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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

College Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

March 2022

The College acknowledges, honours, and respects the fundamental value and dignity of all people.

We commit to developing a deep understanding about how racialization and marginalization creates the experience of advantage, disadvantage, oppression and segregation for persons or groups in receiving healthcare, and how, as a regulatory organization, we can contribute to better experiences and outcomes and the public we serve.

We aim to create a safe space for diverse, open, and honest contributions as we work together to achieve our mandate of public protection.


Past Updates



Equity Perspectives Panel

In 2021, the College formed the Equity Perspectives panel.

Panel members are volunteer occupational therapists who are members of one or more equity-seeking groups: such as Black, LGBTQ2S+, and/or Communities of Colour, and/or those who face historic and ongoing systemic oppression due to social identities and positions including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, dis/ability, gender, sexual orientation, and/or religion.

The panel has provided input of great value on topics such as: College policies, standards, the Culture, Equity, and Justice in Occupational Therapy Practice document, and more.

Collaboration and conversation continue to evolve as we actively seek diverse input and perspectives.

See our Supporting Indigenous Communities page for information on our Indigenous Insights panel.


Culture, Equity, and Justice in Occupational Therapy Practice

Launched in February 2022, Culture, Equity, and Justice in Occupational Therapy Practice is a starting point for the College as it begins to help occupational therapists to best apply principles of culture, equity, and justice in practice.

Resources for Occupational Therapists 

See our Culture, Equity, and Justice section for resources for occupational therapists.

Additional Resources

Allyship 

Disability

Gender Equality

Implicit Bias

LGBTQ2S+

Microaggressions

Racism

Anti-BIPOC Racism

Anti-Indigenous Racism

Religious-based Care

Weight Bias



We will continue to listen and learn as we work together to move forward.

Please contact the Practice Resource Team at practice@coto.org or 1-800-890-6570 x240 with any questions or comments.