The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us all. The College’s annual registration renewal period begins in March and we hope the following information provides additional clarification questions. We appreciate your comments and encourage you to continue providing feedback.

Information regarding the work of the College and use of registration renewal fees is available on our web page Understanding College Fees and answers to inquiries appear below. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 1-800-890-6570 or info@coto.org and we will be happy to help.

What is the College doing to help during the pandemic?

As a regulator mandated to protect the public, our responsibilities have not changed during this time, despite the shutdown and reopening of the province. These facts do not diminish the impact of the pandemic on many of our registrants and we have worked to adjust deadlines and payments where possible.

This year, registrants have the option to pay for renewal in up to 3 installments during the renewal period (March-May). The options are as follows:

  • Start renewal by March 31, 2021 to pay in 3 installments
  • Start renewal by April 30, 2021 to pay in 2 installments
OTs who want to pay the renewal fee in full may do so at anytime during the renewal period (March 15 – May 31, 2021). Learn more about paying in installments on the College’s Annual Renewal 2021 web page.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact Registration Manager Brandi Park bpark@coto.org as soon as possible to discuss.

Why can’t the College use its reserves to lower registration renewal fees?

College reserves are established and approved by Council as per Council policy. Reserves allow Council to allocate any operational surplus to determined financial risk categories. In the current policy, reserves are used to budget for Hearings and Independent Medical Examinations, Sexual Abuse and Counselling, Premises, Enterprise IT Planning, and Contingencies. The Contingency Fund is specifically to hold 3-6 months of operational costs, to be used should the college cease to exist as a statutory body.  In addition, unrestricted reserves are used to manage larger projects, as well as to replenish the reserves should they be depleted by a costly hearing or other College process.

These reserves ensure that fees stay stable, and are one reason that fees have not been increased since 2007. While there has been a suggestion to use Contingency Reserves to lower costs to members during COVID-19, as mentioned, these are specifically allocated for the situation of legislative dissolve, which has not occurred.