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Information for Members
Applying for Professional
Incorporation and Frequently
Asked Questions


APPLY FOR an Initial Application
or RENEW Application

for Certificate
of Authorization for
a Professional Corporation

PT Portal

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. Submit your application for an initial Certificate of Authorization for a Professional Corporation to the College. Please note that the College no longer accepts application forms by mail, fax or email. 

    • Visit and click on the red SIGN IN button.   
    • Enter your email address that we have on file. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it by clicking "Forgot your password?"   
    • Select “Apply for a Certificate of Authorization for Professional Corporation” in the top menu.
    • There is a $774 application fee with a $277 annual renewal fee.

    Please ensure that the following documents are uploaded with your application form 

    • Corporation Profile Report 
    • Signed shareholder undertaking for each shareholder of the corporation 
    • Certificate and Articles of Incorporation 
  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 approved, you will receive an email from the College’s Registration Team that includes your Certificate of Authorization Number. If you have requested a hard copy of your Certificate of Authorization, you will be asked to pay the $29 fee. When this fee is paid, you will be mailed a Certificate within 10 business days. 

  7. Renew your Certificate of Authorization for your professional corporation annually in the PT Portal. The renewal fee is $277. You will receive an email from the College reminding you to review. You must submit a Corporation Report that you will get from Service Canada each year in order to renew. Please note that the College no longer accepts renewal forms by mail, fax or email. We recommend using a computer or tablet, instead of a phone to complete your renewal.  

    To check that your Certificate of Authorization is updated, please check the Public Register and review your expiry date.  

  8. If your renewal is not complete by the renewal date, you will receive an email from the College which indicates that you have an extra 60 days to complete your renewal. If your renewal is not complete after 60 days, the College will revoke your Certificate of Authorization. This revocation will appear permanently on the College’s Public Register

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.