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 Draft Standards for Use of Title

The College has developed draft Standards for Use of Title to replace the current Guide to Use of Title, 2012. The Standard describes the expectations for use of title for occupational therapists (OTs) in Ontario.

Please take 15 minutes to complete the online survey and provide your feedback.

Online survey

We are interested in hearing from everyone: OTs, the public, other health professionals, stakeholders. All opinions are welcome.

Changes at a glance

The draft Standards for Use of Title include:

  • a new standard on the use of additional credentials
  • a new section on the use of title in retirement or upon resignation from the College
  • changes to the title to be used by applicants wishing to re-enter the profession
  • standards and indicators for each topic covered in the current Guide
  • more examples about how to apply the Standards for Use of Title
If you have any questions please contact Kara Ronald, Deputy Registrar, at 416.214.1177/1.800.890.6570 x225 or kronald@coto.org.

The consultation opens on May 23, 2017 and will remain open until June 23, 2017.

Recent Consultations

Consultation on Proposed Bylaw Amendments

The consultation on proposed bylaw amendments closed on May 22, 2017. Some of the proposed revisions are in response to the public demand for greater transparency and accountability. Such amendments are also consistent with government requirements for transparency and certain proposals found in Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017​. Other health regulatory Colleges in Ontario are implementing similar changes or have already done so.

We thank you for your feedback. Your comments will be considered by Council in June 2017, and may assist the College in developing and refining policies developed in response to the proposed bylaw changes.

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.