• Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association


In our role as advocates, the NSPA works with numerous stakeholders to highlight and reinforce the unique contributions made by physiotherapists like you. Whether working with a patient to improve mobility, decrease pain, or manage a chronic issue, those offering physiotherapy services play an important role in the delivery of comprehensive healthcare. It's essential that we advocate on behalf of our membership to ensure there is awareness about how our skills make a difference. 

But we don't advocate in the dark.

The NSPA has an advocacy plan that is reviewed annually by the Board of Directors. Updates are made based on the progress of the previous year, the input of our Board, and the input of those who attend our town halls held across the province.

Nationally, we work collaboratively with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and with each provincial association to advance common interests and shared goals. We recognize the value of ensuring our voice is heard nationally as well as locally.


Strengthen DIVERSITY & INCLUSION across all Physiotherapy dimensions to improve ACCESS for all Nova Scotians.

ADVOCATE for the integration of Physiotherapy in Health System Transformation

1. Position Physiotherapy in relation to future health trends and population needs.
Objective 1: Contribute to National initiatives in defining and advancing Physiotherapy Scope of Practice.
Objective 2: Connect with stakeholders to educate on the role physiotherapists can play to reduce strain on the healthcare system.
Objective 3: Influence Funding Models of Third-Party Payers.
Objective 4: Support members in self-advocacy efforts.
Objective 5: Liaise with CPA on national advocacy initiatives that have provincial impacts.
Objective 6: Participate in, facilitate, or support appropriate initiatives of stakeholder groups that support the mission of the NSPA.

Advocacy Highlights 

If you're interested in learning more:

All Physiotherapists in NS will soon be able to order x-rays

NSPA Position Statement - Fair Compensation | NSGEU

Radiological Studies and Physiotherapists in NS

Physiotherapists Role in Emergency Departments

Auto Insurance Review | NS Physiotherapy Association

Physiotherapists Advocating to Have Role in Emergency Departments in Nova Scotia

Briefing Note - Meeting with Minister Barbara Adams 2022

Briefing Note - Meeting with NS Minister of Health and Wellness (PC) 2021

Briefing Note - Meeting with The New Democratic Party 2021

Political Parties Respond to NSPA Questions 2021

Letter to Superintendent of Insurance 2021

Briefing Note - Access to Physiotherapy Services | Letter of Support from Doctors Nova Scotia 2020

Direct Access and Sun Life Federal Employee Benefit Plans

CPA Advocacy Initiatives: Opioids and Pain Management and much more

The CPA advocates strongly for physiotherapy across Canada. Please visit for educational handouts and advocacy news from CPA.

Physiotherapists can be found all across Nova Scotia.

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