The Physiotherapist Assistant Grant Program was established by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (PFC) in 2015 to support National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly (NPAA) member(s) to pursue continuing professional development and translate learning in their local community. It also intends to recognize the contribution that NPAA members make to the profession and to CPA. This grant is funded by the PFC. Please note that this grant is not open to students.


The grant is awarded by the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada on the advice of the PTA review committee.  


The PTA grant will support continuing professional development identified as relevant to the member’s role and the knowledge will be used to improve health service delivery at the individual, profession or systems’ level. This could include either a continuing education course or CPA Congress event that the applicant would like to attend. Knowledge translation is an important component of this grant.


Where more than one application is received the reviewers have the right to decide on the distribution of the award which may be provided to more than one applicant.


The grant is open to PTA members of the CPA in good standing, but is not open to students. 


  1. Applicants must:
    • Upload proof of the completion of the course (e.g. certificate)
    • Outline the relevance of continuing education course to career goals
  2. Applications are accepted only ONLINE and must be received by the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada by March 15th, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET. Applicants must submit their application through the online EventsAir system.
  3. Notification on the outcome of applications will be provided in writing no later than June 1, 2024. The award will be distributed immediately upon the member accepting receipt of the award.
  4. Applicants are invited to submit their application for funding in either official language.

Review Process

Each application will be assessed by a member of the NPAA Administrative Council and a representative of the CPA Board (NPAA Board liaison / PTA Director)

Financial Administration

  1. Dependent on funding, the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada will pay the grant up to a maximum of $2,500. If the winner’s continuing education course costs less than $2,500, the remainder of the grant will be made available to the runner-up. This pattern continues until $2,500 is distributed for the grant.
  2. After the continuing education course receipt(s) are received by PFC, the recipient(s) will receive the grant money.