Physiotherapy is a professional health care discipline directed primarily towards the prevention or alleviation of movement dysfunction in people.

A physiotherapist is a university graduate of an accredited physiotherapy program, who is qualified to:

  • Establish a physical diagnosis and determine a client's movement potential;
  • Plan and implement physiotherapy treatment programs, using specialized knowledge and skills in exercise prescription and hands-on techniques for the prevention and treatment of movement dysfunction; and:
  • Undertake related professional activities such as research, teaching, administration and consultation

Movement dysfunction is any alteration in normal body kinetics that limits effective or efficient body performance. It may be due to pain, congenital anomalies, disease processes, accident or injury, enforced inactivity, problems secondary to aging, or psychological or social stress. The dysfunction may be manifested in actual or potential impairment related to neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, respiratory or cardiovascular systems.

Canadian Schools That Offer Physiotherapy Programs

  • Dalhousie University
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • Queen's University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • Université Laval
  • University of Manitoba
  • Université de Montreal
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • University of Toronto
  • Western University
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Statistics and Reports

Visit the Canadian Institute for Health Information for reports including analysis by various demographic and practice characteristics, such as age and sex, basic and post-basic education in physiotherapy, year and province of graduation, post-basic education in other than physiotherapy, employment status, full-time/part-time status, type of employer, primary area of practice, total annual hours worked and position of employment.

Is Physiotherapy the Career Choice for you?

Interested in Rural and Remote practice? Explore the benefits in this PABC produced video highlighting physios in rural areas of BC. 

We traveled across the province over the summer—to Prince George, Kimberley and Chase—to get a wide snapshot of the landscape of rural and remote physiotherapy province-wide. We spoke with four physiotherapists about their different experiences and communities, and why they all agree that rural and remote practice is the best kind of practice.


Wondering what a day in the life of a physiotherapist is like?

Watch this five minute video.

The video was created by WorkBC. It features Anke Smit, a PABC member, and BC physiotherapist from Penticton, who shows how she helps people move better, reduce pain and recover from injuries. She advises her clients on how muscles and joints can become stronger, keeping British Columbians Moving for Life.