Final PREP2017 reminder sent today

Jan 29 2018

COTM sent a final email reminder to about 100 members who did not have their names in the PREP2017 Quiz Declaration database by midafternoon today.

Please remind the OTs you connect with to check their junk or spam folders - especially if they think they have not done the PREP quiz yet.

Formal Consultation on a new Standard of Practice for Prescribing Opioids

Jan 29 2018

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba invites members, related stakeholders, and the public to provide comments on the proposed new Standard of Practice for Prescribing Opioids, excluding patients with active cancer, in palliative care or at the end-of-life.

The proposed new Schedule to CPSM’s Standards of Practice outlines the way in which doctors are to prescribe opioids to patients across the province.
We have prepared two briefing notes, one for our members and stakeholders and one for the public, and invite you to review your version prior to taking an indepth look at the draft Standard itself.

Member and Stakeholder Briefing
Public Briefing

We also have a link to the Consultation documents on the CPSM web site at
Please submit comments by email to


If you wish to mail in written comments, please address them to:
The Registrar
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba
1000 – 1661 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3J 3T7

College Council values your feedback. Your response helps Council in striking the appropriate balance between serving patient needs and setting reasonable expectations for physician practice.

Anna Ziomek, MD

Follow up to January 18, 2018 email re: receipts

Jan 24 2018

On January 18, 2018, COTM sent out an email to all members about receipts.  We wish to clarify a couple items. This message was sent as a reminder that as we enter tax prep season, you can find your COTM receipt and card in your Member Portal (in the Renewal History Tab. Member Portal access link was provided in the email). This statement applies to all COTM members who renewed their registration for May 31, 2017 (i.e. during the renewal period).  

Any COTM members who registered after June 1, 2017, were provided with a receipt at time of registration. This also applies to those members who converted their registration during the year; you were provided with a receipt following your conversion.  If you are unable to locate your receipt, please email .  We apologize for any confusion.

Emailed Notices: PA and PREP2017 Deadline

Jan 19 2018

COTM members who were selected for Paper Audits this cycle received notice by email earlier this week.It has come to our attention that some of these emails may be going into Junk or Spam folders.

Members who use Hotmail or Gmail in particular should check their other folders to make sure that the email provider has not redirected email from COTM into these folders. This is not a problem that is within COTM's control - it is the action of the email provider who uses formulas for determining whether or not bulk email gets redirected as spam or junk.

If you find COTM email in one of these folders, check with your provider to find out how to prevent this from happening in the future.

Members who had not yet Declared their PREP2017 online quiz complete were emailed reminders this week also. The deadline for the quiz is January 31.

PREP2017: Managing Client Information - to be completed by January 31, 2018

Jan 10 2018

All COTM members were sent an email on December 16, 2017 entitled "PREP2017 Announcement Reminder."  If you are unable to locate this message in your inbox, please check your spam, bulk or junk mail folders. 

The topic for the Prescribed Regulatory Education Program (PREP) this year is Managing Client Information and is based on the new COTM Practice Guideline: Managing Client Information - Meeting Legislative Obligations 2017.  The PREP 2017 Online Quiz link is provided in the December 16 email.

All COTM members are required to complete the PREP Online Quiz for 2017 by January 31, 2018 to be eligible to renew registration in 2018. 

Post AGM Communication

Oct 26 2017

Thank you to all members who attended the October 24th AGM. Unfortunately we did not reach quorum; therefore we will be sending out emails to all members regarding items that require approval from the membership. You can anticipate receiving these messages in the next week or so. 

We also thank the 72 members (or approximately 10% of the membership) who provided feedback and questions in our pre-AGM survey.  These survey responses helped inform the October 24th presentation and will be further considered by the Council and relevant Committees. We will inform you when the PowerPoint presentations have been posted on the COTM website.

Enjoy celebrating these final few days of OT Month!

AGM Reminder

Oct 18 2017

Please join us for COTM's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at Centro Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Ave., Winnipeg

There is a lot of construction in the area surrounding the Caboto Centre (Taylor and Grant south of Waverly - both ways).  You will need to allow for delays in traffic and we urge you to consider alternate routes to reach the venue.

This year we begin with a light dinner starting at 5:00 p.m. followed with the COTM Annual General Meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m.

You can view the meeting package online - as well as COTM's Annual Report - at the following link:
We hope to see you there - registration begins at 4:30 p.m.!

If for some reason you will not be attending the AGM, please complete the PROXY forms found in the AGM package or click here: PROXY FORMS

The proxy forms must be received by COTM no later than October 23, 2017 or it may be delivered by the proxy holder (on behalf of the member) to
the meeting registration table prior to the meeting being called to order.

