CRPO often asks the public, members and stakeholders for their feedback on proposed policies, processes, standards and by-laws. This process of gathering input is called a consultation and helps to support CRPO’s work to protect the public interest.

Open Consultations

By-laws: Posting Registration History on the Public Register

Short Summary

This is a modified version of a previous by-law consultation. Instead of posting a registrant’s past administrative suspensions on the public register indefinitely, it is now proposed that a registrant’s past administrative suspensions would be posted on the public register for a minimum of one year. A registrant who has been in good standing for one year may request the notation of past administrative suspension to be removed from the public register.

It is also proposed that a registrant’s past categories of registration (e.g. Inactive, Qualifying) be posted on the public register. This aspect of the proposed by-law has not changed.

Detailed Background Information

The proposed changes to the by-laws pertaining to posting registration history on the public register were originally presented to Council at their March 1, 2019 meeting. At that time, Council approved the following changes to be circulated for public consultation:

Amending article 21.08(vi) by adding “and membership was terminated on or before [Date of Enactment of By-law]” after “non-payment of fees”; and

Enacting as article 21.08(xxiii), “the classes of certificate of registration held by the member and the date on which each certificate was issued.”

The public consultation closed on May 7, 2019; the results were reviewed by Council on June 20, 2019. At the June meeting, Council agreed that further discussion was warranted and so this item was deferred to a future Council meeting.

In September 2019, Mark Pioro, Deputy Registrar & General Counsel, presented an alternate approach to the proposed by-law amendments as recommended by the Executive Committee. The alternate approach aims to address stakeholder perception that posting past administrative suspensions indefinitely is punitive of registrants suspended for reasons beyond their control. He described the option of keeping the registration history regarding non-payment of fees on the public register for a period of twelve months. After this period has passed and the registrant has remained in good standing, the registrant could file a request with CRPO to remove the past suspension notation from the public register. The proposal to post a registrant’s past registration categories was not changed. Council agreed with this approach and the revised proposal was approved by Council for 60-day public consultation.

The proposed by-law changes are as follows:

Enacting as article 21.08(xxiii), “any past classes of registration held by the member and the date on which each certificate was issued;”

Amending article 21.08(vi) after the words “non-payment of fees” by adding “and reinstatement occurred on or before [by-law enactment date]”; and

Enacting as article 21.12 – Removal of Suspension Notation, “Notwithstanding article 21.08(vi), the Registrar shall remove from the register notation of termination of membership if all of the following conditions are met: a. the suspension or revocation was only for non-provision of information required for annual registration renewal or for non-payment of fees, b. the Member submits a request in the form provided by the Registrar, and c. as of the date of the request, the Member has held continuous College membership for the immediate past 12 months.”

Please provide your feedback on the proposed changes by December 9, 2019.

Feedback may be provided via:

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5W8QSPP

Email: info@crpo.ca (subject line: public consultation – posting registration history on public register)

Closed Consultations 2019

By-Law Redundancies

This consultation was regarding amending CRPO by-laws in order to remove certain by-law articles that duplicate recently created regulations concerning the posting of criminal charges and findings of guilt on the public register. Repealing the by-laws, which have inconsistent wording compared with the regulations, can help avoid confusion and misinterpretation. In June 2019, CRPO Council approved these proposed by-law changes to be publicly circulated. This consultation closed on October 3, 2019. Results of the consultation are posted here.

Police Record Checks

This public consultation was regarding making a criminal and judicial matters check a mandatory requirement of an initial application for registration. Currently, mandatory self-disclosures at initial registration and annual renewal are required; a police check is only requested by staff when an individual self-discloses a legal finding. A police check is requested in these cases to verify what the individual has reported. This public consultation closed October 3, 2019. Results of the consultation are posted here.

Registration History on the Public Register

At the March 1, 2019 Council meeting, College staff and Executive Committee recommended amendments to CRPO’s By-laws pertaining to posting registration history on the public register. Council discussed the proposed amendments and approved their circulation for 60-day public consultation. This consultation closed May 7, 2019. Feedback received can be reviewed here.

