Title protection is one way to help the public identify occupational therapists (OTs) who are registered (licensed) and accountable for meeting the College’s accepted standards of practice. Only individuals who are registered with the College are permitted to call themselves an occupational therapist or OT.

Please note the following individuals who are not occupational therapists may be seeking employment in occupational therapy or practising as an occupational therapist.

These individuals are NOT registered with the College and are NOT allowed to use the title “occupational therapist,” the abbreviation “OT” or the designation “OT Reg. (Ont.)” and are NOT eligible to work as an occupational therapist in Ontario.

  • Uzma Sheikh
  • Casey Cheung/Kelvin Cheung/Karl Cheung/Kelly Cheung
If you are aware of any of these individuals seeking employment in occupational therapy or holding themselves out as persons qualified to practise as an occupational therapist in Ontario, please contact us at 1.800.890.6570 or by email at investigations@coto.org.

All occupational therapists who are registered to work in Ontario are listed on our online public register. It’s called “Find an Occupational Therapist”. Use it to confirm the registration status of a prospective employee.

If there’s any information regarding concerns, restrictions or limitations on an OT’s practice, you’ll find it on the public register.

If someone is working as an occupational therapist (that includes orientation or training at your workplace) without being registered with the College, they’re engaged in unauthorized practice. This includes individuals who have completed an educational program in occupational therapy but are not registered with the College. If the individual is not registered, they are not allowed to work as an occupational therapist or use the title of occupational therapist.

Individuals who engage in unauthorized occupational therapist practice are subject to a fine of $25,000 for a first offence and up to $50,000 for a second or subsequent offence.

As an employer, you have a duty to ensure employees are registered.