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.

Below are the most common types of Mandatory Reports. This list does not include every obligation nor should it be considered legal advice.   

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

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




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.