AGM packages are in the mail!

Sep 26 2017

Please watch for your 2017 Annual General Meeting package - they have been mailed to all COTM members. We hope you will join us October 24th at the AGM. This year a light dinner will be starting at 5:00 p.m. with the COTM Annual General Meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. 

You may also view the meeting package online at the following link:

Oct. 24, 2017 ... Save the Date for the AGM

Jun 26 2017

This year's Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at the Caboto Centre.

The format will be slightly different this year with a light dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the General Meeting following at 5:45 p.m. 

Details to follow in the AGM mailing package. Please add to your calendars as we'd love to see everyone attend!

COTM Survey re: Managing Client Information

Apr 20 2017

Record keeping is the single area about which COTM receives the majority of practice-related questions.  For the past several years, the Practice Issues Committee has been working to prepare a document that will provide members with information that assists members in meeting their practice obligations as required by The Personal Health Information Act of Manitoba, addressed in the COTM Code of Ethics and ACOTRO Essential Competencies, and outlined by employer or agency policies and procedures.

Last fall, COTM introduced members to the Public Participation Spectrum as developed by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2). It urges those who seek the input of others to be explicit about the commitments made to those who respond.  COTM’s Practice Issues Committee commits to reviewing all responses as it works to finalize the draft document.  COTM is aiming to have the document finalized and approved by Council in late June 2017.

Consistent with the IAP2 Spectrum, COTM is seeking your involvement through Consulting which IAP2 describes with the public participation goal as: To obtain public feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decision.

Following on the language in the Spectrum, COTM’s promise to you as our public is as follows: We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision. ( the past several years, the Practice Issues Committee has been working to prepare a document about managing client information that will provide information to assist members in meeting their practice obligations as required by The Personal Health Information Act of Manitoba, addressed in the COTM Code of Ethics and ACOTRO Essential Competencies, and outlined by employer or agency policies and procedures. 

COTM is asking members to complete a survey to determine if the information in each section is clear and relevant and consistent with their understanding of their obligations; the links to a draft version of the document and to the COTM survey can be found at the bottom of the following page:

CCP Materials for Renewal

Apr 10 2017

Renewal this year is a little different because copies of the annual CCP materials are required instead of the declaration of completion for both the online and paper renewal applications. All members were emailed a detailed instruction set for the online renewal including the CCP portion on April 7, 2017. Check your inbox if you have not seen it.

COTM is noticing some confusion about the PREP Quiz evidence requirement. Prior to 2015, members were required to save a copy of their PREP quiz results and a confirmation of receipt of PREP declaration as well as their completed PREP Worksheet.

In 2015, the first 2 pieces of required evidence were discontinued and the completed PREP Worksheet is now the only required evidence of PREP participation.

The PREP Worksheet is on the last page of every PREP Resource Document. As part of the PREP requirement, members must record their answers to the PREP quiz, enter the correct answers and summarize the results of a their reflection concerning whether there is a learning goal arising from the comparison of their anwers and those in the COTM Answers and Rationale. A fully completed PREP Worksheet has every row in columns 2, 3 and 5 filled out. There is not always need for a comment in Column 4 but feel free to enter your ideas for future learning or investigation.

Members were advised to save a copy of the PREP Resource Document and/or attached Worksheet but copies of generic PREP Worksheets are available on the website at

A completed copy of the Worksheet is required for every COTM renewal this year. If you have any questions about your renewal application this year, please call or email us at the COTM office.


















April 13 Update: Check out materials in the CCP area of the website like the COTM CCP Materials Checklist that can help members organize their materials to prepare for a Paper Audit.


COTM Annual Renewal Message of March 31, 2017

Apr 04 2017

Greetings COTM Members,
Many of you may have received the abbreviated registration renewal package already.  The COTM website has been updated to include a virtual renewal package with all the information about this year's renewal. You can find it at

Included again this year is the Frequently Asked Questions About Renewal sheet that will provide you with answers to commonly asked questions. It also covers the details of the new items for 2017-2018 renewal including changes to the CCP and Insurance submission requirements.

Online renewal through the member portals will be opened the week of April 3, 2017. We will advise the membership via email when the new renewal screens are open.  The deadline for renewal is May 31, 2017.

If after reviewing the online information you have further questions please contact the COTM office for assistance.

COTM Annual Renewal

Mar 28 2017

Registration renewal is fast upon us. This message serves to remind you about the 2017-2018 renewal and is a follow-up to our COTM Member Fees email dated March 14, 2017.
Renewal forms and payments must be submitted to COTM by the end of business day May 31, 2017. This year you can choose the method most convenient to submit your renewal  - either an online or a paper submission.

