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Revised Code of Ethics

November 05, 2020

The Council of the College of Occupational Therapist of Ontario approved the revised draft Code of Ethics on October 29, 2020. The Code of Ethics was originally issued in 2011 and required updating to meet the current need of registrants and other stakeholders. The main changes that have been incorporated in the revised document include increased principles under the values of Trust and Respect for Autonomy, as follows:

  • Professional Boundaries
    Occupational therapists are expected to set and manage boundaries relating to personal dignity, self-control, professional relationships, privacy, and confidentiality, in keeping with the standards of practice to ensure that the trust a client has placed in the occupational therapist is maintained.

  • Conflict of Interest
    Occupational therapists are expected to proactively recognize, disclose, prevent and where that is not possible, take measures to effectively manage any conflicts of interest that arise while providing professional services.

The approved Code of Ethics has also added diversity, equity, and inclusion to align with the updated College values.

The Guide to the Code of Ethics has yet to be revised but will soon be updated to reflects the changes made in the Code of Ethics.