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.

To receive email notice of open consultations, please send a request to communications@coto.org with "Consultations" in the subject line.

Current Consultation

Consultation on the Revised Standards for Infection Prevention and Control

The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) would like to hear your feedback on proposed changes to our Standards for Infection Prevention and Control.

The Standards for Infection Prevention and Control outline the expectations for safe and competent practice from occupational therapists (OTs) regarding the infection prevention and control measures used in their practice.

What to expect in the revised Standards for Infection Prevention and Control:
  1. Updated language and terminology;
  2. Merging of performance indicators to reduce redundancy;
  3. Introduction of a new standard – Cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing equipment used in occupational therapy practice;
  4. Updated Resource list.
This consultation is an opportunity for OTs, the public and other interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the proposed changes.

Online survey

The consultation closes at 4pm on Jan 8, 2019.

Feedback

There are various ways you can provide your feedback to the College.

By email: practice@coto.org
By fax: 416.214.1173
By survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JX7NQRL
By mail to:

Practice Resource Service
College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
20 Bay Street, Suite 900, P.O Box 78
Toronto, ON M5J 2N8

Recent Consultations

Consultation on the Revised Standards for the Supervision of Students

The consultation on the revised Standards for the Supervision of Students closed at 4:00 pm on September 14, 2018. Feedback received from the consultation will be reviewed by the College to determine if any additional changes to the Standards are required. Findings from the consultation and any revisions to the Standards will be presented to Council in October for approval prior to publication. Thank you all for your feedback.

Consultation on the Revised Standards for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse

The College consultation on the revised Standards for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse closed at 4:00pm on June 4, 2018. Feedback received from the consultation will be reviewed by the College to inform whether any additional changes to the Standards are required. Findings from the consultation and any revisions to the Standards will be presented to Council in June for approval prior to publication. Thank you all for your feedback.

Consultation on Proposed Controlled Act Regulation

The consultation on proposed controlled act regulation closed on Sunday, June 3 2018 at midnight. Thank you to all participants who completed the survey. Feedback about the proposed regulation will be considered by College Council at the June 2018 meeting.

Consultation on Proposed Changes to College Bylaws

The consultation on proposed amendments to Parts 16 and 17 of the College Bylaws closed on May 11, 2018 at 4 p.m. Feedback received will be presented to Council in June for its consideration prior to any approval of the proposed amendments. The suggested amendments seek to ensure consistency between the bylaws and recent amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Thank you all for your feedback.

Consultation on Revised Standards for Psychotherapy

The consultation on revised Standards for Psychotherapy closed on March 29, 2018. Feedback received will be reviewed by the College to determine any additional changes to the Standards. Findings will be presented to Council in June for approval prior to publication. Thank you all for your feedback.

Provisional Registration Supervision Consultation

On February 27, 2018, the consultation on the provisional registration supervision documents closed. The College was seeking feedback on new resources developed to clarify requirements and expectations relating to provisional registration. The Registration Committee will be reviewing feedback to determine if further revisions are required. Thank you to all participants who completed the survey. Please continue to visit coto.org for updates. If you have any questions about provisional registration, please contact registration@coto.org.

Standards for the Supervision of Support Personnel

The Consultations on the proposed revisions to Standards for the Supervision of Support Personnel closed on January 19, 2018. The Standards define the minimum expectations for the supervision of support personnel when assigning occupational therapy components. The College will be reviewing all submitted feedback to determine if further revisions need to be made. We thank all participants who completed the survey. Please continue to visit coto.org for updates.

Standards for Use of Title

Our consultation on the Standards for Use of Title closed on June 23, 2017. The Standards describe the expectations for use of title for occupational therapists (OTs) in Ontario. On October 26, 2017, Council approved the Standards for Use of Title with minor revisions. Thank you to all who provided input throughout the consultation period. Watch for the release and related education sessions later this year. The Standards will replace the Guide to Use of Title.The Guide remains in effect until the release of the Standards and is available online under Standards and Resources.

Bylaws – Parts 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20

On June 27, 2017, Council passed bylaw amendments related to the collection and publication of information about occupational therapists, changes to professional liability insurance requirements, and more. The revised bylaws have varying effective dates, ranging from those that take immediate effect to those which will not take effect until October 2017 and November 2017. Learn about key bylaw changes and watch for further updates. Thank you for your feedback and contributions on this important consultation. Current bylaws are available online.

Standards for Consent

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. 

Bylaws

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

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.