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Social Media Terms of Use

The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (“the College” or “COTO”) uses social media (including but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, X (formerly known as Twitter), Instagram, and YouTube) to share information about the College and to communicate with practitioners, members of the public, and other interested parties.

Please also keep in mind that while we strive to reply to messages, please call or email the College for any urgent matters.

Community Guidelines

  • COTO welcomes user participation and engagement with our content. However, we reserve the right to edit or delete our posts for clarification, or to remove comments at our discretion.
  • Users may have their content deleted or hidden, and/ or may be removed or banned from COTO’s social media account(s) if the content they post:
    • is abusive, obscene, or uses profane or offensive language;
    • is aggressive, malicious, or threatening;
    • is misleading or false;
    • discusses an ongoing investigation;
    • includes hateful, defamatory, discriminatory, or harassing remarks;
    • constitutes spam, advertises services or products, is off-topic;
    • includes personal or confidential information;
    • relates to a specific individual;
    • breaches a law, statute, regulation, order, code, standard, or rule;
    • is posted without the necessary rights or licenses;
    • encourages conduct that may or would constitute a criminal offence or give rise to civil liability, and/ or are contrary to the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • The submitter of comments and content is fully responsible for the comments and content posted.
  • COTO is not responsible for such comments and content, nor for any information, references, links, opinions, claims, or advice in such comments and content, nor to collect, review, use, update, edit, retain, return, dispose of, share, circulate, act on, consider, or respond to, any such comments and content.

Please notify the College’s Communications Team if you see a comment, content, or user that you think does not comply with our Community Guidelines.

Disclaimers and Agreements

  • The information COTO posts on its social media channels should not be considered official College policies or guidance. Users can access official College policies and guidelines on the College website.
  • By using any of COTO’s social media sites (including without limitation by posting any comment or content), each user agrees:
    • not to facilitate or to encourage any violations of our Terms of Use.
    • by posting comments and content, you are giving COTO permission to use and distribute those comments and content.
    • to indemnify the College and to hold the College harmless from any liability, loss, damage or expense, including without limitation professional and other fees and expenses, arising out of such user’s use of any of the College’s social media site(s), and any comments or content posted.
  • Use of COTO’s social media sites and their content is at each user’s own risk. All platforms and content are provided "as is."
    • Users must not rely on any content published on or linked from our social media sites without first making their own enquiries to verify it is accurate, current, and complete.
    • External link sources may include, but are not limited to:
      • Government ministries, departments, commissions, boards, services, and agencies;
      • Offices of the Legislature;
      • Hospitals and other health institutions and organizations;
      • Universities and Colleges;
      • News and media outlets and publications;
      • Community groups and organizations;
      • Professional associations and individual occupational therapists.
  • COTO follows and engages with other social media accounts, including various organizations, interested parties, members of the media, and practitioners.
    • COTO’s decision to like, comment, follow, or share content and/ or links from a particular user or organization should not be interpreted as endorsement of that user or organization, content of the post or website, or of any organization(s) linked to, or mentioned by the post. These do not necessarily reflect the views and values upheld by COTO.

*This content is adapted, with permission, from the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario; the original work is available on