The College supports the public’s right to safe, competent and ethical care by occupational therapists. A number of documents set out those clear requirements, and together define the expectations of members of the profession. Learn more below.


The Code of Ethics defines the way occupational therapists, in all situations, should uphold the integrity of the profession, serve the interests of patients, and act in a manner that justifies public trust.

Code of Ethics

Guide to the Code of Ethics

Conscious Decision-Making in Occupational Therapy


The essential knowledge, skills and judgement needed by occupational therapists in order to practice.

Essential Competencies of Occupational Therapy Practice in Canada, 3rd edition


Standards define the level of performance, as a consensus of the profession, which forms the framework for practicing and ensuring continuing competence.

Standards for Acupuncture

Standards for Consent

Standards for Infection Control

Standards for Occupational Therapy Assessments

Standards for Prevention and Management of Conflict of Interest

Standards for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse

Standards for Professional Boundaries

Standards for Psychotherapy

Standards for Record Keeping

Standards for Supervision of Students

Standards for Supervision of Support Personnel

Guides, Guidelines & Position Statements

Guides and Guidelines provide more details, context and recommendations on how to best comply with rules, regulations and standards.

Position Statements clarify the policies of the College and help OTs understand how the College will approach particular situations.

Guide to the Apology Act

Guide to the Child & Family Services Act

Guide to Controlled Acts and Delegation 

Guide to Discontinuation of Services

Guide to Independent Practice

Guide to Use of Title

Guideline: Working Within a Climate of Managed Resources

Guideline: Use of Social Media

Guideline: Use of Surveillance Material in Assessments

Guidelines for Working with Third Party Payers

Interim Guidelines for Medical Assistance in Dying

Position Statement: On the Interpretation of the Controlled Act of Communicating a Diagnosis

Use of Social Media Learning Module: Pause Before You Post