Pursuit of Regulation
Athletic Therapist Specialty or Class
The pursuit of regulation of the Athletic Therapy profession in Canada is one of the top three priorities of every regional AT organization according to a recent national survey. In Ontario, the pursuit of regulation began in the mid-1980s with an OATA submission to the provincial government. However, the pursuit advanced in earnest under the leadership of past presidents: Marcia Franklin (1991), Kathy Makela (1997) and Janice Holmes (2001).
Since 2015, Athletic Therapists have found a "regulatory home" under the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.
In addition to CATA and Red Cross certification, nearly 60% of OATA members are also registrants of an Ontario health regulatory college practising to the rigour of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). An annual survey of OATA members captures the fact that ATs are members of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO), the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (CKO), the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO) and the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CNO). Currently, the OATA is working towards the creation of an AT Specialty or an AT Class of registrant under the CKO. Over half of Ontario Certified ATs are registrants of the CKO.