As mentioned in our March 14th email, the fees for the 2017 - 2018 registration year will be $720.00 (which is a base fee of $610 and a levy of $110).  The COTM Council recognizes the fee is significant; further the Council acknowledges and requests your understanding as it works to ensure COTM can meet its statutory obligations and operational priorities.

New for 2017:

Gone are the large renewal packages! By April 1, 2017, you will receive a business-size envelope containing important information regarding COTM registration renewal.

Gone are paper application forms!  You may renew your registration online or print out a renewal application form from the COTM website if you opt for a paper submission.

Please review carefully the section dealing with submitting your CCP documentation as there have been changes to this area for this renewal year.  

The entire renewal package will be available online by April 1st to assist you in completing your registration renewal.

I welcome any questions you may have regarding this email message.

Sandra Ott, O.T. Reg. (MB)
COTM Registrar

Reminder: PREP2016 Due Jan.31

Jan 18 2017

An email was sent to over 300 members to remind people who had not declared their PREP complete by the end of the day today. The email has links and a reminder that there is a $50.00 administration fee to be set up to complete the requirement after the deadline.


Dec 24 2016

Links to the current PREP (PREP2016-Communication) was sent to all COTM members in early November. The deadline for completing the quiz is January 31. When the submit button is clicked on the Declaration, a message to download a PDF of the Answers and Rationale document opens up. Successful download of this document serves as acknowledgement that your PREP declaration was received.

AGM Update

Oct 19 2016

Once again it is time for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM packages were mailed to your home address at the end of September. For your convenience, an on-line meeting package is posted here: 2016 AGM Package

There are a few items to bring to your attention:

1. COTM's 2015 - 2016 Annual Report is posted at the following link:

2. If you live outside of Winnipeg (and more than 100 kms from the venue) and wish to take part in a webinar of the AGM, please notify Sandra via email at by noon on October 20, 2016.

3. If you are unable to attend the AGM, please complete the proxy appointment forms included in your meeting package and forward to the COTM Office by the end of day October 24, 2016; alternatively send all forms with your proxy to the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on October 25th!

2016 AGM meeting packages are in the mail

Sep 27 2016

Please watch for your 2016 Annual General Meeting package - they have been mailed to all COTM members. We hope you will join us in October at the AGM. You may also view the meeting package online at the following link:

Save the date October 25 ... for our AGM

Aug 23 2016

COTM is pleased to announce that we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Viscount Gort Hotel.

Details to follow in the AGM mailing package.

Please add to your calendars as we'd love to see everyone attend!

Receipts and Cards now available in Member Portals

Jun 30 2016

All COTM members now have Member Portals configured and can login to access PDFs of the COTM documents.

All members were sent a message on June 28 from COTM with instructions for how to access the portal and the documents.

Those who previously requested that their Portal be configured must use the login information provided at the time that they were configured.

Those who did not have a portal before, had one configured on June 28. You should have a second message, from Gestisoft Admin, with your login information in it.

Please do not click the "Initial Application" button to login. This is for first time applications to the college and not to the Member Portal.

Please check the email sent on June 28 for how to get assistance or to report a problem.

Online renewal is now open

May 03 2016

Members received email yesterday advising that online registration renewal is now open. Members may chose to use either method for renewing this year. The same deadlines apply to online renewal as to paper renewal.

The User Guide for COTM Online Renewal is recommended reading before beginning to renew online. A link is located in the Online renewal email sent to members on May 2.

It is important to ignore all the Tabs except the one on the right hand side that says "2016-2017 Renewal" in bold print. This is the renewal form and data entered here will populate the other Tabs automatically.

Call the office (204-957-1214 ext 20) or email to if you have any questions or require assistance.

PREP2015 Acknowledgement

Apr 05 2016

We regret that the wording on the Renewal form was not changed to reflect the discontinuation of the emailed acknowledgement of PREP completion. The successful download of the PREP2015 Answers and Rationale serves as acknowledgement that the PREP requirement was completed. Members who received this document may answer "yes" on their CCP Declaration this year.

PREP Deadline is Sunday: Jan. 31

Jan 28 2016

The PREP2015 quiz will be closed at midnight on Sunday and an administrative fee will be needed to process re-opening the link. All COTM members must declare their PREP requirement complete to be eligible to renew their registration this year.

If you know of a colleague who may have forgotten, please remind them to check for COTM email with the links and instructions.

