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Synopsis of Process for International Applicants

Details regarding immigrating to Canada for skilled workers such as Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists can be found here...

Below are further details to become eligible to work in British Columbia:

Physical Therapy (PT) (Click to Hide Details...)

Physical Therapists working in British Columbia must be licensed by the provincial regulatory body, the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC). The national body representing the provincial licensing bodies for Physical Therapists in Canada is the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. Physical Therapists who wish to work in British Columbia that have received their training outside of Canada are required to have their education program accredited by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. Details regarding program accreditation can be found here... under the 'Credentialling' Tab.

The next step is to successfully complete the 'Physiotherapy Competency Examination'. Details regarding this exam can be found here...

Internationally trained physical therapists who have had their education programs accredited by the Alliance, and have successfully completed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam are eligible to apply to the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia for full registration. If you have had your education program accredited and are waiting for the next available sitting of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam, then you may apply to the CPTBC for interim registration. Details are available here...

Click here for a document describing the experience of a Physical Therapist trained in Israel immigrating to BC to work in paediatrics.


Occupational Therapy (OT) (Click to Hide Details...)

The Information Portal for Internationally Educated Occupational Therapists (IEOTs) provides a gateway of information about the practice of occupational therapy in Canada: http://www.gocanadaot.com

Occupational Therapists working in British Columbia must be licensed by the provincial regulatory body, the College of Occupational Therapists of BC (COTBC). The national body assisting the provincial regulatory body in the certification and licensing of Occupational Therapists is the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Occupational Therapists who wish to work in British Columbia that have received their training outside of Canada must first establish eligibility to write the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist's (CAOT) Certification Exam. Details regarding the application process for this exam can be found here...

Details and forms required to apply for registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia can be found here...

There is a provisional registration category available for Occupational Therapists who are eligible to write the CAOT Certification Exam and are registered in the next available sitting.


Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) (Click to Hide Details...)

BC has recently established the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of British Columbia to license and regulate SLPs in BC: www.cshhpbc.org

The College’s website has a very useful Frequently Asked Questions document with information specific to out of country applicants on pages 6 and 7

Click here for a document describing the personal experience of an Australian trained SLP in her quest to immigrate to BC to work in a paediatric setting.

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