If you will not be working or using the title occupational therapist in Ontario you may choose to resign your registration.

Resigning means you will not be able to work as an occupational therapist, use the occupational therapist title, abbreviation, or designation OT Reg. (Ont.), in Ontario, until you are re-registered with the College.

Please review the options below before resigning from the College. OTs may access their profiles by logging in to www.coto.org.

Option 1: Maintain your registration and return to practice in Ontario at any time throughout the year.

If you choose to maintain your registration, you must be in compliance with all College requirements, for example, professional liability insurance, quality assurance requirements, etc. In addition, you will need to renew your registration by the May 31 deadline. Failure to renew your registration by the May 31 deadline will result in your registration being suspended for non-payment of fees.

If your registration is suspended for failing to pay the annual renewal fee, the suspension may only be lifted on payment of all outstanding renewal and late fees. If you do not have the suspension lifted within two years, your registration will automatically be revoked. Previous registrants who have been revoked must undergo a review by the Registration Committee prior to re-registration.

Option 2: Resign your registration

This means that you will no longer be registered with the College. To resign your registration you must log in to www.coto.org, select Resign Certificate, and follow the instructions.

If you decide to resign, you will be required to re-apply for registration prior to returning to practice in Ontario. Generally, re-registration with the College involves submitting the following:

  • online application form;
  • results of a Vulnerable Sector Check - for more information please click here;
  • evidence of valid professional liability insurance; and
  • applicable fees.

You are not required to resubmit documentation that the College already has on file, for example, transcripts or exam results.

For current information on re-registering and returning to practice in Ontario after resigning, visit the Reapply to the College page. Applicants are subject to the registration requirements and regulations in place at the time of application. To learn more, visit our registration policies page.


When determining whether to renew or resign your registration, consider the merits of maintaining professional liability insurance, the duration for which you intend to be on leave, and the comparative costs associated with each scenario. Please refer to the following fee table.


If returning between the following dates (and all requirements have been met)
Application processing fee + Registration fee
Total payment amount
June 1 – August 31
$45.20 + $743.03
September 1 – November 30
$45.20 + $557.28
December 1 – February 28
$45.20 + $371.52
March 1 – May 31
$45.20 + $185.76
*All fees include HST

Refunds will only be offered to those who resign on or before August 31. Please contact us by emailing registration@coto.org if you have any questions regarding annual renewal or resignation.


To initiate the re-registration process, please complete a new application form.