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

Code of Ethics Consultation

Proposed Code of Ethics Amendments

At its March 26, 2020 meeting, Council approved for circulation proposed amendments to the College’s Code of Ethics.

If approved, these amendments would further improve and strengthen the Code of Ethics and have a direct impact on Ontario’s occupational therapists (OTs).

Overview of Amendments

The proposed amendments contain changes that add more principles of practice to the values of respect and trust:

  • Professional Boundaries

    OTs are expected to set and manage boundaries relating to personal dignity, control, professional detachment, privacy and confidentiality to ensure that the trust a client has placed in the OT is not betrayed.

  • Conflict of Interest

    Proactively recognize, disclose, prevent and where that is not possible, take measures to effectively manage a conflict of interest that arises in the course of professional services provision.

  • Benevolence and Do No harm

    This concept was added to further strengthen the accountability principle.
Proposed Amendments & Rationale

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

Your Feedback

Your input is important.

Please review the proposed amendments to the College Code of Ethics and provide your feedback. We are interested in hearing from everyone. All opinions are welcome.

There are 4 ways to submit your comments:


Email: policy@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, September 14, 2020.

Next Steps

Following the consultation phase, the Patient Relations Committee will review and consider all submissions. The Committee will provide Council with a feedback summary and any resulting amendments to the Code of Ethics. We anticipate presenting the proposed amendments to Council for final review and/or approval at the College Council Meeting on October 29, 2020.

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


Consultation – code de déontologie

Consultation sur les modifications proposées au code de déontologie

Lors de sa rencontre du 26 mars 2020, le conseil a approuvé la distribution des modifications proposées au code de déontologie de l’Ordre.

Si elles sont approuvées, ces modifications permettraient d’améliorer et de renforcer le code de déontologie et auraient un impact direct sur la pratique des ergothérapeutes de l’Ontario.

Aperçu des modifications proposées

Les modifications proposées comprennent l’ajout de principes d’exercice supplémentaires aux valeurs fondamentales du respect et de la confiance :

  • Limites professionnelles

    On s’attend à ce que les ergothérapeutes établissent et maintiennent des limites en matière de dignité personnelle, de contrôle, de détachement professionnel, de protection de la vie privée et de confidentialité pour s’assurer que la confiance que le client accorde à l’ergothérapeute n’est pas trahie.

  • Conflit d’intérêts

    Il faut, de façon proactive, reconnaître, divulguer, prévenir et, lorsque cela n’est pas possible, prendre des mesures pour gérer efficacement un conflit d’intérêts qui survient dans le cadre de la prestation de services professionnels.

  • Bienveillance et absence de préjudice

    Ce concept, qui s’applique au code de déontologie de plusieurs ordres de réglementation de la santé, a été ajouté à notre code pour renforcer le principe d’obligation de rendre compte.
Modifications proposées et justification

Toutes les modifications proposées et leur justification sont disponibles en anglais et en français.

Vos commentaires

Vos commentaires sont très importants.

Veuillez examiner les modifications proposées au code de déontologie de l’Ordre (disponibles en anglais et en français) et dites-nous ce que vous en pensez. Nous voulons connaître l’opinion de tous : ergothérapeutes, membres du public, autres professionnels de la santé et parties intéressées.

Vous pouvez soumettre vos commentaires de quatre façons :


Courriel : policy@coto.org
Télécopieur : 416 214-1173
Poste : Tim Mbugua, analyste des politiques
Ordre des ergothérapeutes de l’Ontario
20, rue Bay, bureau 900, C.P. 78v Toronto ON M5J 2N8

Veuillez soumettre vos commentaires d’ici minuit, le lundi 14 septembre 2020.

Prochaines étapes

Une fois que l’étape de la consultation sera achevée, le comité des relations avec les patients examinera tous les commentaires et en fournira un résumé au conseil ainsi que toute modification en résultant. Nous prévoyons présenter les modifications proposées au conseil pour un examen final et une approbation lors de la rencontre du 29 octobre 2020 du conseil.

Une mise à jour sera affichée à www.coto.org après la rencontre.

Recent Consultations

Consultation on the Revised Draft Standards for Acupuncture

The consultation on the revised Standards for Acupuncture closed on March 30, 2020. Feedback received is currently under review. Thank you all for your feedback.

Consultation on the Revised Standards for Infection Prevention and Control

The consultation on the revised Standards for Infection Prevention and Control closed at 4:00 pm on January 8, 2019. 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 for approval prior to publication. Thank you all for your feedback.

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.