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COMPENSATION SURVEY, 2018
In 2018, OPA distributed an all sector compensation survey to evaluate compensation across all settings in which physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants practice in Ontario. 1210 members currently working in all sectors (including hospitals, private practice, home care, academic/research, and primary care) responded. It is important to note that the data provides only a snapshot of the compensation environment for physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants practicing across Ontario. The findings of the survey are reported by sector below.
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COMPENSATION SURVEY, 2014
During the summer of 2014, OPA conducted a compensation survey of Ontario physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants. Overall, 1066 members currently working in all sectors (including hospitals, private practice, home care, academic/research, and primary care) responded. It is important to note that the data provides only a snapshot of the compensation environment for physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants practicing across Ontario. Login or join to access the Compensation Survey Reports.
- Private Practice – 2014 Compensation Survey
- Hospital Sector – 2014 Compensation Survey
- Long-Term Care – 2014 Compensation Survey
- Home Care – 2014 Compensation Survey
- Academic – Compensation Survey
- Physiotherapist Assistant – 2014 Compensation Survey
- Primary Care – 2014 Compensation Survey
MARKET RANGE FEES
MARKET RANGE FEES FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES IN ONTARIO
In 2018, OPA engaged itracks, an external research company, to conduct a survey to collect market rate information on normal and customary fees for private practice physiotherapy services. itracks conducted data analysis on the results and provided a summary report to OPA. This report provides information on the range of responses received and does not represent a recommended set fee for physiotherapy services in Ontario. Questions?
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There are a number of factors that impact fees for physiotherapy services including location and size of practice, specialty services provided and additional training and credentials. All physiotherapists are required to follow the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario standard on Fees, Billing and Accounts including the requirement that any fees charged are accurate and reasonable.
The results of the survey for all of Ontario show that the weighted* average hourly physiotherapy rate was $135.29. The weighted average for an assessment was $100.74 and for treatment was $70.64. Regional differences were also noted aligning for the most with known regional differences in the costs of business.
Clinics and physiotherapists that offer specialized services such as concussion and vestibular assessments and treatments and pelvic ﬂoor rehabilitation reported specific rates for these services. Such services require significantly more one-on-one time with the physiotherapist and the services provided require specialized knowledge, skills and competencies. As a result, in comparison to the averages of assessment and treatment rates in Ontario, the rates for specialized services were reported as being between 6-25% higher than average assessment and treatment rates.
Physiotherapy fees for worker claimant and auto insurance claimants are established by the WSIB and Superintendent Guideline for auto insurance and were not included in this survey of usual and customary fees.
* A weighted average was used to mitigate variances in fees based on size of clinic and number of staff.
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Professional Corporations (Incorporating for Registered Physiotherapists)
The College also has a Professional Incorporation Guide.
Professional Corporations (Incorporating for Registered Physiotherapists)
There are two nuances to a Professional Corporation when compared to a general corporation. First, there is no alleviation of personal liability for any practical issues (i.e. malpractice). Second, all shareholders must be individuals of a ‘like practice’, i.e. you cannot have your spouse as a shareholder unless they too are a registered physiotherapist.
You must obtain certificates of authorization from the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. In addition, a Professional Corporation has a less stable business life than a business corporation due to the dependence on its members. For example, the death or disqualification of a shareholder may result in the dissolution of the corporation. Incorporating your practice could be a great idea, or another structure might be better. Tax, Liability, Increased Costs as well as Personal Lifestyle and Life Goal Planning should all be considered. The College also has a Professional Incorporation Guide.
We are happy to answer any questions the best we can.
Brian Shumak Financial Services specializes in financial and benefit planning for health professionals and waives their assessment/recommendation fees for members of the OPA in good standing. Contact us to set up a meeting at email@example.com or (416) 577-7505.
Check out content available from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association on independent contractors.
BILL 148 “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017”
Bill 148 – Fairness Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 received Royal Assent on November 27, 2017. Some of the provisions of the Bill were effectively immediately, others came into force and effect on January 1, 2018. Bill 148 amends several existing statutes, namely the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the Labour Relations Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
OPA has compiled a summary of amendments to the laws affected by Bill 148 most relevant to physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants. This summary is meant to assist members in understanding what these changes mean to them and their businesses. This summary does not constitute legal advice and members who require more information on the impact of these changes to their specific circumstances should consult expert advisors.
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ONTARIO HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT
A regulation under the Ontario Health and Safety Act requires that all employers in Ontario have their staff complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. OPA has prepared a resource to assist our members for whom this may apply.
For more information, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (AODA)
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was passed in 2005, to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards that apply to all organizations (public, private, and not-for-profit) with one or more employees in Ontario. Compliance requirements began rolling out in January, 2012; all organizations with one or more employees in Ontario are required by law to comply with the AODA and its accessibility standards.
To learn more about accessibility and the AODA visit the Ministry Website.
FREE TOOLS AND RESOURCES
The Accessibility Compliance Wizard helps you find out what your business must do to comply with Ontario’s accessibility law. It includes timelines for compliance and links to resources.
OPA partnered with Accessibility Ontario, a private training and consultation organization, to provide OPA members with a free 20 minute introductory webinar on complying with AODA standards. Accessibility Ontario also provides services such as templates, training and a webinar series which are available, at a cost, to businesses who wish to use them. OPA members receive a 10% discount on two online training courses (Customer Service Standard and the IASR). To obtain the discount please contact Constance Exley.
Take advantage of additional resources available through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.