Mandatory Reporting - Employers & Facilities
The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (“RHPA”), requires employers and facilities that employ CASLPO registrants to file a written report (referred to as a “mandatory report”) with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario in the event that:
- A person who operates a facility where one of more registrant practises has reasonable grounds to believe that an audiologist (AUD) or speech-language pathologist (SLP) has sexually abused a patient, is incompetent or is incapacitated.
(For more information about CASLPO’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, please click here).
- The employment of an AUD or SLP has been terminated or privileges have been revoked/suspended/imposed for reasons of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
- An employer has reasonable grounds to believe that an AUD or SLP has resigned or voluntarily relinquished or limited their practice due to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
- A partnership, corporation or association with an AUD or SLP is dissolved for reasons related to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
The RHPA gives immunity to people who file mandatory reports if the report is made in good faith, that is, not made maliciously. In addition, the duty to make mandatory reports overrides other duties of confidentiality.
Failure to make a mandatory report by an individual can result in a fine of up to $25,000 for a first offence and up to $50,000 for any subsequent offence upon conviction For corporations, convictions for failure to report can result in a fine of up to $50,000 for a first offence and up to $200,000 for any subsequent offences.
Importance of Mandatory Reporting
Mandatory reports about AUDs and SLPs are an important legal mechanism to ensure that the College can address potential risks to the public. These reports permit the College to investigate the concerns and take appropriate action. This is a critical College function in keeping with its public protection mandate.
30 Days To Make A Mandatory Report
If any of the above situations have taken place, employers, facilities or business partners have 30 days to make a mandatory report to the College. The report must be made even if an AUD or SLP resigned before the termination or suspension took place.
How To Make A Mandatory Report
The written report must contain:
- your name and contact information,
- name of the AUD or SLP;
- the basis of the concerns underlying your report; and
- if relevant, the name of any related patient(s) (note: must obtain consent when reporting sexual abuse).
To assist in making a report, please complete the Mandatory Report – Form (click here).
A report can be sent to the College via email, mail or fax to the Registrar/Director of Professional Conduct. You are encouraged to provide copies of relevant documents.
Questions? Please contact the Director of Professional Conduct by telephone, email or mail at:
The Director of Professional Conduct
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario,
5060-3080 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4N 3N1
Telephone: 416.975.5347 or 1.800.993.9459 ext. 221