2022 in Advocacy
Canadian Physiotherapy Association pens open letter to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister on Budget 2023–24 recommendations. Following the submission of their pre-Budget recommendations to the Federal Standing Committee on Finance, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association is calling for the Federal government to work with the physiotherapy sector to explore innovative care delivery solutions that utilize the distinct skills of physiotherapy professionals to help reduce the strain on Canada’s health care system and address our country’s health care crisis.
On National Seniors Day, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and its Seniors’ Health Division acknowledge the contributions of older adults, and thank physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, physiotherapy technologists and physiotherapy students across Canada for their work to support healthy aging and improve the quality of life of millions of older Canadians.
As Members of Parliament return to Ottawa for the House of Commons fall session, the Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) looks forward to collaborating with federal leaders and policy makers to address some of the most pressing healthcare issues facing Canadians.
On August 8, the Government of Canada announced that it reached a tentative agreement with Bargaining Agents and retiree representatives on a renewed Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP).
This year, to mark National Physiotherapy Month, #NPM2022, we are highlighting the importance of our profession in an area that has been the talk of the town for the last couple of years. Long COVID. We want to share with you the many ways our profession can help and support Long COVID.
Over the next ten years, the growth in demand for physiotherapists in Canada will outstrip the number of new job seekers entering the profession. The labour shortage in the industry will continue to persist at a national level, and the aging population, coupled with longer life expectancy, means the demand for health professionals, including physiotherapists, physiotherapy technologists and physiotherapist assistants will sharply increase. This will result in a reduced availability of physiotherapy services, for a profession that is already experiencing burnout and exhaustion. Unfortunately, this experience for those working in the industry has been compounded by the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian healthcare system.
Recognizing the urgency for a profession-wide dialogue on the future of licensure and competency assessment for physiotherapy and developing a long-term solution to the gaps exposed from the pandemic, the CPA is introducing its CPA Future of Licensure Project. The CPA’s Future of Licensure Project consists of a Future of Licensure Taskforce, an environmental scan and the development of a critical report and recommendations to guide profession-wide alignment on a long-term, national approach to addressing licensure and competency assessment in the profession for the future.