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We are lawyers for physiotherapists who face complaints and other regulatory challenges at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

How We Assist Physiotherapists

Our team of defence lawyers will assist physiotherapists with the following regulatory issues:

  • Advising physiotherapists on issues related to the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Physiotherapy Act, 1991;
  • Working with physiotherapists to respond to allegations of professional misconduct at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario;
  • Responding to various inquiries at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, including drafting responses to patient complaints, which are reviewed by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (“ICRC”);
  • Assisting physiotherapists in physiotherapy registration applications;
  • Defending physiotherapists at discipline hearings at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario;
  • Representing physiotherapists in appeals before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”) (e.g. where a decision of the ICRC has been made);
  • Assisting physiotherapists with fitness to practice matters;
  • Representing physiotherapists with insurance delisting issues with insurers;
  • Reporting past history, including criminal charges and findings of guilt, to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario; and
  • Advising physiotherapists on employment, quality assurance, and other contract issues related to their staff or practice (e.g. privacy breaches, working with physiotherapist assistants).

Articles

Responding to Complaints at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario: What Physiotherapists Need to Know

Physiotherapists are susceptible to formal complaints made to their regulator, the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Navigating the complaint process is a potentially stressful experience for physiotherapists, as these proceedings can result in professional consequences. Physiotherapists may feel even more pressure when they are unfamiliar with the process. To assist, we have prepared this basic guide to responding to complaints at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. 

Reviewing Decisions of the College of Physiotherapists at the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB)

The Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (“ICRC”) of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario is responsible for dealing with formal complaints against physiotherapists. While the process may end with the ICRC’s decision, physiotherapists and complainants may both request a review before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”). Based on our experience at HPARB proceedings, here is a brief overview of the review process.

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