Summer 2020
College statement on systemic racism
The College acknowledges that systemic racism is real and present in our society. For true progress to be made on this issue, its existence must be recognized by organizations like ours with a duty to serve and protect the public interest.

We serve and protect all people who use the services of registered kinesiologists, regardless of their race, ethnic origin and other provisions covered under human rights legislation. We also acknowledge that more can and should be done to educate and empower our registrants, Council, volunteers, and staff on the issue of systemic racism. That is why the College is committed to the following actions:

  • Full review of the Code of Ethics for kinesiologists to strengthen provisions around discrimination.
  • Development of learning tools for kinesiologists to help them identify systemic racism and prevent it within the healthcare context.
  • Full review of the Code of Conduct for Council, the College’s decision-making body, to add provisions that address discrimination.
  • Full review of the College’s human resources policies and practices to strengthen provisions around discrimination.

Over the coming months we will work to turn words into action. We will keep you informed of our progress along the way.

Our communities are at a critical turning point in a global fight for justice and equality. We support these efforts and will do our part to advance positive social change.
Class changes during renewal
All kinesiologists, whether registered in the General or Inactive Class, must renew their registration by August 31, 2020.

The College receives several applications for class changes during the renewal period and we do our best to process them quickly. If you plan to change your registration class (e.g. General to Inactive, Inactive to General, etc.), we strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

If you submit a class change between July 1, 2020 and August 21, 2020:
Do not complete the renewal form until you receive confirmation from the College that your class change is approved.

If you submit a class change between August 22, 2020 and August 31, 2020:
The College will not process any requests for class changes during the last week of August. Complete the renewal form and pay the full renewal fee associated with your current class to avoid having your certificate of registration placed in default of payment. If your application for the Inactive Class is approved, you will receive a refund.
What R.Kins are asking us
R.Kins asked, and we've answered. Here are the top practice questions we've been receiving.

Question: I’m a personal trainer. Can I use the designation “PT” in my professional communication? Answer

Question: When do I need to use my designation after my name? Answer

Question: I'm registered with another college that permits the use of testimonials. Can I use testimonials in my kinesiology practice since I’m registered in another profession? What about skill endorsements on LinkedIn? Answer

For answers to your practice questions, contact the College or visit our new standards and resources page to view the standards and guidelines, read practice articles, view practice videos, and more!
Reminder: College's return to practice guidance
With several parts of Ontario moving into Stage 3 of the province's re-opening, the College would like to remind all kinesiologists of the College's re-opening guidance and guidance from the Ministry of Health. As always, if you have questions about re-opening, email us at info@coko.ca.
COVID-19 IPAC webinar
The Colleges of Kinesiologists, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists recently partnered to organize a webinar presented by Public Health Ontario.

The webinar focuses on infection prevention and control (IPAC) principles and IPAC in the context of COVID-19. Two representatives from Public Health presented and answered questions.
Updates to PHIPA
The Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) was amended earlier this year. To reflect these changes, the College updated its guide and overview documents on PHIPA. We've highlighted key changes and uploaded the revised documents to our website. Learn more by clicking below.
Results of the 2020 nomination and election period
This May, nominations for election to Council began in Districts 2, 3 and 4. After the close of the nomination period, Marie Cousineau and Lynne Alis Bonsignore were elected to Council by acclamation for three-year terms in Districts 2 and 4, respectively. Earlier in July, Susan Garfat from District 3 was elected to Council for a three-year term
Introducing peer circles!
We are pleased to announce a new, voluntary Quality Assurance Program initiative being piloted this fall- Peer circles.

Peer circles allow kinesiologists to come together in small, virtual groups to discuss issues relevant to their practice and work through case studies. Peer circles provide an opportunity to learn and develop professional skills with fellow kinesiologists, while growing your professional network.
Tell us what you think
The College released a new practice guideline, and we'd like your feedback.

In a health emergency such as a pandemic, kinesiologists may be asked by an employer to work outside the scope of practice for kinesiology, or they may be re-deployed to another practice setting in which they are unfamiliar or have never worked.

In response to recent events and in preparation for future health emergencies, the College developed the Practice Guideline- Working Outside Scope of Practice during Health Emergencies.
Highlights from the June Council meeting
The College Council, or board of directors, met on June 29 for its quarterly meeting. The College publishes summaries of each Council meeting, and June's summary is available on our website.
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