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Council of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

(416) 591-3828
(416) 591-3834
Physiotherapy Act, S.O. 1991, C. 37, S. 5 (opens a new window)
Regulated Health Professions Act, S.O. 1991, c. 18, Sched. 2 (opens a new window)

The college regulates the profession of Physiotherapy in the public interest by ensuring that individuals have access to services provided by competent health professionals, and that individuals are treated with sensitivity and respect in their dealings with health professionals. Members of the college are governed in accordance with the Physiotherapy Act, 1991 the Health Professions Procedural Code, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the regulations and by-laws of the college. The college develops and maintains standards of practice, entry to practice requirements, standards of professional ethics, and promotes and develops standards for continuing competence among the members. Various committees of the College of Physiotherapists function in a quasi-judicial role with respect to the suspension and revocations of certificates of registration to practice in Ontario.


Between seven and eight members who are elected in accordance with the by-laws by the members of the college. Between five and seven members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council who are not, members of the college, members of a college as defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or members of a council as defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. One or two members are selected, in accordance with a by-law under section 11, from among members who are members of a faculty of physiotherapy or physical therapy of a university in Ontario. The council elects annually a president and vice-president from among the members.


There is no limitation in legislation.

• The 4 Council meetings per year are typically 2 consecutive days each and may extend to 3 days if strategic planning is incorporated (all are full day meetings in person at the College). • The College has established a voluntary principal that requires at least 1 public appointee serve on every committee and task force. • The number of committee meetings varies but each committee will typically meet at least 4 times per year and some will meet as many as 10 times per year; committee panels meet as required. • Registration Committee ((8-9 times per year)) (full day meetings held in person approximately every 6 weeks). • Quality Assurance Committee (moving towards 10 times a year – most meetings will be held by phone (2 hours)). • Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (9-11 meetings a year, full day, in person at the College). • Patient Relations Committee (meets as required over the phone). • Finance Committee (meets 4 times a year or more as required – at College in person). • Executive Committee (meets 4 times a year or more as required – at College in person). • Hearings held by the Discipline Committee/Fitness to Practise The number of hearing held each year will vary and not every member of the committee participates in each hearing. Hearings can be as short as 1 day or occur in smaller sittings of 3-5 consecutive meeting days over a period of time (hearings may be held by electronic means or in person at the College). • Public appointees can expect to serve 16 to 24 days per year. • Public members will serve on Council and typically two additional Committees.

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Member (Part-Time) TYRONE SKANES
24-Mar-2020 - 23-Mar-2023
2. Member (Part-Time) NITIN MADHVANI
06-Dec-2020 - 05-Dec-2023
3. Member (Part-Time) JESSE FINN
14-Feb-2021 - 13-Feb-2024
4. Member (Part-Time) RICHARD O'BRIEN
29-Jul-2021 - 28-Jul-2024
5. Member (Part-Time) LAINA SMITH
17-Feb-2022 - 16-Feb-2025
6. Member (Part-Time) CAROLE BAXTER
13-May-2022 - 12-May-2025