Our professional members are practicing prosthetists and orthotists certified through the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO). Member classifications include Full Member, (only available to CBCPO certified practitioners), Registered Technical Associate Member, Associate Member, Student Member, Retired Member, Honorary Member, and Life Member.
A Canadian History of Prosthetics & Orthotics 1955 - 2004 is a book available from the CAPO national office in Winnipeg and it provides great detail regarding the formation of this profession in Canada.
Published in 2004 by Dave Gans, C.O. (c), F.C.B.C., the book chronicles the origin of prosthetic and orthotic services in Canada beginning with the Department of Veterans Affairs' struggle to meet the prosthetic needs of servicemen wounded in the two World Wars. Over time, the profession rose to assist with other tragedies, such as the wave of thalidomide babies that garnered such a high political profile it forever changed the prosthetic profession.
From a modest back room beginning grew a private-sector Canadian profession, supported by a fledgling orthotic and prosthetic American organization that offered encouragement and support to the Canadian industry in the formative years.
As the industry became organized, it developed into a professional body at the forefront of the medical world with formal training facilities and professional standards.
Today, members work closely with other health practitioners such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists, to promote the highest standards of professionalism and patient care.
CAPO is also an important provider of industry access to educational resources as well as a forum to aid in the advancement of the profession and its services.
The primary objectives of CAPO are:
CAPO works hard to accomplish these goals in a manner that focuses on the best interests of our membership, our patients and the general public.
George Brown College: Daniel Blocka, C.O.(c), F.C.B.C. George Brown College at Sunnybrook Centre for Independent Living, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
British Columbia Institute of Technology: Jason Goodnough, C.P.O(c)
For more information regarding facility accreditation, please contact the CBCPO national office in Winnipeg.
Technician registration is acquired through a program requiring specified terms of work experience in the discipline of orthotics, prosthetics, or both, a self-learn component and final examination.
For more information regarding technician registration, please contact the CBCPO national office in Winnipeg.