COVID-19 news and resources for occupational therapists
The continued spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Canada and around the world had had varied impacts on occupational therapy practice and study. CAOT’s top priority as we navigate this outbreak together is the health and safety of occupational therapy practitioners, students, and the clients they serve. To this end, we have compiled resources to support you. Please note that these resources are provided for information sharing and do not replace advice or direction from your College or Ordre. We will update this page as information becomes available and will continue to empower you to navigate these unprecedented circumstances.
Key resources table
Government of Canada. (2020). Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): For health professionals . https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals.html
Wellness Together Canada. Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support. https://ca.portal.gs/
Government of Canada. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool. https://ca.thrive.health/covid19/en
Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care. (2020). COVID-19: Guidance for the Health Sector. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/2019_guidance.aspx
College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. (2020). Information on COVID-19. https://www.coto.org/you-and-your-ot/information-on-covid-19
Institut national de santé publique du Québec. (2020). COVID-19 (coronavirus). https://www.inspq.qc.ca/covid-19
BC Centre for Disease Control. (2020). COVID-19 Care. http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-care
Alberta Health Services. (2020). Information for AHS Staff & Health Professionals novel coronavirus (COVID-19) . https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16947.aspx
Alberta College of Occupational Therapists. (2020). News. https://acot.ca/news/
Saskatchewan. (2020). Information for Health Care Providers. https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/information-for-health-care-providers
Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists. (2020). COVID-19: Resource List Specific to Occupational Therapy and COVID-19. https://ssot.sk.ca/ot-resources/covid-19
Shared Health Manitoba. (2020). Provincial coronavirus resources for health care providers and staff. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/health-providers/coronavirus-resources/
College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update. https://cotm.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-update
College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. (2020). COVID-19 – Update from College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. https://cotns.ca/
New Brunswick Canada. (2020). Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health). https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/
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Prince Edward Island Canada Government. (2020). COVID-19. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/covid-19
Yukon. (2020). Guidelines for the delivery of critical, essential and other services. https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19/guidelines-delivery-critical-essential-and-other-services
WHO. (2020). Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak: rights, roles and responsibilities of health workers, including key considerations for occupational safety and health. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub
If you are aware of other credible resources to support the work of front line occupational therapists, please do not hesitate to share them with Josée Seguin.
Get up-to-date information on the
- Economic relief available for your and/or your business
- Advocacy initiatives: Speaking up and out during COVID-19 – some key messages
- CAOT COVID-19 Exchange Forums
- Suicide and OT practice network slides
- Occupational Therapy in Vision Rehabilitation Network Slides
- Technology for Occupation and Participation Slides
- Managing practice risk with BMS insurance
Our insurance partner BMS Group has provided relevant information related to managing your practice during the pandemic, including information on:
Virtual Health Care Services – Ensuring Continuity of Care
Returning to Practice during Covid-19
Crisis Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ethical Issues for Regulated Health Professionals in the Era of COVID-19
New: Vaccination Policies in Workplaces
- Member contribution : Beyond COVID website by Anna Braunizer – specifically the ‘Doing Library’.
- Member contribution: Ergo-Wise resources by Adeena Wisenthal
- World Federation of Occupational Therapists: WFOT has established a dedicated online platform to support requests to network, share and develop resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 and its relevance to the occupational therapy profession.
Search WFOT Resources for disaster management publications and position statements, search terms ‘disaster’ and ‘covid-19’
- Occupational therapy and mental health: Now more than ever, we need ALL regulated mental health providers, including OTs, to help with the surge in demand for mental health services for Canadians following COVID-19. OT services are of critical importance to help Canadians dealing with the disruption of COVID-19 and cannot be overlooked. We encourage you and provide tools to help you take action now! Inform decision makers that OTs should be recognized as mental health providers and included in public and private health care plans.
- CAMH resource on digital mental health tools: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) worked in collaboration with Canada Health Infoway to develop this resource document to support the increased use of digital mental health tools in mental health clinic practices in Canada, and to assist health care providers in empowering their clients and caregivers to use digital mental health tools.
- Rachel Thibeau’s webinar series Pathways to resilience: Strategies for a world in upheaval
This webinar series on resilience is meant as a resource for those going through rough times and those providing support through rough times. The resilience modules currently posted are available to all, at no cost and with no registration required.
- Member contribution: Engagement in living during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing occupational disruption by Karen Whalley Hammell.
- Member contribution: Wellness Plan by Catherine Backman/Skye Barbic