Emergency Registration

As you have likely heard in the news, a major concern as the covid-19 numbers grow is the availability of critical care resources for the sickest of these patients. That concern includes the question of whether there are enough mechanical ventilators for these patients, as well as enough health care providers to meet the demands of high patient numbers.

How to Indicate You’re Ready to Help

Anyone willing to help is encouraged to register with the Ministry of Health (MOH) through the HealthForceOntario COVID-19 Health Care Provider Recruitment webpage.

This will allow the MOH to build a regional roster that makes it easier for employers and hospitals to get in touch with those able to help.

This also applies to any RT who is currently registered with the CRTO yet is not currently employed. It also applies to individuals who are willing to help but either do not wish to/are unable to become registered with the CRTO.

Emergency Registration Information

Retired or Resigned Members

Members who have retired and/or resigned their certificate of registration with the CRTO can reapply by submitting an online application for registration. At the time of reapplying, applicants who practised Respiratory Therapy within the last two years are considered to have met the currency requirements. The Registrar will reissue the same class of certificate held prior to retiring/resigning, along with any applicable terms, conditions, or limitations the Member previously held prior to their retirement/resignation.

For applicants who have not practised within the last two to five years, the Registration Committee grants the Registrar the authority to register the individual and apply terms, conditions, or limitations on the certificate of registration in accordance with the Registration Currency Policy.

Applicants who have a currency gap of more than five years will be referred to the Registration Committee for consideration.

Inactive Class of Registration

Members in the Inactive class applying for a General certificate and who have practised respiratory therapy within the last two years are considered to have met the currency requirements. The Registrar will issue the certificate along with any applicable terms, conditions, or limitations the Member previously held prior to going Inactive.

For applicants who have not practised within the last two to five years, the Registration Committee grants the Registrar the authority to register the individual and apply terms, conditions, or limitations on the certificate of registration in accordance with the Registration Currency Policy.

Applicants who have a currency gap of more than five years will be referred to the Registration Committee for consideration.

Respiratory Therapy Students

RT students enrolled in a recognized program who are within ten weeks of successful completion of that program may be considered for registration in the Graduate class. This is contingent on confirmation from the educational program that the applicant has completed the program. In addition, during this state of emergency, these individuals will be considered eligible to write the CBRC exam as a first time writer.

Second-year RT Students (i.e., those who have not completed a substantial amount of the clinical training provided in the program) are not eligible for registration with the CRTO. However, the CRTO supports the deployment of second-year RT students in non-direct patient care roles (e.g., screening, technical support roles in the RT department, etc.).

Out of Province Applicants

Out of province applicants wishing to register with the CRTO will be registered in accordance with the Labour Mobility: Applicants from Regulated Canadian Jurisdictions Policy and the Registration Currency Policy.

Other Supports for RTs to Return to Practice

To help get RTs back into practice quickly, we’re waiving the application fee during this emergency and deferring any registration fees for 6 months (although the full registration will be due at that point). This should help to get RTs back into practice without worrying about an additional financial burden at this challenging time. Please see information registration fees here.

While we will not require proof of insurance at the time of registration, Personal Liability Insurance is still a requirement for any practicing RT. We recognize that many of you will be covered under your employer’s insurance policy. We may ask you for proof of insurance at a later date.

There are a limited number of “refresher” resources for available in our profession but the RTSO has gathered a number of links that may be of help to you in preparing for return to practice. Your employer orientation and onboarding will also be essential in preparing you.

Additional Notes

The Professional Development Program is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis. You will be required to participate in it once the program is reactivated.

We have a number of FAQs addressing a range of topics from redeployment to roles that are out of scope yet within competency, discontinuation of essential services, etc. The FAQs can be found on the CRTO website.

Should anyone have any registration-related questions, please contact Lisa Ng, Manager of Registration, at ng@crto.on.ca or call our office.