The College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), incorporated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), regulates in the public interest those who offer audiology and speech-language pathology care. Regulated professionals providing care abide by a code of ethics and high standards of practice.
To provide public protection for patients/clients, the College establishes and enforces professional standards for:
Sets rigorous education requirements and works with universities to ensure programs cover the core competencies. Issues certificates of registration to audiologists and speech-language pathologists to allow them to practice.
Develops and enforces standards of practice to which all audiologists and speech-language pathologists adhere
Requires audiologists and speech-language pathologists to further their knowledge and skills on a regular basis
Responds to complaints from the public concerning care delivered
The audiology and speech-language pathology professions have been granted a great degree of authority by provincial law, and that authority is exercised through the College. This system of self-regulation is based on the premise that the College must act first and foremost in the interest of the public. All audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Ontario must be members of the College in order to practice audiology and speech-language pathology in the province. The role of the College, as well as its authority and powers, are set out in the RHPA, the Health Professions Procedural Code under the RHPA and the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act.
The Council is the governing body of the College. The Council of the College is composed of up to eighteen members. Nine members of the College are elected by their peers. Two are academic members and seven are public members appointed to the Council by the provincial government for terms decided by the government.
The Council meets in open session four times a year. In addition, members of council are appointed to sit on the colleges various committees.