In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report, which included 94 Calls to Action. These Calls to Action offer direction on where systemic change is needed to further reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous Peoples.

Of particular relevance to the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) is the section on health including Calls to Action 18-24. These parts of the document address the health disparities faced by Indigenous Peoples and acknowledge how poor health outcomes are linked to the history of colonization in Canada. Recommendations for how to begin addressing these gaps include increasing the number of Indigenous professionals working in healthcare.

One of the steps the College would like to take is to help to increase the number of Indigenous occupational therapists in Ontario. To this end, the College would like to know how many Indigenous occupational therapists are practising in Ontario currently. This information will help us to monitor progress over time. We will be requesting this information at annual renewal. Self-identification is voluntary and confidential, and all data collected will be used in aggregate only.

If you have any questions regarding this step, please contact College Registrar Elinor Larney at 416-214-1177 x233 or

Thank you and stay tuned for further information and updates.