Under the Health Professions Act (HPA) s. 57, employers are legally obligated to report the termination, suspension or resignation of a physiotherapist for reasons of unprofessional conduct, incapacity or incompetence as soon as reasonably possible. Reporting helps the College maintain public and patient safety and best interest.
If an employer has reasonable grounds to believe that the conduct of a physiotherapist constitutes sexual abuse or sexual misconduct, the employer must notify the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta as soon as possible.
“Employment” includes a physiotherapist providing professional services as a paid or unpaid employee, consultant, contractor or volunteer.
An employer who contravenes this section 57 is guilty of an offense and liable:
- for a first offence, to a fine of not more than $4,000,
- for a 2nd offence, to a fine of not more than $8,000, and
- for a 3rd and every subsequent offence, to a fine of not more than $12,000.
The Health Professions Act directs that a notice under section 57 is treated as a complaint. Refer to the information in the complaints section to understand how the reported issue will be managed.