain people (regulated health care providers including physiotherapists and facility operators and employers to file a mandatory report with a regulatory College if they have “reasonable grounds” to believe that a physiotherapist or member of another regulated health care profession has sexually abused a patient. The legislative requirement can be found in section 85 of the Health Professions Procedural Code which is Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act.

This fact sheet is intended to provide information for potential reporters of sexual abuse to assist them in understanding their professional reporting obligations. Additional information can be obtained by referring to the Professional Reporting Obligations Briefing Note or by contacting the Associate, Professional Conduct at or calling 416-591-3828 ext. 227 or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 227. 

Mandatory Reporting - Sexual Abuse of Patients

  • What is Sexual Abuse?

  • When and how soon do I have to report?

  • What are reasonable grounds?

  • What information should the report include?

  • If written consent from the patient or a substitute decision maker cannot be obtained, should I still send the mandatory report to the College?

  • Do I still have to submit a mandatory report if I do not know the name of the person who is allegedly committing the abuse?

  • Where should I send the Mandatory Report?

  • What happens if an individual fails to make a mandatory report required by the RHPA?

  • What happens once the College receives the report?

  • How does a physiotherapist respond to the report?

  • What information will the College share with me after I submit the mandatory report?

  • Can the ICRC revoke a physiotherapist’s Certificate of Registration?

  • What decisions can the ICRC make?

  • How long does the process take?