Click here to download CRPO’s 2014-2015 Annual Report.

See page 6 for the Registrar’s Message:

“As a result of these longstanding concerns, the Ministry directed CRPO to collaborate with the other five colleges whose members would have been authorized to do the controlled act. The goal will be to clarify its meaning so that members of the public and other health care providers can better understand what activities are intended to be restricted. See the MOHLTC’s actual wording in the sidebar. The Ministry is asking that this work be completed by the end of 2015, so we have our work cut out for us!

Controlled act a challenge

From day one, the proposed controlled act has been controversial, as its wording is (perhaps) overly broad, and subject to wide interpretation.  Those with long memories, who have followed the long and winding road to regulation, including the HPRAC* consultations in 2005, may recall that the advisory council recommended against a controlled act. Instead, it suggested an enforceable scope of practice, so unregulated practitioners would not be able to continue practising simply by using another title
and calling their practice something else. This was not to be, however, and the controlled act appeared in the draft Psychotherapy Act where it has challenged and confounded many minds, ever since.

Early on, the transitional Council was advised by legal Council that it should not attempt to define the meaning of words contained in the controlled act — that eventually this would be up to the courts. The TC was advised, however, that it could consider developing “interpretive guidelines” and this appears to be what the Ministry is now asking CRPO and the five other colleges (occupational therapists, nurses, physicians, psychologists and social workers) to do.

It is hoped that clarification of the meaning of the (proposed) controlled act will help members of the public, unregulated health care providers and prospective Members of the new college better understand who needs to be registered and who doesn’t. When the controlled act is proclaimed into law, anyone doing it will be required to be registered with CRPO or one of the other five colleges — unless they are exempted by legislation.  — Joyce Rowlands, Registrar