What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy improves life participation through rehabilitation, adaptation, equipment acquisition, and health promotion. Occupational Therapists are health professionals who work with their clients, of all ages and abilities, to assume or resume the skills they need to complete the occupations involved with the job of living. These occupations involve tasks or activities that occupy your time and energy, such as bathing or mowing the lawn. Occupations vary with age, abilities, interests, and responsibilities, and can be affected by illness, disease, or circumstance. Occupational Therapists work with people to achieve their occupational goals of everyday life.

Professional Associations

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
CAOT is the national professional association; their purpose is to advance the profession of occupational therapy in order to improve the health of Canadians. Membership with CAOT is optional. New graduate occupational therapists are eligible for reduced membership rates. CAOT Code of Ethics

The Essential Competencies of Practice for Occupational Therapists in Canada, 3rd Edition was developed to describe the core competencies that an occupational therapist must display on a daily basis, through the demonstration of appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate for the occupational therapy practice context in Canada.  Read online.

Regulatory Board

Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO)
ACOTRO is the national organization of occupational therapy regulators in Canada. ACOTRO’s ten provincial members protect the public by regulating the practice of occupational therapy in their respective provinces. Through ACOTRO, regulators collaborate to promote consistency and excellence in regulating occupational therapy across Canada.
Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists (SSOT)
The Saskatchewan Society of Occupational therapists is the self-governing body responsible for regulating the practice of occupational therapy in Saskatchewan. SSOT’s role is to protect the public through quality regulation of occupational therapy practice in Saskatchewan, to support the continuing competence of our members, and to promote awareness of occupational therapy services. Registration and licensure with the SSOT is mandatory to work as an occupational therapist in Saskatchewan.
Occupational Therapy Competency Examination
The successful completion of the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam (NOTCE) is required in order to establish eligibility for a full practicing occupational therapy license in Saskatchewan and many jurisdictions in Canada. For more information, please refer to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists website


Sherry Just, M.O.T. Reg. (Sask)
Executive Director/Regulatory Coordinator
Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists (SSOT)
Box 9089, Saskatoon, SK S7K 7E7