Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists


The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) is working together with our members and associates to move occupational therapy forward. CAOT provides a national voice to over 15,000 occupational therapists in Canada.

Join or renew with CAOT today and enjoy being part of a strong national voice that represents occupational therapy in Canada.



CAOT enables occupational therapists to be active leaders in the development of the profession. Here’s a look at just a few of our activities:

  • The CAOT Annual Conference provides occupational therapists and occupational scientists a venue to network and come together to spearhead solutions, share state of the art research, think outside the box and put innovative concepts into practice.
  • The second edition of the CAOT publication Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an Occupation Therapy Vision for Health, Well-being, & Justice through Occupation.” outlines the Leadership in Enabling Occupation (LEO) model that extends the strategic use of scholarship, accountability, funding, and workforce planning to improve access to occupational therapy.
  • CAOT continues its leadership in working with older drivers by bringing the CarFit educational program to Canada.
  • CarFit offers older drivers the opportunity to check the “fit” of their vehicles for their personal needs.
  • Occupational Therapy Now publishes a variety of articles that relay practical information and association news to help advance excellence in occupational therapy practice, policy, research and education. Occupational Therapy Now fosters timely exchange of relevant, evidence-based information.
  • CAOT actively pursues the development of occupational therapy roles in areas of federal jurisdiction and lobbies insurance companies to expand extended healthcare coverage.
  • CAOT develops, administers and researches the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) to protect public interest by assessing the written application of academic knowledge and professional behaviour of individuals entering the occupational therapy profession in Canada.


CAOT provides occupational therapists with innovative products and services. Here are just a few examples:

  • Coming Soon: Exclusive to CAOT members and associates: BarkBuilder, a new website design platform provided by Bark Communications.
  • In addition to accrediting university occupational therapist education programs, CAOT is now working with Physiotherapy Accreditation Canada to accredit college programs for occupational therapist assistants/physiotherapist assistants. Students enrolled in either university or college occupational therapy programs in Canada qualify to be CAOT student associates at no charge. 
  • The CAOT agreement with SAGE Publications allows enhanced online features for the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (CJOT), including a searchability feature for submitted articles and enhanced links to Highwire press. CJOT is also celebrating its 80th anniversary in September 2013.
  • Coming Soon: The new CAOT eBook delivery system allows readers to purchase, download and view CAOT publications online.
  • CAOT provides innovative and dynamic Lunch and Learn webinars and free Water Cooler Talks.
  • Social Media Services:  Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and the OT weekly e-newsletter features current CAOT actions, projects, news articles and allows people to stay engaged and connected.
  • CAOT provides access to online journals and publications including The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Now.
  • Launch of the Case Management Planning Tool (CMPT), brought to you by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
  • CAOT offers OT Finder, an online database that allows clients to find an occupational therapist by region and area of professional practice.  OT Finder also serves as a useful professional networking tool.
  • The CAOT Live Learning Centre provides over a hundred sessions and workshops from conference and other CAOT activities. This online learning centre provides the latest information delivered by expert presenters.
  • The Occupational Therapy Marketplace is a tool that performs targeted searches for products and services needed in occupational therapy practice.
  • CAOT provides a lexicon of occupational therapy terms in French and English for quality and consistency in translations of CAOT messaging, products and services.


CAOT works on various initiatives and projects to advance occupational therapy. Take a glimpse at just a few of the initiatives and projects that you will have access to as a CAOT member.

  • CAOT celebrates OT Month by promoting the importance of occupational therapy. Participate and become part of the national dialogue. To find out more, please click here.
  • CAOT honours the outstanding service and practice of deserving colleagues with the CAOT Awards Program.
  • During the annual Lobby Day on Parliament Hill, the CAOT Board of Directors meet with Members of Parliament, decision makers and government organizations to advocate on behalf of the profession.
  • CAOT implements online communities of practice, including the Aboriginal Health network and a rural practice network and is in the process of creating others.
  • CAOT sponsors the Network Exchange to connect members with colleagues and facilitates the exchange of information regarding research and practice.
  • CAOT provides access to the Information Gateway, a portal that provides members with valuable tools and resources to help with evidence-based occupational therapy practice.
  • CAOT celebrates the second anniversary of CAOT-BC in 2014. The provincial chapter of CAOT in British-Columbia represents occupational therapists at the provincial level. CAOT-BC lobbies and works with the provincial government and local occupational therapy employers and third party payers.
  • CAOT provides operational funding to the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF) to promote scholarship and research in Canada for occupational therapy. In its 30 year history, COTF has provided over $1.4 million in scholarship and research grants.

For a complete list of member and associate benefits, please click here.

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