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 .

Wellness Together Canada. Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support.

Government of Canada. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool.

COVID-19 Resources Inventory compiled by the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Mental Health and Chronic Disease Network 

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) continues to monitor developments in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across Canada 


Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care. (2020). COVID-19: Guidance for the Health Sector.

College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. (2020). Information on COVID-19.


Institut national de santé publique du Québec. (2020). COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec. (2020). Covid-19. 

British Columbia

BC Centre for Disease Control. (2020). COVID-19 Care.

College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia. (2020). COVID-19 Updates.


Alberta Health Services. (2020). Information for AHS Staff & Health Professionals novel coronavirus (COVID-19) .

Alberta College of Occupational Therapists. (2020). News.  


Saskatchewan. (2020). Information for Health Care Providers.

Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists. (2020). COVID-19: Resource List Specific to Occupational Therapy and COVID-19. 



Shared Health Manitoba. (2020). Provincial coronavirus resources for health care providers and staff.

College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.

Nova Scotia

College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. (2020). COVID-19 – Update from College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Canada. (2020). Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health).


Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Canada Government. (2020). COVID-19.


Yukon. (2020). Guidelines for the delivery of 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.

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

National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam (NOTCE).



Frequently asked questions: from Canadian occupational therapists, OTAs, and students. If you cannot find the answer to your specific question, do not hesitate to contact Josée Seguin.

Support for your practice during COVID-19



  • Advocacy initiatives: Speaking up and out during COVID-19 – some key messages


  • CAOT COVID-19 Exchange Forums



  1. COVID-19 open discussion and resource sharing


  1. Practical information for OTs considering telehealth 


  1. Pandemic impacts on the student experience


  1. Addressing the Economic Impacts of COVID-19


  1. #OTatHome


  1. CAOT Practice Networks


  1. Indigenous health in the time of COVID: Implications for occupational therapy



  • 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. 

Support for you during COVID-19

  • 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.

    1. Overview of resilience training
    2. Prerequisites and Foundations of Resilience
    3. The compassion protocol
    4. Managing emotions
    5. Intentional activities
    6. Q& A with Rachel Thibeault
    7. Peer support and resilience


  • Member contribution: Wellness Plan by Catherine Backman/Skye Barbic

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