About Us

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CCPUP is a not-for-profit incorporated entity governed by its members – directors of the 15 accredited physiotherapy education programs in Canada. A leadership team (Executive Committee) oversees day-to-day operations. The current Executive Committee consists of:

  • Chair:  Mark Garrett - University of Manitoba
  • Chair-Elect: Alison Rushton - Western University
  • Past-Chair: Dany Gagnon - Université de Montréal
  • Chair, National Association of Clinical Educators in Physiotherapy (NACEP):  Jasdeep Dhir - McMaster University
  • Executive Director: Margaret Duffy


For general inquiries, contact info@ccpup.ca 

Vision Statement

CCPUP provides leadership to achieve a shared culture of excellence in physiotherapy education, research and practice, anchored in societal needs.

Mission Statement

CCPUP drives collaboration and innovation among education programs to achieve educational and practice excellence for entry-level physiotherapists. 

Overarching Principle

The Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs (CCPUP) endeavors to create an environment whereby all members of our community feel valued and respected for their contributions to our shared mission and goals. CCPUP is committed to promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenous reconciliation across all activities to advance physiotherapy education and practice.

CCPUP Values

CCPUP is committed to the pursuit of excellence in physiotherapy education, supported by continuous quality improvement, informed by research, scholarship and societal needs.


CCPUP is committed to respectful and meaningful collaboration, and shared responsibility at all levels of engagement with members, partners and the community .


CCPUP promotes creative thinking and innovation to advance education and practice.

Standing Committees

CCPUP maintains five standing committees that meet on a regular basis to direct, manage and administer the activities of the organization.
Executive Committee

Composition: CCPUP Chair, CCPUP Chair-Elect, CCPUP Past-Chair, NACEP Chair and Executive Director.


  • Managing the development and execution of the CCPUP Strategic Plan
  • Preparation and review of financial documents and annual budgets
  • Recruitment and appointment of members to serve on ad hoc committees, working groups and special projects
  • Initiating and managing the development of internal policies
  • Oversight of special project development, execution and contracting
  • Recruitment, retention and review of the CCPUP Executive Director
  • Official approval for documents and items requiring signature (i.e. consultant contracts, banking statements, cheques)
  • Recommendation of annual audit/review engagement and audit firm
  • Collaboration with National Physiotherapy Advisory Group (NPAG) members (i.e. Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada)
  • Official contact point for external stakeholder groups and inquires
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National Association for Clinical Education in Physiotherapy (NACEP)

Composition: Clinical education coordinators from the 15 accredited programs.


  • Provide leadership in clinical education within the broad context of education, practice and research
  • Develop policies that enhance national collaboration in clinical education
  • Establish national assessment/evaluation processes for clinical education supported by on-going research and evaluation
  • Identify and collaboratively share resources to promote and support clinical education for physiotherapy resources
  • Collaborate on clinical education issues with national and international organizations/agencies
Curriculum Committee

Composition: 6-8 faculty members including one francophone program and one members from NACEP.


  • Ensure the national curriculum guidelines are current and reflective of academic program curricula and professional practice environments. The timelines associated with the review and revision process will be initiated by Council and align with best practice.
  • Oversee the processes involved in monitoring, reviewing and revising the national curriculum guidelines.
  • Work with the professional partners within the National Physiotherapy Advisory Group (NPAG) to ensure alignment of guidelines with other professional documents.
  • Review and act on requests for curriculum information from NPAG partners, Canadian physiotherapy programs and/or external stakeholders.
  • Coordinating a recommended list of key entry-level reference material (textbooks, websites, etc.)
Data Collection Committee

Composition: PEAC Executive Director, CCPUP Executive Director and 2-4 faculty members.


  • Review the summary of the data collected from the annual report survey each year and provide input about possible reasons for inconsistencies/inaccuracies
  • Suggest revisions to questions/data collection strategies for the following year’s survey
  • Review revisions once entered into online survey platform
  • Assist in translation of survey questions and report findings (as necessary)
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Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) Liaison Committee

Composition: 4-6 faculty members including one from NACEP and a representative of the CAPR.


  • Soliciting, reviewing, collating and summarizing feedback received from individual academic programs on items related to the PCE.
  • Receiving and disseminating relevant information received from the CAPR to appropriate CCPUP contacts.
  • Identifying common areas of interest/concern among academic programs related to the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) and working with the CAPR to address them.
  • Providing a single CCPUP opinion on items related to the CAPR and/or the PCE.

National Physiotherapy Advisory Group

The National Physiotherapy Advisory Group (NPAG), representing and accountable to its constituent members, collaborates and communicates regarding strategic matters affecting quality physiotherapy services in Canada.

Members include:

  • Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) - The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators is a credentialling and assessment agency that provides evaluation services on behalf of  provincial and territorial physiotherapy regulators.
  • Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs (CCPUP)
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) - In partnership with provincial and territorial Branches and practice Divisions, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association enables members to learn, share knowledge, and enhance practice. The CPA provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy y to better serve Canadians.
  • Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) - Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada conducts accreditation reviews of Canada's fifteen Physiotherapy education programs