As a part of our mandate, the College develops or revises regulations, policies, standards and practice guidelines necessary to regulate the profession.

This process often includes an amount of time where we consult with the public, members of the profession, other health regulatory colleges, professional associations and educators.

The College carefully considers all feedback. Your input helps us understand the effectiveness and impact of proposed changes, and helps ensure decisions are being made in the public interest.

Current Consultation

Consultation on Proposed Bylaw Amendments

At its January 26, 2017 meeting, Council approved for circulation proposed amendments to the College bylaws.

If approved, these amendments would have a direct impact on Ontario’s occupational therapists (OTs).

Overview of Amendments

The proposed amendments contain fundamental changes such as:

  • Expanding information OTs are required to provide to the College to include:
    • information about any mental or physical condition or disorder which might affect their ability to practise occupational therapy safely
    • information about any existing charges laid against them for any offence
  • Making additional information publicly available about OTs, such as:
    • information about existing charges for all criminal offences or other offences, such as provincial offences, if relevant to their suitability to practice
  • Deleting the removal provisions relating to the following Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee decision outcomes:
    • Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Programs (SCERPs)
    • undertakings
    • cautions-in-person
  • Revising the professional liability insurance requirements
  • Adjusting the College’s registration year and fee structure
At the January 26, 2017 meeting, Council also approved bylaw amendments that were the result of a scheduled bylaw review. Those amendments do not require circulation and have been incorporated into the current bylaws that are posted on the website.

Proposed Amendments & Rationale

All proposed amendments and the rationale for the changes are available in PDF format in English and French.

Your Feedback

Your input is important.

Please review the proposed amendments to parts 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 of the College bylaws in English or French and tell us what you think. We are interested in hearing from everyone: OTs, the public, other health professionals, stakeholders. All opinions are welcome.

There are 4 ways to submit your comments:

Online survey

Email: consultations@coto.org
Fax: 416-214-1173
Mail: Tim Mbugua, Policy Analyst
College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
20 Bay Street, Suite 900, P.O Box 78
Toronto, ON M5J 2N8

The deadline for submission of the feedback is midnight on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Next Steps

Following the consultation phase, the Executive Committee will review and consider all submissions and provide Council with a feedback summary and any resulting amendments to the proposed bylaws. We anticipate presenting the proposed amendments to Council for final review and/or approval at the College Council Meeting on June 27, 2017.

An update will be posted at www.coto.org following the meeting.

We welcome feedback on this and future consultations. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive information directly from the College, please send an email to communications@coto.org


Recent Consultations

Standards for Consent Consultation

Our consultation on the revised Standards for Consent closed August 12, 2016. Revisions to the Standards were intended to address the frequently asked questions and clarify expectations for occupational therapy practice. Revised Standards for Consent are in effect as of March 1, 2017. 

Bylaw Consultation

On March 31, 2016 Council passed the proposed bylaw amendments to publish more information on the public register under Find an Occupational Therapist. The revised bylaws will be effective as of January 1, 2017. Thank you for your feedback and contributions on this important initiative. You can access the amended bylaw text in PDF format in English or French.

Transparency Consultation

In 2015, the College consulted with the public, registrants and other stakeholders about further steps to improve transparency and help people make informed decisions about choosing a health professional. Read more about these initiatives on the College’s transparency web page.