Learn about the differences amongst the following organizations:

CPA and PABC

  • CPA represents over 12,500 physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapist students across Canada. CPA members are rehabilitation professionals dedicated to the health, mobility and fitness of Canadians. In partnership with provincial and territorial branches and practice divisions, CPA enables members to learn, share knowledge and enhance practice. CPA provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to allow our professional community to better serve Canadians.
  • CPA is the national association respresenting physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapist students across Canada
  • PABC is a provincial branch of CPA

Your Union and PABC

Those working in public practice sometimes mistakenly believe that their union acts as a professional association. PABC meets twice annually with HSA to discuss issues of concern to public practice physiotherapists. Here’s some clarification on roles:

  • Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) is a union representing more than 16,000 health care and social service professionals (about 1000 of whom are PTs)
  • HSA negotiates the collective agreement with the Employer (HEABC)
  • HSA works to preserve and promote public health care in BC
  • PABC represents the interests of 2,300+ physiotherapists in BC
  • PABC supports the professional interests of physiotherapists as determined by physiotherapists
  • PABC reinforces the position of physiotherapy as a primary voice in health care throughout BC
  • PABC promotes the profession to the public through TV, website, Social Media, print media

CPTBC and PABC

Physiotherapy Association of
British Columbia 

College of Physical Therapy of
British Columbia

Represents interests of its members

Represents the public interest 

Advocates for the profession; provides leadership and direction for the profession

Regulates the profession; oversees professional standards, and sets scope of practice

Voluntary membership 

Mandatory registration; issues license to practice 

Provides leadership and direction to the physiotherapy profession

Ensures practice quality management 

Provincial branch of national association

Provincial mandate 

Fosters excellence in practice, education and research

Investigates complaints, and rules on disciplinary actions

Member-driven activities 

College-driven activities