A self-employed registered Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario is paid a flat per-assessment fee by rehabilitation companies to conduct psycho-vocational assessments and vocational assessments on individuals who are receiving loss of earnings benefits from an insurer as a result of work-related injury or illness. These assessments are used to assist the individual in returning to work by recommending upgrading, retraining options and alternative vocational options.
Before going on to find that these services were exempted under Sched. V, Pt. II, s. 7(j), Headquarters found that the correspondent was a “practitioner,” stating:
[A] member of the College in good standing meets the definition of a "practitioner" for psychological services provided in Ontario for purposes of paragraph 7(j) of Part II of Schedule V. There is no distinction made in the legislation or in the regulations between a Psychologist and a Psychological Associate with respect to scope of practice or with respect to authorized acts.