Proclamation of The Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Enhancing Passenger Safety)

Dec 09 2015

On December 1, 2015, The Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Enhancing Passenger Safety) and its supporting regulation, the Standards for Mobility Aid Securement and Occupant Restraint Systems and Related Exemptions Regulation came into force. In the winter of 2014/15, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation consulted stakeholders on this initiative and now provides the following information as our organizations participated in those consultations.Please see the following letter:   Proclamation of The Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Enhancing Passenger Safety).

AGM Update

Oct 19 2015

Once again it is time for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). By now you all should have the AGM meeting package that was mailed to your home address on September 24, 2015. For your convenience, an updated meeting package is posted at the following link:

There are a few items to bring to your attention:

1. COTM's 2014 - 2015 Annual Report is posted at the following link:
2. An updated 2014 - 2015 Budget Comparative form is included in the online AGM meeting package and printed copies will be available at the AGM registration table.
3. An updated Council Nominations form is included in the online AGM meeting package and printed copies of this will be available at the AGM registration table.
4. If you have any food allergies and/or special dietary requirements, please notify COTM via email at by October 16, 2015 so an alternate meal arrangement can be made for you.
5. If you live outside of Winnipeg (and more than 100 kms from the venue) and wish to take part in a webinar of the AGM, please notify COTM via email at of your intent to access the webinar by October 16, 2015.
6.There will be a sign up sheet at the registration table for Reserved Act Focus Groups.
7. If you are unable to attend the AGM, please complete the proxy appointment forms included in your meeting package and forward to the COTM Office by the end of day October 26, 2015, alternatively send all forms with your proxy to the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on October 27. 

Ready for PREP#3?

Oct 13 2015

PREP#3 is in development and on schedule for distribution on November 1. As soon as it is ready, a link will be emailed to all members.

You may recall that in the CCP update included with your registration renewal package, we announced that in response to member feedback the deadline for the PREP quiz would be moved up to January 31 instead of December 31.

Two other changes are coming: COTM has begun refering to the PREPs by year instead of number so the third PREP is called PREP2015. Also new this year, the answers to the PREP quiz will be distributed at the same time that the Resource Document and link to the online quiz are distributed.


2015 AGM Meeting packages are in the mail!

Sep 24 2015

2015 Annual General Meeting packages have been mailed to members.

CCP Paper Audits

Sep 17 2015

During the first week of September, 68 COTM members were notified that they have been selected to participate in the first round of CCP Paper Audits. Members were notified by email and by Canada Post. The Paper Audits consists of an objective review of completed CCP tools and forms that members were instructed to keep in their personal CCP records for a mimimum of 7 years. The review will focus on completeness only and not on quality. Paper Audit submissions must be received by the COTM office by October 31, 2015. For more details check the blog post on this subject.

Annual Renewal Time

Apr 01 2015

Once again it is Annual Renewal time. The registration renewal packages are in the regular mail - however, you can view the package contents here:

2015 - 2016 Registration Renewal Package

As you know, occupational therapists must renew their registration with COTM every year. Registration renewal must be completed by May 31 to avoid penalties or cancellation of your registration. All categories of registration are required to renew registration on an annual basis.

Problems with Email (“Member Notice - 2015 Fees” sent March 10, 2015)

Mar 19 2015

It has been brought to our attention that a number of COTM members may not have received an email entitled "Member Notice - 2015 Fees" which was originally sent to all members March 10, 2015. As a precaution, we are resending the original message. 

Problems reported by a member, who is an MTS customer, have lead us to believe that other MTS customers may not have received this message. Email providers change their filters frequently and without notice. We are looking into this to see if we can correct it but in the meantime, members can avoid having important COTM email redirected into spam or junk folders by putting these email addesses into your contacts list or identifying them as preferred or trusted senders.

MB Ombudsman responds re: Client access requests

Mar 12 2015

In response to a number of questions COTM has been receiving from occupational therapists, the Manitoba Ombudsman worked with MPI to clarify a correct approach to client access requests. Please see their response letter here under Quick Links.

“Keeping Connected” Blog

Mar 11 2015

The COTM Blog is off and running with Sharon Eadie's introductory "Keeping Connected" blog.

The COTM Blog is a multi-author blog with posts written by COTM staff or guest authors to discuss and inform Manitoba OT's about current regulatory matters, such as the Continuing Competence Program (CCP).

The blog is a dynamic, interactive place on the COTM website where OTs are able to comment on posts.  If you subscribe via our RSS feed, you will receive notices when a new blog or changes are made. Typically, updates in other areas of the website will be referred to in the blog, so the RSS feed will also give you a heads up for other COTM web content changes.

We look forward to your comments! Join in the COTM blog


Save the date for the AGM

Feb 09 2015

COTM is pleased to announce that we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the Centro Caboto Centre.

