The following page contains guidance and direction for kinesiologists. Check this page frequently for updates.
College's statement on the Ontario Government's framework for re-opening the province
The College has reviewed Ontario’s A Framework for Reopening our Province. The document outlines the principles the government will use to re-open businesses, services and public spaces in gradual stages. It also explains the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health will use to help advise the government on when it is safe to begin loosening public health restrictions.
The College is closely monitoring activities related to the province’s re-opening, specifically for guidance and timelines for health professionals. As soon as more information is available, we will develop guidance for kinesiologists to help them re-start their practice and offer services in a safe manner.
We would like to thank kinesiologists for their patience during this difficult time. We understand the sacrifices you are making by stopping your practice or reducing services. These efforts are going a long way in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Thank you.
Currently, the Chief Medical Officer of Health's (CMOH) directive is in effect for all kinesiologists. If this directive changes, we will update all kinesiologists accordingly.
To re-cap: On March 19, 2020, the CMOH issued a directive to all regulated health professionals or individuals who operate a group practice of regulated health professionals (e.g. clinic owners). The CMOH directed that all non-essential and elective services should be ceased or reduced to minimal levels, subject to allowable exceptions, until further notice. Allowable exceptions can be made for time sensitive circumstances that prevent negative patient/client outcomes, or that prevent situations that would have a direct impact on patient/client safety. Read the directive.
What the CMOH's directive means for kinesiologists
All kinesiologists must follow the CMOH's directive and ensure that they are only providing essential services. We have developed FAQs that answer questions about this directive and other COVID-19 questions. Jump to the FAQs.
What the CMOH's directive means for virtual services
The College received clarification from the Ministry of Health that virtual service should be limited to essential services only. This means that regulated health professionals, including kinesiologists, who want to provide services virtually, should only be providing essential services virtually. We have created FAQs on what is essential and virtual services. Jump to the FAQs.
The reason for stopping or reducing non-essential services
In addition to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting people's health, the idea behind stopping or reducing non-essential services is to minimize strain on the healthcare system so that other care is prioritized (i.e. for those showing symptoms or suffering from COVID-19).
The Ministry of Health's goal is to build and preserve the health system for a potential surge in the incidence of COVID-19 patients, and possible burnout of current front-line health workers. The Ontario Government is asking health professionals to step up and support efforts to combat COVID-19.
Guidance for kinesiologists