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If you are interested in working as a Physiotherapist in Canada, you will be pleased to know that the job outlook for your occupation in Canada is extremely positive.

You can use this overview of the Canadian employment prospects in your field to start planning your immigration and settlement in Canada.


Important statistics for this occupation:

  • Canada is in need of health workers across the country, as demand for health services is growing faster than the labour market can meet.
  • Immigrants comprise about 7% of workers in this field, a number that is expected to rise due to recent government initiatives.
  • 43% of Physiotherapists work in offices, 39% in hospitals, 9% in long-term care facilities, and 8% in community service centers.
  • Demand for Physiotherapists has increased due to Canada’s ageing population, increased presence of ambulatory care, and improvement in the survival rate of accident victims and newborns.
  • Women hold 82% of jobs in this field.
  • In Ontario, workers in this field make $67,000 per year on average.

Duties for Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists assess patients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients. Physiotherapists are employed in hospitals, clinics, industry, sports organizations, rehabilitation centres and extended care facilities, or they may work in private practice.

Description of Main Duties

Physiotherapists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assess patients' physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests
  • Establish treatment goals with patients based on physical diagnoses
  • Plan and implement programs of physiotherapy including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, the use of electro-therapeutic and other mechanical equipment and hydro-therapy
  • Evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly
  • Communicate with referring physician and other healthcare professionals regarding patients' problems, needs and progress
  • Maintain clinical and statistical records and confer with other health care professionals
  • Develop and implement health promotion programs for patients, staff and the community
  • May conduct research in physiotherapy
  • May provide consulting or education services.

Example job titles for Physiotherapists:

  • Physical therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Registered physiotherapist
  • Research physiotherapist

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