The Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA) is a non-profit health professional organization with more than 5,500 volunteer members across the province. OPA is the Ontario branch of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).
Ontario was one of the first provinces in Canada to regulate the profession of physiotherapy in 1924 under the Drugless Practitioner’s Act. On December 31, 1993, with the proclamation of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and the Physiotherapy Act, physiotherapists were recognized by the provincial government as one of a restricted number of self-governing health care professions.
From its inception, OPA has been a strong voice for the profession reflecting the commitment of physiotherapists to work together though a united professional association. Over the years membership has grown to include the full spectrum of physiotherapy service providers and included students and physiotherapist assistants.
Ontarians are Healthier and Stronger through Physiotherapy
OPA is committed to leadership in physiotherapy through the provision of advocacy, professional development and career support services for its members in order to provide quality physiotherapy to Ontarians.
Physiotherapy By Physiotherapists
Innovation and Research
Quality in Services
OPA STRATEGIC PLAN 2018 – 2023
Strategy Framework for the Ontario Physiotherapy Association
All Ontarians have access to physiotherapy as an essential element of optimal health
Mobilize and equip members as change agents in every District/LHIN/sub-region
Build capacity and knowledge for practice innovation and excellence
Raise awareness and advocate for policy and infrastructure change for health and well-being of Ontarians
Partner with key stakeholders including patients/families
Promote, support and champion research for data-driven policy and practice
Create accessible resource & knowledge base
Build on the value of membership and the Association as a whole
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The Ontario Physiotherapy Association is governed by by-laws that set out the rules for all business and operations, including terms and conditions of membership, meetings, conduct of the Board and the creation and business of Districts.