Mandatory & Self-Reporting

Mandatory Reporting

What Physiotherapists are Legally Required to Report to their College

Regulated health professionals, including physiotherapists and those who work with or employ them have legal and ethical obligations to make reports to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and other colleges and agencies as required under the Regulated Health Professions Act. See a list of types of mandatory reports below.


It is a legal requirement for physiotherapists in Ontario to make self-reports.

These reports make the College aware of situations where a physiotherapist may not be practicing safely and it allows the College to take any appropriate steps to protect the public.

A physiotherapist must self-report to the College if she or he:

  • has been found guilty of any offence in any jurisdiction (this includes anywhere in Canada or elsewhere in the world)

  • has been charged with any offence in any jurisdiction (this includes anywhere in Canada or elsewhere in the world)

  • has a finding of professional negligence and/or malpractice has a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity or any similar finding, in relation to the practice of physiotherapy or any other profession in any jurisdiction

  • is the subject of a current investigation, inquiry or proceeding for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity or any similar investigation or proceeding in relation to the practice of physiotherapy any other profession in any jurisdiction. (Note: Information about College proceedings need not be reported.)

Not making a self-report is a serious matter and can result in referral to the Discipline Committee. To make a self-report, please complete the Online Mandatory and Self-Reporting Form.

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What Happens When the College Receives a Report?

Not every report that the College receives requires the College to make a formal investigation of the concern.

What does happen is that the College’s Registrar reviews each report that is received along with any information about the physiotherapist that the College may have previously received and assesses the level of risk posed to the public. The Registrar then determines an appropriate regulatory response. 

Most Common Types of Mandatory Reports

This list does not include every obligation nor should it be considered legal advice.  

Types of Mandatory Reports

  • Sexual Abuse—Mandatory Report

  • Incompetence, Incapacity, Sexual Abuse—Mandatory Report

  • Termination of Employment—Mandatory Report

  • Holding Out as a Physiotherapist

  • Offences—Mandatory Report

  • Charges—Mandatory Report

  • Bail or Similar Restrictions

  • Professional Misconduct—Mandatory Report

  • Negligence/Malpractice—Mandatory Report

  • Child Abuse or Neglect—Mandatory Report

  • Abuse or Neglect in Long-Term Care or Retirement Homes—Mandatory Report

  • Privacy Breaches: Reports to Affected Person—Mandatory Report

  • Privacy Breaches: Reports to Information and Privacy Commissioner—Mandatory Report

  • Privacy Breaches: Disciplinary Actions—Regulated Health Professional Mandatory Reports

  • Privacy Breaches: Disciplinary Actions—Unregulated Persons

  • Annual Report—Privacy Breaches

  • Disclosure to Prevent Harm

  • Incapacity and Incompetence


Make a Mandatory or Self-Report Online

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Failure to file a mandatory report is an offence, which may be punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 by the government and constitutes professional misconduct.


For assistance or more information on the reports process, contact the College Practice Advisor at or call 1-800-583-5885 or 647-484-8800.

Privacy Breaches 
Webinar: Reporting Health Privacy Breaches to the IPC

The College would like to acknowledge the work of the College of Nurses of Ontario and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario as a source for some of the material on this page.