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Council News: June 2021

2021/2022 Fee Schedule

Council has agreed to no fee changes for the 2021/2022 registration year. The fee schedule will remain the same as the 2020/2021 year.

The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta is required by legislation to devolve itself of all association functions and is working towards this in the 2021/2022 fiscal year. Future discussions of 2022/2023 fees will take place in June 2022.

Election of Officers and Appointment of Member for Executive Committee

Karin Eldred was acclaimed as the Council President for this term. Melissa Merritt was acclaimed as the Vice-President. In addition to the President and Vice President, Dennis Horrigan and Cynthia Park were appointed to the Executive Committee as Members at Large.

2020 Annual Report

The 2020 Annual Report was approved by Council.

Association Steering Committee and Inaugural Board

At the request of Council, Karin Eldred and Grant Fedoruk, led the process to identify interested members to serve as the steering committee to launch the separate physiotherapy association in Alberta by January 1, 2022. Through an open application process, 31 completed applications were received. The successful candidates appointed to the steering committee and future association board are Geoff Schneider (chair), Janell Van Heeren, Ahmad Qayyum, Colleen Kuntz, Prajakta Shirolkar and Geoff Bostick.

In addition to having career and personal experience relevant to the work of the steering committee and, ultimately, the first board of the new association, the recommended candidates represent a wide range of backgrounds within the profession.

Seed Funding for the Inaugural Association

The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta has committed resources and expertise to develop the new physiotherapy association in Alberta. When the Alberta Physiotherapy Association (APA) dissolved in 2009, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta assumed assets and liabilities of the APA. Consistent with the amount assumed, a decision was made by Council to provide a one-time transfer of $300,000 in seed funding to the Inaugural Association effective January 1, 2022.

Clinical Competency Examination

The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta continues to monitor the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) progress towards offering clinical examinations in late August/early September. The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta continues to support the PCE process administered by CAPR to evaluate entry to practice competence. Council has committed to meeting and discussing future action should future exam dates not be announced by CAPR by July 15, 2021.

Committee Appointments

Stephen Keating has been re-appointed to the Registration Committee for another 3-year term.

Restricted Activity Standard of Practice

Council has approved the Restricted Activity Standard of Practice after considering feedback from the Minister of Health and external stakeholders. The Restricted Activity Standard of Practice will be in effect October 1, 2021, therefore mandatory authorization will be required for pelvic health internal examinations on this date.

Page updated: 20/04/2022