The Holistic Physiotherapy Profession

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association is fortunate to have a large membership with diverse attitudes, passions, and perspectives that represent the multitude of critical players across the profession of physiotherapy.

  • Acute-care physiotherapists working in hospitals;
  • Physiotherapy teams at rehabilitation centres;
  • Home-care physiotherapists travelling from house to house;
  • Clinic owners managing both practice and business ownership;
  • Physiotherapy assistants and physiotherapy technologists working alongside physiotherapists supporting the rehabilitation of Canadians;
  • Students, new graduate, and resident physiotherapists just entering the profession;
  • Researchers and academics providing critical insight and evidence, as well as educating our future practitioners;
  • And so many more!

The needs of our membership, and the profession, are unique and varied.

This year, at the CPA's Congress 2021, we’re going to explore how we can support the development and education of participants in three fundamental ways that apply, no matter your role in the profession – as a person, as a professional, and as a member of the physiotherapy profession.


"It is not the strongest or most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin

Physiotherapy is a people profession.

People move people.

As we’ve seen over the past year, whether its over video, physically distanced, or masked standing side-by-side, people and relationships are critical to our success.

Soft skills, including communication, leadership, teamwork, adaptability, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and more, form the basis of who we are as physiotherapy professionals, as well as people.

At this year’s event, our content will provide opportunities for you to grow as a person, honing your soft skills that form the foundation of who you are as a physiotherapy professional.

Content examples:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership training
  • How to build a team
  • Using your clinical problem-solving skills in non-clinical situations


“Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.” – Charles Dickens

Physiotherapy is steeped in a 100-year history of evidence-based research that has benefitted the health of Canadians for the century since the Spanish Flu pandemic and now through COVID-19. The quality and application of evidence is the life blood which equips physiotherapy professionals to impact the health and well-being of people around the globe.

Since 1920, we’ve seen the prevalence of physiotherapy and the application of evidence span across many areas of health care as represented by the CPA’s Divisions.

Leaning on our academic community and our Division leaders, the CPA's Congress 2021 will include content that provides a look at cutting-edge research and specialized evidence-based learnings translated to help you as a physiotherapy professional. This year, we intend to deliver our research content in a way that will impact the way you practice when you head back into work the next day.

As was intended at the CPA's Congress 2020, this year’s event will include content spanning across the CPA’s Divisions:

  • Acupuncture
  • Animal Rehabilitation
  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Global Health
  • Leadership
  • Neurosciences
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedic
  • Paediatric
  • Pain Science
  • Private Practice
  • Seniors’ Health
  • Sport
  • Women’s Health


As physiotherapy professionals, the development, evolution, innovation, and strength of our profession is of the utmost importance.

COVID-19 has shaken up the health care system and the impacts have been felt throughout the profession of physiotherapy. The pandemic has shaped our advocacy efforts, strengthened relationships with other profession stakeholders, and redefined the importance of health care to consumers.

This year, the CPA's Congress 2021 will emphasize the present and future of the profession, inviting government officials, advocacy experts, economic analysts, consumer experts, and more to share as we endeavor to understand and shape the next 100 years of physiotherapy.

Content examples:

  • Consumer perspectives of physiotherapy before and after the outbreak
  • Advocacy and COVID-19 – repositioning the profession
  • COVID-19 foresight working group findings
  • The new Long-Term Care – positioning physiotherapy and Healthy Aging
  • The economic benefits of preventative care
  • Perspectives from government decision makers

The CPA is excited to launch the Congress 2021 program early in the year and support all participants as people, professionals, and our peers in the profession of physiotherapy.

Learn more about the CPA's Congress 2021 as it becomes available at:

Congress 2021


Registration is Now Open!