Working in Ontario
Physiotherapists in Ontario work with their clients to restore functioning and prevent disability from disease, trauma or injury. Physiotherapists are also involved in consulting, educating individuals and groups, and in research. In Ontario, physiotherapists work as primary health care providers.
To practise physiotherapy in Ontario you must obtain a Certificate of Registration from the Ontario College of Physiotherapists. If you are an internationally trained physiotherapist and want to register in Ontario, you can contact the college directly, or view the career map in the ‘Tools and Information’ section of this page.
Tools and Information
The Ontario Government has partnered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to create a Career Map for internationally trained physiotherapists. The Career Map explains in detail every step of the registration process including language requirements, labour market conditions, the credential assessment process, licensing fees and other important information.
Entry to practice requirements: You can find information on how you can practise as a regulated physiotherapist in Ontario on HealthForceOntario.
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
Ontario Internationally Educated Physiotherapists Bridging Program (OIEPB)University of Toronto
This program helps internationally educated physiotherapists to obtain licensure and employment in their field. It includes both on-line and on-campus face-to-face delivery. Participants also have access to clinical skills lab and gain Canadian work experience through a clinical internship.
The program includes occupation-specific language assessment, occupation-specific language training, workplace culture and communication training, occupation-specific employment services and exam preparation for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE). Participants can also complete a self-assessment and develop an E-Portfolio.
DID YOU KNOW?
HealthForceOntario offers a number of services to health professionals, including a recruitment centre and jobs listing service.
College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
375 University Avenue, Suite 901
Toronto, ON M5G 2J5
Toll Free 1-800-583-5885
To learn about occupations in Canada, visit the Working in Canada website. This site will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada. It will also give you important information about your profession in many regions of Canada, including job duties, skill requirements and wage rates. To learn about your occupation, visit the website and click the ‘Start’ button on the main page.