To confirm that an occupational therapist (OT) is registered or to locate an Ontario OT, visit Find an Occupational Therapist. This public list of information about OTs can be accessed any time on our website.

If you are having difficulty locating an OT, please contact the College at 1.800.890.6570/416.214.1177 x236 or info@coto.org and we would be happy to help you. The College's business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Being registered with the College means that an OT meets the requirements to practice and is accountable to the College for their conduct and meeting the standards of the profession.


Information about a health care professional can help you make choices about your heath care. You can make sure a person providing occupational therapy services in Ontario is registered with the College.

All the individuals who are qualified and able to practice occupational therapy in Ontario are listed with a status of 'registered'. Previous registrants of the College are also listed.

It is illegal in Ontario for someone to use the title "occupational therapist", the initials OT, or any variation of the title if they are not registered with the College.

Information Available About OTs

The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the College bylaws specify what information about each OT is to be kept and made available to the public.

Here is the information you can find about occupational therapists and former occupational therapists:

General

  • full name, former names, and any other name used in practice
  • whether the OT is able to practise
  • languages in which the OT is able to provide service
  • current employment information, including address and telephone number
  • Information about an OTs practice, for example, practice setting and ages of clients served
  • Professional corporations in which the OT is a director or shareholder, its address and telephone number
Read the complete list of publicly available information about OTs and their Professional Corporations.

 

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Registration History

current registration status and category of registration
dates of registration
registration expiry date
past registration statuses and categories
registration number
a notation of every suspension or revocation

Other Registrations

name of any other regulatory organization, inside or outside of Ontario, where the OT is or has been registered
details of discipline and incapacity findings that have been made by any other regulatory body on or after January 1, 2016 that the College is aware of

Concerns and/or Conditions

Bail, Custody & Release Conditions and Restrictions: if known, the College posts details of any existing conditions or restrictions (such as bail conditions) imposed by a court or other lawful authority, except if the publication of such information would violate any publication ban known to the College.

Convictions: if known, the College posts details of any finding of guilt made by a court or other lawful authority (unless it has been reversed on appeal or judicial review) made on or after January 1, 2016, related to:

a criminal offence;
any offence relating to the prescribing, compounding, dispensing, selling, or administering of drugs; and
any offence relevant to OT’s suitability to practise occupational therapy.

Criminal Charges: if known, the College posts details of any pending criminal charges laid against OTs as well as details of charges laid for non-criminal offenses, provided the non-criminal charges are relevant to the OT’s suitability to practise of occupational therapy. The College only publishes this information for charges laid on or after November 1, 2017.

Discipline Information: if an OT has had, or is having, interactions with the Discipline Committee, the information is posted on Find an Occupational Therapist. Information includes:

A notation of any referral made by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee to the Discipline Committee, including the date of referral, as well as details of the status of the proceedings, until the matter is resolved
a summary of the allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence against an OT referred to discipline, as well as a link to a copy of the Notice of Hearing, until the matter is resolved
for all cases decided on or after June 4, 2003, and not removed from the register prior to June 4, 2009, if the Discipline Committee made a finding of professional misconduct and/or incompetence against an OT, a summary of the facts on which the finding was based; the penalty; and details of whether the finding is under appeal
for cases decided on or after May 30, 2017, the result of all hearings before a panel of the Discipline Committee, regardless of whether there is a finding of professional misconduct and/or incompetence

Details of any pending reinstatement applications/hearings

Fitness to Practise: the Fitness to Practise Committee can find an OT to be incapacitated if they are experiencing a physical or mental condition or disorder (e.g. substance use disorder, mental health disorder) which requires either a suspension from practice or terms, conditions or limitations to be placed on their practice in order to maintain public safety. If a matter is referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee, the College posts only basic information about referrals to the Fitness to Practise Committee and of the result of incapacity proceedings. The College also posts any information the Fitness to Practise Committee specifies is to be included on Find an Occupational Therapist.

Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee (ICRC) Outcomes: if an OT was the subject of an investigation that resulted in one of the following outcomes, it will be posted on Find an Occupational Therapist. This applies to complaints and reports received after January 1, 2017. Potential outcomes include:

Caution-in-Person: a caution-in-person is ordered when the ICRC has a significant concern about conduct or practice that can have a direct impact on patient care, safety, or the public interest if it is not addressed. A caution-in-person is a face-to-face discussion between the OT and the ICRC, to review the practice and the changes the practitioner will make to help avoid a similar incident from occurring in the future.
Specified Continuing Education or Remedial Program (SCERP): a SCERP is ordered when the ICRC has a significant concern about conduct or practice that can have a direct impact on patient care, safety, or the public interest if it is not addressed, and believe that the concerns are best addressed through additional education or remediation.
Undertaking: an undertaking is a binding and enforceable agreement between an OT and the College which sets out an obligation or restriction that the OT is agreeable to. Undertakings are issued when there are concerns about conduct or practice that may have a direct impact on patient care, safety, or the public interest if it is not addressed.

Negligence or Malpractice: if known, the College posts any findings of malpractice or professional negligence made on or after June 4, 2009.

Other Professional Findings: if known, the College posts details of discipline and incapacity findings that have been made by any other regulatory body on or after January 1, 2016.

Terms, Conditions and Limitations (TCLs): TCLs may be imposed on an OTs registration by the Registration, Discipline or Fitness to Practise Committee. TCLs generally limit or restrict the OTs practice, for example, restricting the OTs practice to a certain practice setting. TCLs can also outline conditions that the OT must meet, for example, requiring the OT to work under supervision for a defined period of time. TCLs may also require the OT complete an educational course, or attend some type of training. The College only posts existing TCLs and they are removed from Find an Occupational Therapist once fulfilled.

Information Not Available About OTs

The list of OTs located at Find an Occupational Therapist does not provide information about:

fees for services
where the OT obtained their education
any additional training the OT may have obtained after graduation
whether the OT treats a specific condition (for example, autism, stroke, arthritis)
gender of the OT
whether the OT works with support personnel sometimes called occupational therapist assistants