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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.

Strategic Priorities

The College’s 2024-2027 Strategic Priorities were approved and came into effect on June 1, 2024.

We surveyed registrants, staff, and members of the public when developing these strategic priorities. All registrants had the opportunity to take a survey and a public survey was posted on the Ontario Health Regulators website, distributed through the Citizen Advisory Group newsletter, and promoted across social media channels.

Board Chair Teri Shackleton speaks to the process and shares the final plan.

Strategic Priorities 2024-2027

Meaningful Engagement

The College builds trust in its role and value through purposeful and meaningful engagement and collaboration. 

  • Provides clear information about what to expect when working with occupational therapists.
  • Builds opportunities for public and professional collaboration and participation with the College.
  • Engages registrants to build understanding of professional obligations, College programs and services.
  • Integrates the practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the College and profession.

Quality Practice

The College embraces leading regulatory practices to protect the public.

  • Takes an evidence-informed, risk-based approach to ensuring occupational therapists are competent, safe, effective, and accountable.
  • Engages occupational therapists to advance quality practice and the delivery of safe, effective occupational therapy service. 

System Impact

The College collaborates for access to the profession and consistent quality practice.

  • Supports efforts to increase the number of licensed occupational therapists in Ontario to address the health human resources crisis.
  • Ensures occupational therapy scope of practice is optimized in Ontario.
  • Collaborates with national partners to further regulatory excellence.

Performance and Accountability

The College maintains strong corporate and governance structures and fosters a culture of continuous improvement. 

  • Ensures College governance is proactive, effective, competency-based, and accountable.
  • Maintains the expertise and resources to address evolving demands caused by changes in the regulatory or practice environment.
  • Leverages data to drive performance internally and externally to enhance service delivery. 


Strategic priorities 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