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Discipline Hearings

Sometimes, an occupational therapist (OT) might not meet the standards of practice for the professional or might breach a regulation. If that happens, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario takes action.

Discipline of professionals is a critical part of self-regulation and maintaining public trust.

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee 

When complaints arrive at the College, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) investigates. Sometimes, the ICRC believes the information suggests professional misconduct or incompetence by an occupational therapist. In those cases, the ICRC may refer allegations to the College’s Discipline Committee. 

The Discipline Committee holds hearings, which are similar to court proceedings and are open to the public.

About discipline hearings

A discipline hearing is the most serious proceeding that a regulated health professional can face and carries with it the risk of loss of registration.

Hearing panels include members of both the profession and the public. If a hearing results in a finding of guilt, the Discipline Committee can order a range of appropriate penalties for an occupational therapist, including:

  • a reprimand;
  • restrictions on an occupational therapist’s registration, called terms, conditions or limitations; and
  • suspending or revoking an occupational therapist’s Certificate of Registration.

Occupational therapists may also be required to reimburse the College, for the cost of funding counselling for patients in sexual abuse cases and/or for the College’s legal, investigation and hearing costs and expenses.

Disciplinary decisions

Any disciplinary decisions are made in the best interests of the public and a summary of the decisions are available online at Find an Occupational Therapist at the conclusion of the hearing.

A copy of the full text of any discipline decision summarized on Find an Occupational Therapist may be requested from College staff or for decisions made on or after December 2017, is available on CanLII (The Canadian Legal Information Institute).

Find an Occupational Therapist is a public directory of occupational therapists who practice in Ontario.

Upcoming Discipline Hearings

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Hearing dates: Not yet scheduled
Date of referral to Discipline for a hearing: November 18, 2021

Avis d’audience prochains

Dave Kaminski

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Dates d’audience : Pas encore prévues
Date du renvoi au comité de discipline en vue d’une audience : 18 novembre 2021

Discipline Committee Rules of Procedure

Review the Discipline Committee Rules of Procedure (English | French) effective July 1, 2016.

Discipline Hearing Summaries