Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

                      2016-2017 online renewal is now open! 

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Membership in CAOT gives you access to programs and services that support your practice and our profession.


  • Canadian citizen or established primary residency in Canada; and
  • Have successfully completed the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination; or *
  • Qualified for full registration (without restrictions) from a Canadian occupational therapy regulatory body.

Membership is available in the following categories:


Providing direct service, education, consultation, research or administration in any field of health, education, community and/or social service.




Special First-Year Rate
*First time CAOT members only*




Work more than 800 hours between October 1st and September 30th




Work less than 800 hours between October 1st and September 30th



Practicing outside

Eligible for individual membership but living outside of Canada




Not working between October 1st and September 30th may register as non-practicing members by selecting from the list of options provided below. Should an individual resume working within the period noted above, it will be necessary for them to upgrade their status from non-practicing to the appropriate category.




  • Unemployed but anticipating return to practice in the future.
  • Planning to return to practice within the year.
  • Employed in a position unrelated to occupational therapy.
  • Extended/permanent leave of absence from the profession.
  • Retired.
  • Maternity/Parental Leave.
  • Full-time graduate student.




Life Member

  • Granted by the Board of CAOT at its own discretion
  • Hold current membership for 20 or more consecutive years
  • Have practised occupational therapy for at least 20 years or more, consecutive or not
  • Demonstrate, in the opinion of the Board, an outstanding contribution to the Association or to occupational therapy as a profession


2016-2017 Membership Renewal 

If you would prefer to register or renew for the 2016-2017 membership year using a form, please fill out a registration form or a renewal form. Please email completed forms to or fax them to 613-523-2552.

CAOT GoodLife memberships

Please note that GoodLife fitness memberships will be available for purchase for the 2016-2017 year through the GoodLife online registration system.

Please note: Occupational therapists registered to work in Quebec are not required to complete the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam (NOTCE) in order to join CAOT as a member.

Occupational therapists who were awarded grandfathered membership in 1986 or those meeting the criteria for the exam waiver are also invited to register as individual members.

For individuals who have not met the first criteria above, registration is contingent upon providing CAOT with documentation (within 1 month of online registration) of current or previous registration with a Canadian regulatory body (without restrictions).

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