Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health profession that empowers people of all ages to overcome barriers in their everyday lives so they can do more and live better.
The short answer: not just anyone. To practice as an OT in Canada, you need to have completed Masters-level studies in occupational therapy. OTs understand the physical, developmental, cognitive, and mental health factors that affect human function. This allows them to look at all the factors that affect each person’s health, ability to do everyday tasks, and maintain a good quality of life. Canadian graduates must pass a national certification examination before they can practice as an OT.
To ensure high standards of care and protect the public, the practice of occupational therapy is regulated in Ontario and most other parts of Canada. Ontario OTs are registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, which has a list of registered OTs. Only professionals registered with this college can call themselves occupational therapists. Ontario’s health professional regulatory system assures standards of practice to support the quality of care you deserve.
OTs can make a big difference in your life, whether you need help managing at home, school, work, in hospital or out in the community. Find an OT in Ontario or contact the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists by calling 1-877-676-6768 or sending an email.