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 Discontinuation of Services
Guide to Independent Practice
Guide to Use of Title
Guideline on the Controlled Acts and Delegation
Guideline: Working Within a Climate of Managed Resources
Guideline: Use of Social Media
Guideline: Use of Surveillance Material in Assessments
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