June/July 2022
Council elections 2022
The Council election period will be open from July 12 to July 19.

There are currently three eligible candidates running for election in District 1 and two eligible candidates in District 7.

Ben Matthie was elected to Council by acclamation for a three-year term in District 5. Congratulations Ben! As a result, there is no election in District 5 this July.

The first nomination period in District 4 did not produce any candidates and the subsequent by-election had the same results. The College is reviewing its options for filling this Council seat.

Make sure you check your email on July 12 for the link to your ballot to vote in the election. This is your opportunity to have a say in who will be elected to the Council that sets the College’s strategic and policy direction.

Results will be emailed and posted on the website in August.

Please stay tuned for updates and check your email for your invitation to vote.
Annual membership renewal now open
All kinesiologists, whether registered in the General or Inactive Class, must renew their registration by August 31 of each year.

The renewal portal opened on July 1 and the College notified registrants by email that the renewal portal was open.

Please make sure that your contact information is current when you renew. Learn more about renewal.
September entry-to-practice exam
The fall sitting for the College’s entry-to-practice exam is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2022. The exam will be offered online and will be remotely proctored.

The exam is competency-based and tests more than just your knowledge. To prepare, you should have a good understanding of the competencies outlined in the Kinesiologist Core Competency Profile . You should also review all Practice Standards and Guidelines. The College has a free practice test complete with additional resources that you are encouraged to review before writing the exam. Learn more about the practice test and other study resources.

Applicants are also encouraged to visit our website for details on testing accommodations, deadlines, deferrals, withdrawals, and much more. The College will be hosting a webinar that shares information about the exam, including what to expect and how to prepare. If you have questions, please contact us at examination@coko.ca.
Mandatory mask mandates ended with wind-down of COVID-19 measures

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) announced the lifting of most of the province’s remaining provincial masking requirements as of June 11, 2022.

Although most mandatory masking has ended, masks will still be required in long-term care and retirement homes, and are also recommended in higher risk living settings like shelters and group homes. Other organizations may implement their own policies.
Also on June 11, 2022, the remaining Directives were revoked and replaced with Ministry of Health guidance for health care workers and organizations. This includes advice on when masks should be worn in hospitals and other health care settings. Kinesiologists should respect the choices of any individuals who wish to remain masked and should follow public health guidance on health and safety protocols.

With the wind-down of provincial emergency response measures and the shift to managing COVID-19 through routine operations, all healthcare workers including kinesiologists are encouraged to remain up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters once they become eligible.
Peer and practice assessment: stratified random sampling
In the fall/winter 2022 peer and practice assessment cycle, the College will be introducing stratified random sampling based on the professional liability insurance (PLI) status of registrants.

How it works
The College will be reviewing registrants’ PLI. Registrants who have not provided proof of PLI or hold PLI that does not meet the College’s requirements will be entered into a stratified random sampling pool for peer and practice assessment selection. Twenty per cent of peer and practice assessments will be selected from this pool.

Why this measure is being introduced
The College works to ensure that its regulatory approach is risk-based while emphasizing a right-touch approach (using the minimum amount of regulatory power to address a particular issue).
PLI protects both kinesiologists and their patients/clients. It also provides financial compensation to patients/clients who have been harmed because of malpractice or negligence by a kinesiologist; and it protects the kinesiologist by providing legal and financial support if a claim is made against them.

The College will monitor peer and practice assessment results to identify additional areas of risk, and adjust stratified random sampling and other selection procedures as needed.
Building your quality assurance portfolio
The College’s Quality Assurance Program requires registrants to maintain a personal quality assurance portfolio. The portfolio allows kinesiologists to easily track and demonstrate their participation in quality assurance activities like individual learning plans, continuing professional development and the biennial self-assessment. The portfolio may be reviewed as part of peer and practice assessment for kinesiologists who are selected or who have volunteered to participate in that program.

The portfolio can be stored as a hard copy (print) or electronically. Contents of the portfolio should be protected against loss or damage. Kinesiologists who store their portfolio electronically should also be able to print a hard copy for review by the College or a peer assessor.

The portfolio must contain:
  1. The two most recently completed self-assessments
  2. The two most recently completed individual learning plans (ILP)
  3.  A record of continuing professional development activity undertaken in line with the ILP, as specified by the Quality Assurance Committee (this record must be retained for two years)
  4.  Evidence of participation in a learning activity as described in the ILP (this must be retained for two years).

Kinesiologists can also include the following in their portfolio:
  1. Feedback from patients/clients
  2. Resume
  3. Performance reviews
  4. Presentations given by the kinesiologist
  5. Publications (e.g., journal articles or other publications written by the kinesiologist).

The College encourages kinesiologists to review its Portfolio Contents and Format Policy and to reach out to the College’s quality assurance staff (qualityassurance@coko.ca) with questions regarding the portfolio.
Keep your information current
Remember to let us know if there are any changes to your employment information, address or contact details including changes to your primary email address – within 30 days of the change.

To check the information we have on file for you, go to the Public Register

Please use the Employment and Contact Information Change form to let us know about any changes. You can also email the College at info@coko.ca if you have any questions.
Please do not unsubscribe if you are registered with the College. If you do unsubscribe, you will be contacted by staff to re-subscribe as the College primarily communicates to registrants via email. We strive to keep communications relevant and to a minimum. Information regarding registration matters (annual renewal deadline, quality assurance requirements, etc.), and important news and updates are sent via email. The College works on the assumption that all registrants receive all of our emails.