The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
Enewsletter | September 2020
In this issue…
  • Message from the Registrar
  • New COVID-19 Resources for Back to School
  • Insurance Reminder
  • 2020 QA Requirements
  • Peer and Practice Assessments Update
  • 2 Practice Q & A: Emailing Client Info and Virtual Provisional Supervision
  • Special Elections Voting
  • New MTO Reporting Form
  • Consultations Feedback
Message from the Registrar
Another season has passed and today marks the first day of fall, which means October and OT Month are fast approaching. As our next newsletter will be mid-October, I wanted to take a moment in this issue to acknowledge the work of all occupational therapists.

We have been pushed close to our limits this year, as we faced – and continue to face – COVID-19. The commitment and dedication of all our registrants has been tremendous. We are proud of the work that has been done to continue providing the client-centred care that is at the heart of our profession.

You are appreciated and we thank you.

Elinor Larney, MHSc, OT Reg. (Ont.)
New COVID-19 Resources
As the pandemic continues, our internal COVID Task Force remains in contact with the Ministry, receives and reviews COVID bulletins and updates, and is collaborating with other stakeholders as necessary to interpret, analyze and communicate the ongoing COVID-19 impact on registrants.  
Most recently we have updated our Return to Work Guidance, added updated references to Ministry guidance on long-term care and retirement homes, and provided information on Return to School for therapists who practice in this area. 

We will continue to monitor the situation closely this fall as schools reopen and cases are expected to rise. Our practice team remains available to registrants, the public and others who may have questions about how COVID-19 is impacting occupational therapy services.
Insurance Reminder
Update your insurance information within 30 days of any change
Thank you to all OTs who renewed their registration for the 2020-2021 registration year. We hope the renewal extension to August 31, 2020 and options of instalment payments provided some relief during these times.

As we move into fall, please note your insurance coverage may be expiring soon. To update your insurance, first renew your insurance with your provider prior to the policy expiration date. Once this is done, you have 30 days to update the insurance policy information with the College. This requirement is in place even if you are providing virtual care. Avoid technical issues by reviewing the details online.
2020 QA Requirements
Now Available
Reminder – the 2020 QA requirements are now available in MyQA. Log in now to begin!
Update: Peer and Practice Assessments
Resuming Suspended Peer and Practice Assessments
The College will be resuming the peer and practice assessments that were suspended at the beginning of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Impacted registrants have been contacted by phone with more information to follow in a letter. It is anticipated that these assessments will be completed by the end of this year.

New Process for Selection to Participate in Peer and Practice Assessment – Starting November 2020
In the coming months, the College will be piloting its new risk-based selection process for participation in peer and practice assessment. Selected registrants will be notified by email in late November 2020. Peer and practice assessments will take place between January and May 2021.

Questions? Please contact Seema Sindwani, Manager, Quality Assurance.
Q&A: Emailing Client Info and Virtual Supervision
Information for occupational therapists
You asked us:
What are the expectations for emailing client information?

Can I supervise a provisional OT virtually?

Your Vote Matters!
Polls close September 30th at 2:00 p.m.
Attention OTs in Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara and surrounding areas—there’s still time to cast your ballot in the Council election! Your vote can make a difference.
Polls close Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 2 p.m. EST.
If you cannot locate your ballot or have not received your electronic ballot, please check your junk mail folder or contact

New MTO Reporting Form
For OTs who are submitting a discretionary report about fitness to drive please be advised that the Ministry of Transportation has recently revised and updated the Medical Condition Report Form. Effective immediately OTs must use the new form for discretionary reporting. OTs are encouraged to complete the form electronically.

You can access the form through the Ministry website:
Thank You For Your Feedback
Consultations for the Code of Ethics and Revised Standards for OT Assessments are now closed
Consultations for both the Code of Ethics and Revised Standards for OT Assessments closed this month, and we'd like to thank all registrants who completed the survey and provided their comments.

We are reviewing feedback and look forward to sharing information in the near future. Please check for updates.
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.

20 Bay Street, Suite 900, Toronto, ON · 416.214.1177 1.800.890.6570 · ·