Quebec physiotherapy graduates

Anyone who holds a master’s in physiotherapy from a Quebec university or a diploma in physical rehabilitation techniques (physiotherapy techniques) under the Regulation respecting diplomas issued by designated educational institutions which give access to permits or specialist’s certificates of professional orders, can obtain either a physiotherapy or physical rehabilitation therapy license and register with OPPQ.

How do I obtain a physiotherapy license in Quebec?

Physiotherapist graduates must submit an application for a license to practice and first-time registration to the OPPQ Admissions Department. The following documents must be provided to OPPQ for review:

  • A completed application for a license to practice physiotherapy and first-time registration (in French only)
  • An official copy of your academic transcript or a supporting diploma, as the case may be Note: If your university has not yet issued your diploma, we will accept a confirmation of completion issued by the physiotherapy program director. The head of the program must send the confirmation directly to the Admissions Department. Once you receive your final transcript or diploma, you must send a copy to OPPQ to complete your application.
  • A recent passport photo
  • If you studied at an English-language university in Quebec, you must provide proof of your knowledge of French in compliance with the requirements of Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF). Without this proof, OPPQ cannot issue you a license
  • Payment of the registration, membership, and professional liability insurance fees and any special dues (pages 8, 9, or 10 on the application form)
  • Optional A completed checklist listing all the documents required for your application (page 11 of the application form)

You application must be sent by mail or email to the OPPQ Admissions Department. You may also fax the documents if you send your passport photo by mail or email and pay by credit card.

Once the Admissions Department has verified the documents, the OPPQ secretary will issue your license.

How do I obtain a physical rehabilitation therapy license in Quebec?

Graduates with a diploma in physical rehabilitation techniques (physiotherapy techniques) must submit an application for a license to practice and first-time registration to the OPPQ Admissions Department. The graduate must submit the following documents to OPPQ for review:

  • A completed application for a license to practice physical rehabilitation therapy and first-time registration
  • An official copy of your academic transcript or a supporting diploma, as the case may be Note: If your college has not yet issued your diploma, we will accept a confirmation of completion issued by the physical rehabilitation techniques (physiotherapy techniques) program director. The head of the program must send the confirmation directly to the Admissions Department. Once your receive your final transcript or diploma, you must send a copy to OPPQ to complete your application.
  • A recent passport photo
  • If you studied at an English-language college in Quebec, you must provide proof of your knowledge of French in compliance with the requirements of Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF). Without proof of your knowledge of French, OPPQ cannot issue you a license
  • Payment of the registration fees, membership fees, professional liability insurance and any special contributions (pages 7, 8, or 9 on the application form)
  • Optional – A completed checklist listing all the documents required for your application (page 10 of the application form)

You application must be sent by mail or email to the OPPQ Admissions Department. You may also fax the documents if you send your passport photo by mail or email and pay by credit card.

Once the Admissions Department has verified the documents, the OPPQ secretary will issue your license.

What types of licenses does OPPQ issue?

OPPQ issues three types of licenses: regular licenses, temporary restricted licenses, and temporary licenses. These licenses are issued to both categories of OPPQ professional: physiotherapists and physical rehabilitation therapists.

Regular license

Regular licenses are issued to all applicants who wish to practice physiotherapy and meet the following conditions:

  1. Holds a recognized degree or diploma in physiotherapy or physical rehabilitation therapy
  2. Has diploma or training equivalency
  3. Is legally authorized to practice physiotherapy outside of Quebec

Temporary restricted license

Temporary restricted licenses are issued to any applicant who needs to update their skills to obtain equivalency. The board of directors will set the applicant’s practice conditions.

Temporary license

Temporary licenses are valid for one year. They are issued to applicants who are declared qualified to practice their profession, but who do not meet French language knowledge requirements. This license can be renewed with authorization from Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF).

What are the possible statuses?

All physiotherapy professionals with a license may register with OPPQ in one of the following membership categories: regular member, retired member, or member outside Quebec.

Regular members

Regular members have the right to practice physiotherapy anywhere in Quebec. They pay annual membership fees and other OPPQ dues as well as contributing to professional liability insurance. Note that OPPQ offers a 50% reduction on membership fees if the member was unable to work at least six months of the year due to illness or maternity/paternity leave. Members who are studying full time can also request a 30% reduction while still being able to practice.

Retired members

Retired members are 60 years or older and have stopped working or volunteering as a physiotherapist.

Members outside Quebec

Members outside Quebec practice physiotherapy exclusively outside Quebec.

I graduated from a Quebec institution over three years ago and never applied for a license in Quebec. How do I obtain a license?

You must apply for a license to practice from the Admissions Committee under the Regulation on OPPQ internships and professional development courses.

To learn more about the procedure, visit the Resuming practice page.

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OTHER QUESTIONS

I have a degree in physiotherapy from a Quebec university. How long will it take to obtain my license once I have submitted all the documents for my initial registration with OPPQ?

The response time varies depending on the number of new registrations received. We consider your registration a priority. If your application is complete, it will be processed within ten days of receipt.

I have a degree in physiotherapy from a Quebec university. Can I get a certificate for manual therapy and if so, how?

In accordance with section 7 of the Regulation respecting training requirements for physiotherapists to perform spinal and joint manipulations, from the university programs below may request a joint manipulation training certificate (peripheral):

  • Master’s in physiotherapy from Université de Montréal, 2015 and subsequent graduates
  • Continuum Bachelor-Master’s program in physiotherapy from Université Laval, 2015 and subsequent graduates
  • Master’s in physiotherapy from McGill University including the optional Advanced Manual Therapy course (PHTH 662), 2015 and subsequent graduates
  • Master’s in physiotherapy from Université de Sherbrooke, 2016 and subsequent graduates who have completed the course “formation sur les manipulations articulaires” (PHT 815).

Graduates who wish to receive a training certificate from OPPQ are invited, once they are members, to click on the Règlement sur les manipulations et demande d’attestation section of My Account.

What is the employment situation like in Quebec?

The employment situation in Quebec changes from year to year. It depends on the need for services in different regions of Quebec as well as government priorities for the public sector workforce.

Physiotherapists and physical rehabilitation therapists can work in both the public sector, which is financed by the government (hospitals, specialized facilities), as in the private sector (private practice or private clinic).

For more information on the employment situation and salaries, please consult the following websites:

I would like to join the OPPQ. What fee category should I choose on the fee notice if I haven’t found a job yet?

If you are looking for work, we suggest you choose the category “Regular member in the public/private sector” with OPPQ insurance. That way, you are free to work in the public or private sector. When renewing your annual contribution in February or March, you can choose the category that best reflects the type of job you have.

Can I get my membership fees refunded if I was not working full time?

There is no contribution category for temporary or part time work. The registration year starts on April 1 and ends on March 31 each year.

How will I receive my license number?

You will receive your license number by mail. Later, you will receive an envelope in the mail containing documents for you to consult, your license to practice, your member card, and your tax receipts.

Do I need to have passed the government’s French exam to obtain a license?

The official language of Quebec is French (Charter of the French Language, Art. 35).

If you have studied at an English vocational college or university in Quebec, you must provide proof of your knowledge of French in compliance with the requirements of Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) before obtaining a license.