“Incapacity” is when a kinesiologist is suffering from a physical or mental condition or disorder that can impact the quality of the care they provide, to the extent that their practice should be subject to conditions or limitations, or suspended. Where concerns arise that a kinesiologist may be incapacitated, the College must investigate the kinesiologist’s health and take appropriate actions to protect the public.
The College’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) can inquire into a kinesiologist’s health and whether they may be incapacitated. The ICRC may require the kinesiologist to submit to a physical or mental examination by a healthcare provider, such as a physician, and can suspend the kinesiologist’s registration if they refuse to comply. If the ICRC is concerned that a kinesiologist’s physical or mental state may pose a risk to their patients/clients, it may direct that the kinesiologist’s practice be subject to conditions or limitations, or suspended.
If the ICRC believes that a kinesiologist may be incapacitated, it can refer the matter to the Fitness to Practise Committee for a hearing. The Fitness to Practise Committee is responsible for conducting a hearing into and determining whether a kinesiologist is incapacitated. Because the hearing deals with sensitive health matters, they are not open to the public unless requested by the kinesiologist.
If a kinesiologist is found to be incapacitated, the Fitness to Practise Committee can:
- revoke the kinesiologist’s registration;
- suspend the kinesiologist’s registration (generally until the kinesiologist has demonstrated to the College that they have recovered);
- impose terms, conditions or limitations on the kinesiologist’s registration for a specified or indefinite period of time.
The Committee may also specify criteria that must be satisfied for the removal of terms, conditions or limitations, or for the suspension to be lifted.
Concerns about incapacity
Anyone who is concerned that a kinesiologist may be incapacitated should contact the College via email or at (416) 961-7000 ext. 100.