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Consultations

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 [email protected] with "Consultations" in the subject line.

Consultation updates are also included in our newsletter.

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Current Consultations

There are currently no active consultations.

Previous Consultations

Previous consultations within the last three years.

Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Bylaws - Part 18: Fees

Following review of feedback from the 60-day public consultation, the Board approved the proposed amendments to Part 18 of the College bylaws related to fees which supports the College to increase fees up to 2% each year for five years. This year it was determined that a $15 increase will be implemented for the 2024/2025 annual renewal period. We thank registrants for their input to the consultation. A summary of key themes and comments is available on pages 99-105 of the January 2024 Board package.

The Board previously approved a year-over-year registration fee increase of between 1% and 2% for a period of no more than five years during the January 11, 2023 Board meeting. The bylaws enacting this increase were circulated for consultation.

Help Shape COTO's 2024-2027 Strategic Plan

Surveying registrants, staff, and members of the public was a key part of developing our 2024-2027 strategic plan.

Key themes that emerged from the surveys we conducted in September 2023 were shared in December 2023.

The College’s 2024-2027 Strategic Priorities were approved by the Board and will come into effect on June 1, 2024

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Emergency Class of Registration Consultation

Following a review of consultation feedback, the Board approved the draft emergency class registration regulation which was circulated to registrants and system partners as required. More than 200 respondents provided feedback during the 60-day consultation period. The draft regulation will now be submitted to the Ministry of Health for review as required. Thank you all for taking the time to provide your feedback.

Standards for Practice Consultation

The Standards for Practice Consultation closed on June 30, 2022. All stakeholder feedback from the survey will now be reviewed. Findings from the consultation will be used to inform final revisions to the Standards. The revised Standards will be presented to the Board for review in October 2022. Thank you all for taking the time to provide your feedback.

Revised Standards for Psychotherapy Consultation

The consultation on the revised Standards for Psychotherapy closed on July 5, 2021. All stakeholder feedback from the survey will now be reviewed by the College and Practice Issues Subcommittee. Findings from the consultation will be used to inform final revisions to this Standard. The Standards will be presented to Executive and when approved, Council, before final edits, formatting and translation prior to publication. Thank you all for taking the time to provide your feedback.

Revised Standards for Occupational Therapist Assessments Consultation

The consultation on the revised Standards for Occupational Therapist Assessments closed on September 11th, 2020. All stakeholder feedback from the survey will now be reviewed by the College and Practice Issues Subcommittee. Findings from the consultation will be used to inform final revisions to this Standard. The Standards will be presented to Executive and when approved, Council, before final edits, formatting and translation prior to publication. Thank you all for taking the time to provide your feedback.

Code of Ethics Consultation

The College consultation on the revised Code of Ethics closed at midnight on Monday, September 14, 2020. Feedback received from the consultation will be reviewed by the College to inform whether any additional changes to the Code are required. Findings from the consultation and any revisions to the Code will be presented to Council in October for approval prior to publication. Thank you all for your feedback.

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.