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Sometimes, an occupational therapist (OT) might not meet the standards of practice for the professional or might breach a regulation. If that happens, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario takes action. Discipline of professionals is a critical part of self-regulation and maintaining public trust.

When complaints arrive at the College, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) investigates. Sometimes, the ICRC believes the information suggests professional misconduct or incompetence by an OT. In those cases, the ICRC may refer allegations to the College’s Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee holds hearings, which are similar to court proceedings and are open to the public.

A discipline hearing is the most serious proceeding that a regulated health professional can face and carries with it the risk of loss of registration. Hearing panels include members of both the profession and the public. If a hearing results in a finding of guilt, the Discipline Committee can order a range of appropriate penalties for an OT, including:

  • a reprimand;
  • restrictions on an OT’s registration, called terms, conditions or limitations; and
  • suspending or revoking an OT’s Certificate of Registration.

OTs may also be required to reimburse the College, for the cost of funding counselling for patients in sexual abuse cases and/or for the College’s legal, investigation and hearing costs and expenses.

Any disciplinary decisions are made in the best interests of the public and a summary of the decisions are available online at Find an Occupational Therapist at the conclusion of the hearing. A copy of the full text of any discipline decision summarized on Find an Occupational Therapist may be requested from College staff or for decisions made on or after December 2017, is available on CanLII (The Canadian Legal Information Institute). Find an Occupational Therapist is a public directory of occupational therapists who practice in Ontario.

Upcoming Discipline Hearings

Jennifer Sweeney – Date of referral to Discipline for a hearing: October 23, 2020

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Hearing dates: August 18, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

If you wish to observe the electronic hearing, please register by contacting the Investigations and Resolutions Department at at least 48 hours prior to the hearing’s starting time.

Observers will be asked to register by providing their name and telephone number. Once they have registered, observers may attend on a hearing day by contacting before 9:15 a.m. or between 12:00 and 12:30 p.m. that hearing day. Observers will be sent information about how to access the virtual hearing.

Please check the schedule regularly for any changes as hearing dates/start times may be rescheduled at short notice.

Avis d’audience prochains

Jennifer Sweeney – Date du renvoi au comité de discipline en vue d’une audience : 23 octobre 2020

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Dates d’audience : 18 août 2021 à 9h00

Si vous souhaitez assister à l’audience électronique, veuillez vous inscrire en contactant au moins 48 heures avant le début de l’audience.

Les observateurs seront invités à s’inscrire en fournissant leur nom et leur numéro de téléphone. Une fois inscrits, les observateurs peuvent assister à une journée d’audience en contactant avant 9 h 15 ou entre 12 h et 12 h 30 le jour de l’audience. Les observateurs recevront des informations sur la manière d’accéder à l’audience virtuelle.

Veuillez vérifier régulièrement le calendrier pour tout changement, car les dates et les heures de début des audiences peuvent être modifiées dans un délai très court.

Review the Discipline Committee Rules of Procedure (English | French) effective July 1, 2016.

Discipline Hearing Summaries