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COTO is currently receiving a high volume of applications. At this peak time, our goal is to process applications within 3 to 5 business days from the date of application. We thank you for your patience.

Before you start the application, please carefully review the section of the website that pertains to you:

Important Information

  • You may not begin working* as an occupational therapist calling yourself an occupational therapist until you are registered with the College and have received written confirmation and a registration number.

    *Working as an occupational therapist includes participating in orientation or training at the workplace.

  • Applications are not considered complete until the application fee has been received. Applications are valid for one year.

  • Applications can be submitted prior to having met all requirements, however registration cannot be issued until all of the requirements have been met.

  • If there is doubt about whether you meet all of the registration requirements, your application will be referred to the Registration Committee for review. If your application requires a review, you will be contacted by College staff and provided with details about the reason for the review. You will also be given the opportunity to make submissions to support your application. 

Supporting Documentation

  • As you go through the online application, pop-up text will appear in red informing you of supporting documentation you are required to submit. 

  • Within 1-2 days of completing your application and paying the application fee, the College will email you with a link to upload supporting documents securely and a personalized checklist that lists all outstanding documentation.

  • Supporting documents can be emailed to or uploaded to the College’s secure channel using the link provided by the College. 

  • All applicants must submit a current Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check to the College as part of their application. 

  • You will be contacted via email if any of your documents are unacceptable. Information will be provided to help you obtain the correct documents.

Application and Registration Fees

Application fees are non-refundable and payment is required at the time of application.

Registration fees are billed once a complete application and supporting documentation has been received. The College registration year is from June 1 to May 31. The registration fee is pro-rated by quarter.

Please refer to the table below for a listing of College fees.

Fee Type Definition Amount HST Total
Application Fee to process all new applications (+ returning applications where the currency requirement has not been met) $200.00 $26.00 $226.00
  Fee to process an application for an applicant who was previously registered (returning applications where the currency requirement has been met) $40.00 $5.20 $45.20
Registration (New and Returning) Full year (Jun 1 – May 31) $657.55 $85.46 $743.03
  Second Quarter (Sep 1 – Nov 30) $493.17 $64.11 $557.28
  Third Quarter (Dec 1 – Feb 28) $328.78 $42.74 $371.52
  Fourth Quarter (Mar 1 – May 31) $164.39 $21.37 $185.76

Payment Options

All fees are payable in Canadian funds and subject to applicable taxes. The following payment options are available:

  • Online payment:
    • Credit card through the application
    • Online banking through the bill payments section of your financial institution’s website. The College name can be selected from the list of payees available on major Canadian banking sites.Your applicant ID is your account number.
  • Other payment options: Cheque and money orders are accepted and must be mailed with the payment form available on the payment page of the application. Ensure your name and applicant ID are clearly marked. Partial payments and post-dated cheques are not permitted.

Refund Policy

The application fee is a mandatory, non-refundable fee. If you have paid a registration fee and are seeking a refund, contact the College to determine if you are eligible.

Tips for Completing the Application

  • Complete all fields marked with an asterisk *
  • Use the <<Next>> and <<Back>> buttons to navigate between pages.
  • Review your application to make sure all information is correct before you pay the application fee.
  • Once the application fee has been paid you will be unable to make any changes to your application.

If you have made an error, contact us at

Formulaire de demande

Le formulaire de demande en ligne est disponible en anglais seulement.

Veuillez utiliser le présent formulaire si vous voulez le remplir en français et consultez le glossaire pour plus de précisions.

Online Application

Please note: Online application is not optimized for use on tablets or mobile phones.