To register as an occupational therapist in Ontario, you must provide evidence as to whether you have been found guilty of any offence arising in any jurisdiction, including, any criminal offence, or any offence relating to the practice of occupational therapy. In addition, there must be nothing in your previous conduct that will impact your ability to practice occupational therapy safely and ethically.

Beginning April 1, 2017, applicants must submit a Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check as part of their application for registration with the College – this also applies to current applicants who have not been issued registration by April 1, 2017. The College uses the results of the VS Check to verify the above noted information.

Important Information

Every applicant must submit the results of a Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check as part of their application to the College. The College’s mandate is public protection and VS Checks are an important step in the process to support that mandate.

Depending on where you live, it may take 1 to 12 weeks, or longer, to obtain the results of a VS Check. As registration will not be issued until results are received, we suggest applying for the VS Check well in advance of your required registration date. The College accepts VS Checks issued within the past 6 months.

  • The VS Check must be completed on all the names you currently use and have used in the past.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that the full legal name, previous names (if applicable) and date of birth on the VS Check match the information provided to the College during the application process. If the information does not match, the VS Check will not be accepted by the College.
  • You are responsible for obtaining the correct type of Check and paying all related fees (including submitting to and paying for fingerprints, if required).
  • The VS Check must have been conducted no more than six months before the date of registration with the College. If you do not register within six months of the date the results were issued by the police, you will be required to submit an updated VS Check.
  • The results must be scanned and emailed to registration@coto.org or faxed to 416.214.0851.
  • Please visit the website of your local police service for details regarding their specific process – if you live in the City of Toronto (postal code starts with M), see below. If you currently reside outside of Canada and are unable to obtain a VS Check, please contact the College at registration@coto.org.

Please see the Criminal Record Screening of Applicants and Members policy for more information. 

Toronto Applicants Only

If you live in the City of Toronto (postal code starts with M), you must contact us via email at registration@coto.org to obtain the consent form. You will be required to provide evidence of your identity by submitting 2 pieces of government issued identification along with your completed form.

After you complete the form, you must mail the form and a certified cheque, or money order in the amount of $65.00, made payable to Toronto Police Service, to the following address or drop it in the box located in the Toronto Police Service lobby:

Toronto Police Service
Police Reference Check Program
40 College Street
Toronto ON M5G 2J3