Internationally Educated Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapists must meet specific licensing requirements before they are allowed to practise in Canada. These requirements protect the public and ensure that everyone receives safe, high-quality care from qualified occupational therapists.
The requirements to practise occupational therapy are set by the provincial regulatory organizations. Occupational therapy is not a regulated health profession in the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut.
Your first step is to get information about the requirements that you must meet. Please contact the regulators (ACOTRO SEAS program) directly.
For information about the eligibility process to write the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE), please click here.
Immigration and Employment in Canada
- For further information on assessments and recognition of credentials for the purpose of immigration and employment in Canada, please consult the web site of the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.
- For more information about the immigration and visa application process, please contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada directly.
- Immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker
Citizenship and Immigration Canada in collaboration with CAOT have developed a fact sheet that will be used by government agencies for Internationally Educated Occupational Therapists (IEOT) wishing to work in Canada. To access the fact sheet, please click here.
If you are exploring a career in occupational therapy in Canada, there are many resources available that provide important information about regulations, certification and more! Still have questions? Contact us.
- Canadian Occupational Therapy Practice Self-assessment Tool
- Canadian Occupational Therapist Assistant Self-Assessment Tool
- Momentum (Online Mentoring Module)
CAOT only accepts requests from occupational therapists. All other professions, e.g. physiotherapists, activity therapists, rehabilitation therapists, recreational therapists, etc. should visit the web site for the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials, or perform an Internet search in order to contact the appropriate organization in Canada.