Cross-border physiotherapy refers to services performed across a provincial border for the purpose of transferring expertise or physiotherapy knowledge, improving individual choice and enabling greater efficiencies. 

You are eligible for registration on the Courtesy Register for the purpose of providing cross-border physiotherapy if you intend to provide:

  • Tele-rehabilitation service for the purpose of continuing to provide care for patients whose physiotherapy began in your primary jurisdiction and would benefit from continued and time-limited service in Alberta.
  • Tele-rehabilitation service for the purpose of providing care where services are not available in Alberta but would benefit patients. 
  • In-person services for the purpose of continuing to provide care for patients whose physiotherapy began in your primary jurisdiction and would benefit from continued and time-limited service in Alberta.
  • In-person services for the purpose of providing care where services are not available in Alberta but would benefit patients.

If you want to provide services in Alberta which do not meet the criteria above, you may choose to apply for registration on our General Register.

The criteria all applicants must meet.

Current registration

Currently registered in Canada and the register or license type you currently have is similar to our General Register.

Character + Reputation

Are of good character and reputation. There is no past or present behaviour or conduct that would put the Alberta public at risk.

Liability insurance

You personally hold professional liability insurance in the amount of $5 million to ensure coverage wherever you practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta, regardless of role or employment environment.

Apply to be registered

To apply to be registered you must submit a completed application form with the required documents including the application fee. There are two types of documents. Those you submit directly to Physiotherapy Alberta and those that you arrange another party to send directly to Physiotherapy Alberta.

Documents you send directly to Physiotherapy Alberta:

  • The checklist to ensure all required documents are submitted.
  • Application. The form you will submit to start the registration process.
  • Payment. Payment for the application fee.
  • Identification. Documents to confirm your identity.
  • Liability insurance. Copy of Certificate of Insurance. Note: your application can not be approved before the effective date of your insurance policy. 

Documents you arrange another party to send directly to Physiotherapy Alberta.

Character + reputation. Regulatory History form from the Canadian jurisdiction where you are currently registered as a physiotherapist to confirm your registration status and conduct history.

All Physiotherapy Alberta forms are in PDF format which allows you to:

  • Download the form. 

  • Fill in the form electronically, except your signature. You must print the form before signing.

  • Save the completed form in case  you need to make changes (works only if you complete the downloaded version).

Email your completed form(s) to registration@physiotherapyalberta.ca

What to expect after you apply

  • Email within 3 business days to confirm your application is received.
  • Access to an online site where you can monitor your application and registration status.
  • Email from registration staff if a matter requires further review.

To ensure fair and equitable treatment of all applicants, applications are dealt with in the order received. Applications files are typically assessed by staff, however, the Registrar may refer any matter to the Registration Committee to consider.

What to expect when Physiotherapy Alberta determines your application file is complete

  • Your application will be considered and a decision normally made within 5* business days.
  • If approved, practice permit issued entitling you to practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta.
  • Your name to appear on the member register enabling the public and employers to verify your registration status.

Applications may also be deferred, refused, or conditions imposes if it is in the best interest of the public. Decisions or actions taken by Physiotherapy Alberta can be reviewed by the provincial Ombudsman in accordance with the Ombudsman Act.

*To the extent possible a decision on your complete application will be made within 5 business days, however, it may take longer during our peak time (August, September and October).

Fees paid to Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association

The application fee is $118 and collected when your application file is complete.

Timelines

A decision on a complete file is approximately 5 business days.

Renewal

Your practice permit is valid from the date that it is issued until September 30. You are able to renew your practice permit between August 1 and September 30 of each year. 

Physiotherapists are autonomous health professionals accountable for their conduct and practice. As such, you are required to personally hold professional liability insurance to ensure coverage when you practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta, regardless of role or employment environment. The amount of coverage you must have is  $5 million per occurrence/patient and $5 million minimum for the policy year.

Liability insurance is offered through a variety of providers. We've included links to insurance programs providing coverage to the majority of Alberta physiotherapists. Not all policies offer the same coverage.

You are responsible for reviewing each policy and making an informed decision. Physiotherapy Alberta does not endorse a specific product or validate the information contained within each provider's website.

Physiotherapy Alberta collects information from members for regulatory purposes. This includes determining eligibility for registration, maintaining the member register and implementing the investigation and discipline process. The information is also used to support activities that further Physiotherapy Alberta’s mandate to protect the public interest (e.g., workforce planning and research that promotes innovative, quality physiotherapist care). Physiotherapy Alberta keeps complete registration files for 10 years following removal from the register.

Who do we share your information with?

Information on the Register of Members must be disclosed to the public upon request. This includes your name, registration number, registration status, conditions imposed on your practice permit, current or previous employment information (e.g., employer’s name and address), whether you are authorized to independently perform an advanced restricted activity, and conduct findings on record. Members of the public may access information on the register by contacting Physiotherapy Alberta directly or through our online register

Under the Health Professions Act, Physiotherapy Alberta is required by law to provide demographic, education and practice information to the Minister of Health and Wellness for health workforce planning purposes.

Physiotherapy Alberta may disclose information that is summarized or in a statistical form so that it is not possible to relate the information to any particular identifiable person.

Other than regulatory notice, members must consent to the use of their email address for other communication with Physiotherapy Alberta. Consent is granted using the member's online profile.

How can you access and correct your information?

You may access and correct most information through your online account. Information that may not be changed online must be brought to the attention of registration staff.

Who should you contact for more information?

Contact Physiotherapy Alberta’s Privacy Officer if you have questions about the collection, use and disclosure of your information. 780.438.0338 or info@physiotherapyalberta.ca.

What is tele-rehabilitation?

Tele-rehabilitation is the provision of physiotherapy services which involves communication with a patient who is remotely located from the primary physiotherapist providing service. It can include video conferencing, email, apps, web-based communication or wearable technology for example. The physiotherapist may or may not be present with the patient. All of the professional behaviours involved in the exchange of information are the same as if the patient is in direct face to face contact with the physiotherapist.

Tele-rehabilitation can be used to serve the public interest by delivering services not otherwise available without compromising quality of care or regulatory accountability. Services should always be provided in accordance with standards or any other applicable guidelines.

What is in-person service?

In-person services are those physiotherapy services provided by a physiotherapist in direct face-to-face contact with a person. 

Which rules and standards do I need to follow?

When providing patient care in Alberta you need to follow the laws, regulations, standards of practice and code of ethical conduct for physiotherapists in Alberta. If a patient has a complaint about the care you provided, they may wish to file their complaint in your primary (home) province or in Alberta. it is possible that both jurisdictions will investigate the complaint. If this occurs the Colleges in both provinces will work together on the investigation.

If I am no longer registered with the College in my primary (home) jurisdiction, can I still be registered on Physiotherapy Alberta's Courtesy Register to provide cross-border services?

No. Registration on the Courtesy Register to provide cross-border services is only an option for individuals registered in another Canadian jurisdiction. You would need to apply for registration on our General Register if you wished to continue to deliver patient care in Alberta.

How will I be paid for the services I provide?

You will need to contact the payor/funding source to find out about reimbursement for the care you provide.

May I provide restricted activities?

You may provide the restricted activities for which you are authorized in Alberta. More information and the application process is available here.