Internationally Educated Physiotherapists

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario welcomes qualified physiotherapists from around the world. More than 21 per cent of physical therapists registered with the College are educated outside Canada. They play an important role in providing physiotherapy care to the people of Ontario.

To practice physical therapy in Ontario, you must be registered at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

The College is required to make sure physiotherapists:

  • meet the standards of practice
  • deliver safe and ethical care

The Career Map for Internationally Trained Physiotherapists was developed in collaboration with the Access to Professions and Trades Unit, Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. The Career Map gives an overview of the entire entry to practice process that must be completed.

Before applying for registration at the College, all applicants must show they are competent by meeting education and examination requirements.

View the Internationally Educated Registration Process Flowchart
Timeline for Internationally Educated Applicants—Registration Process

How to Demonstrate Competence

If you were educated outside of Canada, you must contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance). The Alliance:

  • reviews international education credentials to make sure they are substantially equivalent to those of Canadian-educated physiotherapists
  • administers the national Physiotherapy Competency Exam for all individuals who wish to practice as a physiotherapist in Canada (except for Quebec)

The credentialing process can be started in your home country before you arrive in Canada. 

Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance)
1243 Islington Avenue, Suite 501
Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y9
416-234-8800
Fax: 416-234-8820
email@alliancept.org
www.alliancept.org