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June 26, 2018 Council Highlights

June 29, 2018
Operational Status Report

Strategic outcomes for Year 1 of the 2017-2020 College Strategic Priorities were delivered. View the Prezi presentation online and learn more about key areas of focus for the College.

College of Pharmacists Shares QA Program Learning


Shin Jetha, Quality Assurance Lead, Registrant Competence and Sandra Winkelbauer, Manager of Registrant Competence, Ontario College of Pharmacists, spoke with Council about the development and implementation of their Quality Assurance Program.

Proposed Controlled Act Regulation

The controlled act of psychotherapy was proclaimed in December 2017. According to the Occupational Therapy Act, 1991, the College must make a regulation outlining the requirements to be met for occupational therapists (OTs) to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

The consultation on the proposed regulation ran from April 3, 2018 to June 3, 2018 and 134 responses were received. Council reviewed the feedback and subsequently approved the proposed regulation for submission to the government.

Continue to visit www.coto.org for updates on the controlled act regulation.

Bylaw Amendments

On January 25, 2018, Council approved circulation of proposed amendments to the College bylaws. The consultation was required as a matter of legal process though the changes were already in effect due to amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. The consultation was conducted between March and May 2018. Council approved the proposed amendments at the June meeting. View the College bylaws.

Standards for Psychotherapy

The revised Standards for Psychotherapy were approved and will be released later this summer. Until the release, the 2010 Standards for Psychotherapy remain in effect.

Standards for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse


The revised Standards for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse were approved and will be released later this summer. Until the release, the 2013 Standards for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse remain in effect.

Guide to Discretionary Reporting

On July 1, 2018, amendments to the Highway Traffic Act, 1990 will come into effect. These amendments have specific implications for occupational therapists. In April 2018, an Interim Guide to Discretionary Reporting of Fitness to Drive was developed. The Interim Guide was launched in conjunction with a joint College – Ministry of Transportation webinar, which is available on our YouTube channel. Council approved revisions to the Guide. The Guide to Discretionary Reporting of Fitness to Drive is in effect July 1, 2018. [Learn more about discretionary reporting and view additional resources.]

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All Council meetings are open to the public and meeting materials are available online. Learn how the College Council works to protect the public.