The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
Enewsletter | August 2020
In this issue…
  • Annual Renewal
  • Special Elections
  • Quality Assurance Update
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Consultations: Revised Standards for OT Assessments and Code of Ethics
  • Changes to PHIPA
  • Case of the Month: Virtual Care
  • Call for Committee Members
  • New COVID-19 FAQs for the Public
  • Thank you re: COVID-19 SURVEY
Annual Renewal Reminder
This year's renewal deadline has been extended to August 31, 2020
This is a reminder that your registration renewal and payment is due August 31, 2020. If you have any concerns, please contact our Manager of Registration, Clara Lau at
As we venture through our first renewal period during a pandemic, we wanted to provide clarification about some common questions we are receiving:

Currency – The College understands some occupational therapy practices have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and, as a result, there are questions and concerns about maintaining practice hours. Please note, the requirement to have 600 hours of practice within the scope of occupational therapy within the preceding three years has been extended until May 31, 2021.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing
Special Elections
Call for nominations closes August 27, 2020
The College is holding a special election this summer to fill vacancies in Districts 1 and 2. Nominations close August 27, 2020. Online voting begins Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Watch the webinar on our YouTube Channel and read the Q&As from the webinar on our website to learn more about running for Council or review information about College elections on our website.

If you have questions, please contact us the College at
Quality Assurance Update
QA due dates and new Competency Assessment process in 2021
Reminder: the 2020 Quality Assurance (QA) requirements are available in MyQA . The due date for both the 2020 Prescribed Regulatory Education Program (PREP): Managing Risks in Occupational Therapy Practice and the 2020 Self-Assessment (SA) has been extended to December 31, 2020.

If you are concerned about completing your 2020 PREP and 2020 Self-Assessment by the due date, please contact Seema Sindwani, Manager of the Quality Assurance Program, at
The College is developing an evidence-informed process and tools to assess the continuing competence of occupational therapists as part of the Quality Assurance (QA) program. A pilot of the risk-based selection process will launch during the 2021-2022 registration year. Visit our new web page to review the background and learn more.
Professional Liability Insurance
All occupational therapists, regardless of area of practice or practice status, must have professional liability insurance (PLI) that meets the College's requirements. 

Many policies expire on October 1st. Please ensure you renew your insurance with your provider prior to the policy expiration date. Once you've renewed your policy, you must update your insurance policy information with the College within 30 days. Policy information can updated through the member login.
Open Consultations
Provide your feedback before the September deadlines
Standards for Occupational Therapist Assessments

We recently opened the public consultation on the revised Standards for Occupational Therapist Assessments. Please take 10 minutes to review the changes and share your feedback.

English Survey: 

The survey closes Friday, September 11, 2020 at 4:30 pm.
Code of Ethics

If you haven't already, the College is also looking for feedback on our revised Code of Ethics. These changes would have a direct impact on Ontario’s occupational therapists and we are interested in hearing from everyone.

English Survey: 

The deadline for submission of feedback is midnight on Monday, September 14, 2020.
For additional feedback options, please contact the Practice Resource Service 416.214.1177 ext. 240 or 1.800.890.6570 ext. 240 or
Recent Changes to PHIPA
Personal Health Information and Protection Act changes affecting OTs
Earlier this year, the Personal Health Information and Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) was amended.

The key changes impacting occupational therapy practice, particularly those who are Health Information Custodians (HICs), include: new enforcement tools, fine increases, the right to access personal health information in an electronic format, and more. You can view all the PHIPA changes on our website.

Learn more about PHIPA and your obligations under it on our website. Please contact Practice with any questions at 416.214.1177/1.800.890.6570 x240 or
Case of the Month
Considerations for Virtual Care
Emily is practising in the community and has received a referral for falls prevention with an older adult. She learns the client, Hilda, has recently been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis, and lives alone in an apartment.

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Emily is considering her options about the best way to deliver her services to Hilda. What should she do?
Opportunity for 2 OTs
Non-Council Committee Members Needed — Apply by September 18
The College is seeking 2 occupational therapists (OTs) to serve as non-Council Committee members for the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC).

The ICRC reviews concerns about an OT's conduct or practice that have been brought to the attention of the College.

If you are interested in being considered, please email your resumé to Adrita Shah Noor, Case Manager, Investigations & Resolutions, at by 
September 18th, 2020.
New COVID-19 FAQs for the Public
The College recently released new COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the public. Occupational therapists may find these questions and answers helpful to share with their patients and clients. Check under the "For the Public" section of our dedicated COVID-19 page.
COVID-19 Survey Thank You
In June, we asked you to help evaluate the College's early COVID-19 pandemic response. Thank you to the 502 registrants who completed the survey and provided their thoughtful comments. We are reviewing feedback and look forward to sharing information in the near future. Please send any additional feedback to
Any changes to your profile information in the last 30 days? Make sure you update your profile.

If registrants unsubscribe, they will be contacted to re-subscribe. The College communicates to occupational therapists by email regarding changes to standards, mandatory registration requirements, public consultations and more. We strive to keep communication relevant and to a minimum.

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