Physical Therapy

The College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia is the regulatory body established for the health profession of physical therapy.

Physical therapy has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since December 16, 1994, and is regulated by the College in accordance with the Act, the Physical Therapists Regulation and the bylaws of the College.

Physical therapy has been a regulated profession under British Columbia legislation since 1946. Before designation under the Health Professions Act, the profession was regulated under the former Physiotherapists Act.

The composition of the board of the College is:

  • six elected physical therapists; and
  • three public representatives appointed by the Minister.

Amendments to the Physical Therapists Regulation

Amendments to the Physical Therapists Regulation and to most College bylaws are subject to a three-month notice period, unless the Minister specifies a shorter period.

The College is responsible for giving notice of proposed bylaw amendments, including posting them on the College website, and all bylaw amendments must be filed with the Minister to be effective. Filed bylaws come into force 60 days after the date of filing, unless the Minister either disallows the change or specifies an earlier date, or the College withdraws the change.

The full text of the current bylaws and information about any proposed bylaw amendments may be obtained by contacting the College. Comments on proposed bylaw amendments should be submitted to both the College and the Ministry.

Proposed Regulation Amendments Notice Date
There are no proposed amendments.  
Approved Regulation Amendments Date
Makes the Physical Therapists Regulation, effective October 17, 2008. October 15, 2008
MO 248/2008
BC Reg 288/2008  
Repeals the Physical Therapists Regulation (BC Reg 485/94), effective October 17, 2008.

Continues the designation of physical therapy under the Health Professions Designation Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.
October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Amends the Physical Therapists Regulation by adding section 8 re: continued application of Part 4 of the Health Professions Act to physical therapy. January 30, 2006
OIC 33/2006
BC Reg 9/2006
Continues the application of Part 4 of the Act to physical therapy. June 7, 1999
OIC 670/99
BC Reg 165/99
Makes Part 4 of the Act apply to the profession of physical therapy. January 19, 1998
OIC 1205/95
BC Reg 14/98
Brings into force repeal of the Physiotherapists Act. December 16, 1994
OIC 1566/94
BC Reg 488/94
Enacts the Physical Therapists Regulation. December 16, 1994
OIC 1563/94
BC Reg 485/94  
Filed Bylaw Amendments Date
Repeals and replaces Section 44 (1) and (2) regarding fees. Filed August 4,
2017
In force October 3, 2017
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing section 44 (1) and (2) regarding fees. Filed October 24,
2012
In force December 1,
2012
MO 231/2012
Amends section 44 of the bylaws regarding fees. Filed November 3, 2008
Amends section 44 of the bylaws regarding fees. August 8, 2007
Deposited
Amends section 44 of the bylaws regarding fees. September 25, 2006
Deposited
Amends section 44 of the bylaws regarding fees. September 16, 2004
Deposited
Amends section 32 of the bylaws to change the period of registration for interim registrants from 12 to 15 months. January 24, 2002
OIC 41/2002
Amends the bylaws to increase the amount of professional liability insurance to be carried by registrants and to make other miscellaneous changes. June 29, 2000
OIC 949/2000
Makes a number of amendments to the bylaws including: allowing urgent board meetings to be held without prior notice; naming the registrar as head of the College for purposes of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; creating a new category of interim registrant; and adding three Standards of Practice - treatment, business practices and advertising. April 15, 1999
OIC 461/99
Amends section 14 of the bylaws re: discipline committee. June 11, 1998
OIC 738/98
Amends the bylaws regarding registration requirements, committee powers and duties, and health profession corporation names. October 2, 1996
OIC 1113/96
Approves section 31 (1) (b) of the bylaws. February 7, 1996
OIC 158/96
Repeals and replaces the bylaws of the College of Physical Therapists (section 31 (1) (b) not approved). September 28, 1995
OIC 1205/95
Adds new Part 4 of Schedule F of the Health Professions Act bylaws regarding administration of injections by full pharmacists Filed October 16, 2009
In force October 16, 2009
MO 222/2009
Repeals and replaces the Health Professions Act bylaws, except Schedules A, B, D, F (Parts 2 & 3) and G and Forms 1 to 12, to support administration of injections by full pharmacists. Filed October 14, 2009
In force October 14, 2009
MO 220/2009
Amends Part 1 of Schedule F of the Health Professions Act bylaws regarding patient choice of pharmacy. Filed July 23, 2009
In force August 14, 2009
MO 184/2009
Repeals all bylaws and rules of the College under the Pharmacists, Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act, and makes the bylaws of the College under the Health Professions Act and the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act. Filed March 31, 2009
In force April 1, 2009
MO 113/2009
 
Other Date
Appoints the first board of the College and orders that the first election of professional members to the board must be held on or before December 1, 1995. December 8, 1994
MO 426/94