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Council News: June 2022

Election of Officers and Appointment of Member for Executive Committee

Melissa Merritt was acclaimed as the Council President for this term. Grant Fedoruk was acclaimed as the Vice-President. In addition to the President and Vice President, Sharon Sproule and Michael Stewart were appointed to the Executive Committee as Members at Large.

Committee Appointments

Carson Lai, Jennifer Dunn, Joey Mo, Wendy Coombs and Vikram Krishnan have been appointed and accepted appointment to the professional conduct membership list referred to in section 15 of the Health Professions Act.

2021/2022 Fee Schedule

Council has approved the fee schedule for the 2022/2023 registration year.

The application fee for Provision of Professional Services for practice settings owned by unregulated owners will be increasing effective October 1, 2022 from $250.00 to $2500.00. Applications submitted by unregulated owners must provide the College with required documentation to ensure that the policies, procedures and contractual agreements do not impair a physiotherapist’s ability to meet their professional expectations and Standards of Practice.

In an ideal situation, the Most Responsible Physiotherapist (MRPT) will be employed by the business owner to develop or co-develop these documents, thereby ensuring that the documents will be aligned with professional norms and the expectations articulated in the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethical conduct. However, this does not seem to be the practice as it is apparent from the quality of the documentation submitted and the deficiencies identified that the MRPT has not been involved in the process. Thereby, the review of these applications by College staff has proven to be much more onerous and time consuming than anticipated when the Provision of Professional Services Policy was developed.

The resources required to review non-regulated owned applications and to engage in ongoing and repeated education to owners and MRPTs regarding College expectations is considerable and far greater than originally anticipated. Council approved a higher application fee to support the work required to review these applications and develop future education and resources for the MRPT and practice setting owners.

Page updated: 08/07/2022