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 Controlled Act Regulation

We invite you to provide your feedback before midnight on June 3, 2018

On December 30, 2017, the controlled act of psychotherapy was proclaimed granting occupational therapists authority to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy and use the title ‘psychotherapist’. As the next step in this process, the College must pass a regulation under the Occupational Therapy Act, 1991 outlining the specific conditions that OTs must meet to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy safely and effectively.

Controlled acts are identified in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) as those activities and procedures where risk of harm to the client is perceived to be significant. The College is asking for your input about the proposed new regulation on the controlled act of psychotherapy.

The controlled act of psychotherapy is described as: treating by means of psychotherapy technique, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.

Please take a few minutes to review the PDF of the draft controlled act regulation and rationale (in English or French) then submit your feedback to the College by midnight on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Online survey

Feedback

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

By email: policy@coto.org
By fax: 416-214-1173
By survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8XJBBLQ
By mail to:

Tim Mbugua, Policy Analyst
College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
20 Bay Street, Suite 900, P.O Box 78
Toronto, ON M5J 2N8

Feedback must be received by midnight on Sunday, June 3 2018.

Feedback about the proposed regulation will be considered by College Council at the June 2018 meeting.

Consultation on Proposed Changes to College Bylaws

The College is proposing changes to its bylaws to:

  • remove unnecessary duplication of current requirements in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA)
  • ensure College bylaws are consistent with recent amendments to the RHPA
The College is required by law to ask registrants for your input on these proposed changes, even though some of the changes result from changes to the RHPA that are already in effect. To meet our legal requirements we are required to consult with our registrants. Changes have been, or will be, implemented as they are required by law.

Please note: The proposed changes listed in questions 2, 3 and 4 of the survey are required by law. We welcome your comments, however any feedback we receive about these questions will not change the outcome of this consultation.

Online survey

The consultation will close at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 11, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Aoife Coghlan, Manager, Investigations and Resolutions at 1.800.890.6570/416.214.1177 x223 or consultations@coto.org.

A summary of consultation feedback will be provided to College Council for review.

Recent Consultations

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.