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Strategic Priorities

Mission, Vision, and Values


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

Treating everyone with dignity and respect

We consider the uniqueness of each situation. We are respectful of all voices, conscious of bias, open-minded, and dedicated to learning. We are committed to integrating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) practices throughout our organization and the occupational therapy profession to protect the public interest.

Maintaining trust and confidence

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

Partnering for quality

We listen. We work together to ensure quality occupational therapy services across the province.

Leadership Outcomes

The College’s 2020-2023 Leadership Outcomes were approved and came into effect on June 1, 2020. The input of many, including the Citizen Advisory Group, informed development of the outcomes.

In March 2022, the Board of Directors extended the three-year plan by one year, given the operational impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategic leadership outcomes will remain in place through to May 31, 2024.

See the College's 2024-2027 Strategic Priorities


1. Public Confidence   2. Qualified Registrants
1.1 The public trusts occupational therapy regulation.

1.2 The public understands the role of the College and its value.

1.3 College governance is responsive, effective, competency-based and accountable.

1.4 College decision-making processes are open, transparent, and accountable.

1.5 College operations are transparent, effective and efficient in serving and protecting the public interest:
  2.1 Entry to practice requirements and processes are effective for ensuring qualified practitioners.

2.2 Decisions about registrants are transparent and accessible.

2.3 The public register provides accurate information about current or former registrants.
3. Quality Practice   4. System Impact
3.1 Occupational therapists are competent, safe, effective and accountable

3.2 College complaints and discipline processes are effective, fair and accessible to the public.

3.3 The College engages occupational therapists to advance quality, ethical practice.

3.4 Professional standards are up-to-date and reflect evolving practice.

3.5 Educational programs and outreach support continuous quality improvement
  4.1 The College is a collaborative, effective regulatory leader

4.2 Collaboration supports the College’s effectiveness and impact as a regulator.

4.3 Collaboration promotes systems alignment to support quality practice by occupational therapists.

Download the College's mission, vision, values, and leadership outcomes: English | French

Outcome Presentations

Strategic leadership outcomes are presented to the Board each year at their June meeting. Select a year below to learn more about key accomplishments for the College.

The College Response to COVID-19