The College is a regulatory organization that oversees the practice of occupational therapists (OTs) in Ontario. Our job is to make sure you receive safe, effective, ethical care from occupational therapists. We are a public resource.

We are here to help you and provide information so you can make decisions about your health care. We can answer questions about OTs and let you know what to expect when you meet with an occupational therapist.

A listing of all Ontario occupational therapists is available under Find an Occupational Therapist.


The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario protects the public through effective regulation and instills confidence and trust by ensuring that occupational therapists are competent, ethical and accountable


Excellence in regulatory leadership

Values and Commitments

Partnering for quality - We work together to ensure quality occupational therapy services across the province

Maintaining trust and confidence - We are fair, open and responsive. We are proactive. We hold ourselves accountable for our decisions and actions.

Treating everyone with dignity and respect - We listen. We consider the uniqueness of each situation. We respond respectfully and sensitively. We respect and support equity, diversity and inclusion.

Learn more about the mission, vision, and values of the College, and our strategic priorities.

In March 2022, the Board of Directors reiterated their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion:

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.

What We Do

The College serves the public by:

  • setting the education and qualifications necessary to practice occupational therapy in Ontario
  • issuing certificates of registration to occupational therapists (OTs) who have met the professional requirements, enabling them to practice
  • setting the conditions that allow occupational therapists to maintain registration
  • administering and developing mandatory quality assurance programs that help occupational therapists keep current with practice and grow their knowledge and skills
  • developing standards of practice – the rules that occupational therapists follow
  • investigating complaints in an open and fair manner, and
  • holding disciplinary hearings and imposing penalties when an occupational therapist breaches the standards of the profession.

How The College Works

Authority of the College

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Under Ontario law, 28 health professions, including occupational therapists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and more, are able to self-regulate. Health regulatory Colleges carry out that authority, acting in the public interest.

In Ontario, these Colleges regulate about 300,000 health care professionals. All must follow the same types of strict regulations, policies and standards.

The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario is one of these health regulatory Colleges. Its role and powers are set out under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Occupational Therapy Act, 1991.

In Ontario, the self-regulation of health care professions is a partnership with the public. Each regulatory College is run by a Council, which is like a board of directors. Every health regulatory College has certain regulatory responsibilities. College committees support public safety by ensuring that these responsibilities are carried out.

While the College was established by the Government of Ontario, it is not a part of the government or funded by the government. The College reports to various divisions of the provincial government, including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Office of the Fairness Commissioner of Ontario.

Operations of the College

The College’s Board of Directors sets the strategy, and the College Registrar & CEO and staff carry out the day-to-day responsibilities.

College operations are funded entirely by member fees. The College is a not-for-profit organization.