Occupational Therapists are University trained and regulated health professionals whose approach is based on research which proves that an individual's ability to engage in occupation increases health and well being.
ü Graduated from an accredited university programme with a four year baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy or a master's degree in occupational therapy.
ü Successfully completed a minimum of 1000 hours of fieldwork education.
ü Successfully passed the certification examination administered by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, or met provincial registration qualifications.
ü Occupational Therapists are experts, recognized by the government and consumers for evaluating and promoting performance in daily occupations.
ü Revenue Canada recognizes occupational therapy as a tax deductible medical expense.
ü Occupational therapists are recognized by Revenue Canada to authorize disability tax credits for persons with a physical disability.
ü Occupational therapists are recognized by Revenue Canada to authorize income tax deductions for therapy services provided to persons with a physical disability by a nonregulated health provider.
ü Occupational therapists are authorized to prescribe assistive devices such as wheelchairs, mobility devices, and communication aids in provinces with provincial assistive device funding programmes.
ü Authorization by an occupational therapist is required by many consumer organizations for co-funding the purchase of assistive devices.
ü The credentials of occupational therapists are recognized by provincial governments for assessing mental health competency.
ü Occupational therapy driving evaluations are recognized by provincial governments for assessing an individual's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.