March 17, 2020
This morning, the government of Ontario enacted a declaration of emergency to protect the public. This step allows government to require closures of recreational facilities, libraries, schools, childcare centres, bars and restaurants as well as to limit public gatherings to under 50 people. In making the announcement, Premier Ford acknowledged that “these measures will affect people’s everyday lives.”
Considering this, CRPO has made the decision to extend the deadline for payment of renewal fees to June 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST for any registrant whose income will be affected by the pandemic.
PLEASE NOTE: This extension applies only to payment; the information required for renewal must still be provided by the March 31, 2020 deadline.
- To avoid incurring a late fee, all registrants are still required to complete all other on-line renewal steps by the March 31, 2020 11:59 p.m. EST deadline
- This involves registrants reviewing three sections (Currency Hours, Professional and Other Conduct, and Health Professions Database Questions), responding to questions related to Quality Assurance, checking a declaration box and clicking the “Submit Renewal” button at the bottom of the page.
- This part of renewal is necessary for public protection because it requires registrants to provide updated attestations and information relevant to their ability to practice safely.
- Registrants who are late submitting this information may incur a late fee of $150.00 + HST.
- Those who do not complete this part of renewal on or before 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30, 2020 may be suspended. Suspended registrants are no longer able to practise the profession and the suspension is reflected on the Public Register. The fee for lifting a suspension is $350 +HST.
- Partial payments of fees are not accepted. Any registrant paying less than the full renewal fee + HST (please see the Invoices tab in your CRPO account) will be charged an administrative fee of $50 and will not be considered complete until full payment is received
For detailed instructions and assistance, please see the Renewal page on CRPO’s website.
Registrants who have not had any change to their income are asked to adhere to the March 31st, 2020 deadline for payment of the full renewal fee.
We would encourage registrants to consider electronic practice as a way of providing continuity of care while limiting exposure for themselves and their clients. Guidance and resources related to Electronic Practice are available on the CRPO website. Please also see the Advice to RPs regarding COVID-19 page, which is being updated frequently as the situation changes.
Your role as a health care provider will continue to be critical as the pandemic resolves; we want to wish everyone the best during this difficult time.