Contact the Registration Team
416-591-3828 ext. 222
ext. 222

College of
Physiotherapists of Ontario
Attn: Registration Team
375 University Ave.
Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2J5

Information for Members
Applying for Professional
Incorporation and Frequently
Asked Questions


Apply: Initial Application

for Certificate
of Authorization for
a Professional Corporation

Download Form


Renewal Application

For a Certificate
of Authorization for
a Professional Corporation

Download Form

Physiotherapists, like all other regulated health professionals, have the option of incorporating their practice as a professional corporation. They are not required to do this.

If you require legal and financial advice about incorporation, you should contact a lawyer and an accountant.

The College cannot give legal or business advice to members. The advantages and disadvantages of practicing through a professional corporation will vary depending on your particular circumstances.

There are a number of steps to complete before the College can issue a Certificate of Authorization for a Professional Corporation. See the steps below.

Benefits of professional corporations are:

  • Access to external investment funding
  • Advantages of corporate tax rules
  • Corporate status

Key features of professional corporations are:

  • Professional liability is not limited by incorporation.
  • The name of the professional corporation must include the words “Professional Corporation” or “Société Professionelle” and cannot be a number name.
  • The shareholders of a professional corporation must be members of the College and must be from the same profession.
  • The professional corporation may not carry on a business other than the practice of the profession.

If You Decide to Incorporate a Physiotherapy Health Corporation, Please Follow the Steps Below:

  1. Consult your lawyer or accountant to see if setting up a Professional Health Corporation is a good option for you.

  2. Contact Service Ontario to set up your business.

  3. After you receive your copy of the Articles of Incorporation, copy of the Certificate of Incorporation, copy of a Corporation Profile Report, you should review the Professional Corporation Guide and Frequently Asked Questions.

    Please note:
    If you choose to incorporate, all Officers, Directors, Shareholders must be physiotherapists. The name of the professional corporation must include the words “Professional Corporation” or “Société Professionelle”, cannot be a number name and must indicate the health profession practiced by the Shareholders.

  4. Complete the Initial Application for a Professional Corporation and send it to the College with payment by mail, fax or email to There is $774 application fee with a $277 annual renewal fee.

    If payment will be made by Visa or MasterCard, you must provide this information to the College by phone only. Do NOT include your credit card information with your application/renewal form and do NOT email it to the College. 

    Please call the Registration Team after you have submitted your application or renewal form at 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222 to make your payment. 

  5. Please note: It may take up to 15 business days to review your application. If you submit an application that is missing information, the Registration Team will contact you by email asking for the outstanding materials. It can then take up to 5 business days to process an application once it is considered complete.

  6. Once your application is processed and approved, you will receive an email from the College’s Registration Team that includes your receipt and your Certificate of Authorization number. A hard copy of your Certificate of Authorization will be mailed to you.

  7. Renew your Professional Health Corporation Certificate of Authorization annually. It is $277. You will receive an email from the College reminding you to renew. You must submit a Corporation Profile Report that you will get from Service Canada each year in order to renew.

    To check that your professional corporation is updated, please check the Public Register and review your expiry date. 

Important to Note:
All Shareholders of a Professional Corporation must be registered physiotherapists. So, if you were to resign from the College (for e.g. going on maternity leave) your Professional Corporation would be void. This is something to consider when making decisions about taking leaves of absence.