Draft Regulation Defining "Client" for Sexual Abuse Provisions

CRPO Council authorized a 60-day circulation of a draft regulation on Defining “Client” for Sexual Abuse Provisions. The draft regulation is available here.  This consultation closed on February 8, 2019. Feedback on the consultation is posted here.

Electronic Practice Guideline

CRPO Council authorized a 60-day circulation of a draft Electronic Practice Guideline and draft security practices checklist. The public consultation closed on February 8, 2019. Feedback is posted here.

Closed Consultations 2018

Draft Guideline: Sexual Contact with Former Clients beyond 5-Years Post Termination of Care

A draft guideline, Sexual Contact with Former Clients Beyond Five Years Post-Termination of Care, was posted for public consultation for 60 days, closing on September 13, 2018. Feedback received can be viewed here. The guideline is here.

Draft Regulation Categories of Prescribed Therapies Involving the Practice of Psychotherapy

On December 30, 2017, the government of Ontario proclaimed into force the controlled act of psychotherapy with a two-year transition period to allow the mental health sector a period of time in which individuals may become registered with one of the appropriate colleges or restrict their services so that they do not perform the controlled act.

In conjunction with the proclamation, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care directed the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) to provide more clarity on the meaning of the controlled act of psychotherapy.

CRPO engaged in a broad stakeholder consultation process to get input on the regulation. Feedback on the regulation was closed on June 15, 2018. Survey responses can be reviewed here.

Projet de règlement : catégories de thérapies prescrites comprisesdans la pratique de la psychothérapie

Documents de consultation de la Groupe de travail sur l’acte autorisé (Français)

Draft Policy for "Cooling Off" Period

CRPO received feedback for a 60-day period, closing June 9, on the draft Sexual Contact with Former Clients Within a Five-year “Cooling Off” Period Policy. CRPO Council recommended it for implementation in anticipation of the relevant section of Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017, being proclaimed into force. This is the section that will allow the CRPO to set out in regulation the time period for defining a “cooling off” period during which an individual would continue to fall under the definition of “client” for the purpose of the sexual abuse provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). This is an interim measure that is being proposed while we wait to be able to pass a regulation, since it is unknown how long the regulation making process will take.

Feedback received can be reviewed here.

By-law Review

CRPO asked for stakeholder input for 60 days on proposed changes to CRPO’s by-laws. Submissions received may be viewed here. More information about the changes, which were approved by Council, can be found here.

Controlled Act Task Group Draft Consultation Documents (English)

On December 30, 2017, the government of Ontario proclaimed into force the controlled act of psychotherapy. In conjunction with the proclamation, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care directed the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) to provide more clarity on the meaning of the controlled act of psychotherapy and what practices would not be considered to be part of the controlled act as provided by Registered Psychotherapists.

Specifically, CRPO was compelled to develop:

  • a regulation prescribing therapies involving the practice of psychotherapy, governing the use of prescribed therapies and prohibiting the use of therapies other than the prescribed therapies in the course of the practice of psychotherapy; and
  • policies and other supporting resources that clearly articulate the activities that Council does not consider to be part of the controlled act of psychotherapy. 
The deadline set by the Minister for the completion of this work was July 1, 2018.
In response to the Minister’s direction, CRPO has developed draft documents that were shared for review and comment. View the draft regulation and supporting documents here.

Draft Guideline: Disclosing Information to Prevent Harm

CRPO invited stakeholder comment on a Draft Guideline: Disclosing Information to Prevent Harm.

Received Submissions

Closed Consultations 2016

Transparency By-laws (Phase II)

CRPO invited stakeholder comment on this second phase of proposed by-law provisions designed to enhance transparency of College processes.

Criminal Record Checks

CRPO invited stakeholder comment regarding a possible implementation of a requirement that a completed criminal record check be submitted to the College by applicants and/or Members.

Professional Practice Standards

CRPO invited stakeholder comment on a new Professional Practice Standard: Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and a proposed change to Standard 3.1: Confidentiality.