November 2020
New COVID-19 lockdowns in Toronto and Peel
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On November 20, 2020, the Ontario Government announced that Toronto and Peel Region (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon) would move into the grey zone (i.e. lockdown) of the province's new COVID-19 response framework.

This means that gyms and fitness facilities in both areas must close for at least 28 days, among other restrictions. The Ministry of Health has clarified that restrictions on gyms and fitness facilities only apply if a kinesiologist owns/operates or works at a facility for indoor sports and indoor recreational fitness activities.
COVID-19 guidance
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The College would like to remind all kinesiologists of the College's COVID-19 guidance. This guidance was developed following the latest public health requirements, and is designed to keep you and your patients/clients safe. A few general reminders:

  • Screen patients/clients at the time of booking and on the day of appointment. Consider virtual care as an option, particularly if a patient/client screens positive for exposure to the virus or is at risk of complications should they contract COVID-19.
  • Always wear a mask and other appropriate PPE.
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a Health Canada approved sanitizer before and after each patient/client interaction and when putting on and taking off PPE.
  • Clean and disinfect all patient/client contact surfaces after each use.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces in your place of employment, such as reception and break room surfaces.

As always, if you have questions about COVID-19 and the impacts on practice, email Danielle Lawrence, the College's Practice Advisor, at danielle.lawrence@coko.ca.
Notice of the 2020 self-assessment
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The 2020 self-assessment period will begin on December 1, 2020 and all registrants in the General Class must submit a self-assessment by March 1, 2021.

The College listened to your feedback and we are pleased to announce that the self-assessment must be submitted every two years instead of every year.

This year’s assessment has also been refined to focus on risk areas in kinesiology practice and some portions have been streamlined, making completion easier and faster. We’ve also added instructions for registrants who are not working and must complete the self-assessment.
Updates to PHIPA
The Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) was changed 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.
Important note: Phising emails
The College is aware that other professionals are receiving phishing emails that appear to come from their regulator. These emails encourage the recipient to click links that may result in the theft of personal information or the installation of malware. Please contact the College at info@coko.ca if you receive an email that appears to be suspicious, or that is inconsistent with our usual communications.
Update on College operations
Please note that the College continues to operate a virtual office and will do so until further notice. All meetings continue to be conducted virtually. This decision was made to support public health recommendations and to protect the health and well-being of visitors to the office, staff, and Council and committee members.
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