Details to follow.

Please add to your calendars as we'd love to see everyone attend!

Problem with Yahoo mail

Jan 18 2015

Several members may not have received the PREP#2 Answer message that was sent to them because Yahoo mail filters have bounced the message. Email providers change their filters frequently and without notice. We are looking into this to see if we can correct it but in the meantime, members can avoid having important COTM or COTM CCP email redirected into spam or junk folders by putting these email addesses into your address book or identifying them as preferred or trusted senders.


PREP#2 Answers emailed

Jan 16 2015

The deadline is past for COTM members who were registered as of November 30th and intend to renew their registration in May. The Answers and Rationale were emailed to members who have received acknowledgement of completion of the PREP requirement for this year.

The results were similar to the first PREP:

• Over 600 OTs did the PREP quiz
• The average correct score was 7.3/10
• The range of scores was 2 -10
• 74 people scored 10/10

The last bullet (10/10) is especially interesting as it represents a 23% increase in people getting a perfect score on the quiz. Way to go!

The next step is to compare your responses to the ones in the answer key and identify any learning goals make sure you have filed all of your CCP papers in a safe spot.

Please email if you have any questions or concerns.



“The Current” with Anna Maria Tremonti airing program on Apology, Dec. 16, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Dec 11 2014

The popular CBC Radio program, "The Current" with Anna Maria Tremonti, is airing a program on apology, scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 9:00 am.



Important Notice for Internationally-Educated Applicants

Dec 09 2014

As of May 1, 2015, occupational therapists who have completed their OT education outside of Canada – including Canadians who travelled outside Canada for their OT education – and who want to register for practice anywhere in Canada (except Quebec), must first apply to the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO) to complete a new assessment process called the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS). Once deemed Substantially Equivalent by ACOTRO, applicants may apply to the provincial regulator of their choice to continue the registration qualification process. 

What is SEAS?

SEAS is a new assessment process to determine the extent to which an internationally-educated occupational therapist's (IEOT’s) educational qualifications and competencies are substantially equivalent to those of a Canadian-educated occupational therapist.  SEAS is a multi-stage assessment approach that:
• examines the education that IEOTs originally completed
• allows IEOTs to demonstrate what they know and can do, and
• ensures IEOTs are familiar with the Canadian legislation, ethics and standards of practice as they relate to occupational therapy practice in Canada.

SEAS has four main components:
• Review of the Academic Credential Assessment (ACA)
• Profession-Specific Credential Assessment (PSCA)
• Jurisprudence Knowledge Assessment Test (JKAT)
• Competency Assessment

As part of SEAS, all internationally-educated occupational therapists will also be required to demonstrate a minimum level of language proficiency, based on a standard upon which all ACOTRO members have agreed.  The cost of SEAS will be $3,100 per applicant.

For more information about the new assessment process and its associated requirements and fees, please visit ACOTRO at: and

Please note: Internationally-educated occupational therapists who have applied for registration with COTM prior to May 1, 2015, and whose applications are currently being processed by COTM, will have one year within which to complete their registration process under the current system, and will not be required to be assessed through SEAS.  Any current applicants who do not complete their registration within the one-year period must apply to ACOTRO to complete the new assessment process. 

For more information on the SEAS process, please visit:

PREP 2014 deadline is Dec.31

Dec 04 2014

We are into the last month for members to complete the online PREP quiz.

All members except those on the Temporary Register or those registered to practice more than half time in another province are required to complete the quiz in order to be eligible to renew registration in 2015.

All COTM members were sent an emailed reminder earlier this week with another copy of the link to the online quiz.

Members who declared their online quiz requirement complete in October and November have been sent an acknowledgment to file with their CCP materials.

Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.

Holiday Office Hours

Dec 02 2014

Our holiday office hours will be as follows:


Closed December 22 - 28, 2014

Open December 29 & 30, 2014

Closed December 31, 2014 & January 1, 2015

Open January 2, 2015 


Regular office hours resume January 5, 2015.

Wishing all a safe and wonderful holiday season!

The Apology Act

Nov 12 2014

On October 27, 2014, the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS) and the Manitoba Alliance of Health Regulatory Colleges (the Alliance) launched an information sheet to create more awareness of Manitoba’s Apology Legislation and promote apology as the right and humane thing to do when the actions of caregivers bring unintended harm to patients and families.
Based upon its 10 years of patient-safety related experience, The Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety knows that patients and families need the truth when harm happens as a result of their healthcare experience.
“Saying sorry shows humanity, not guilt. We believe the spirit of Manitoba’s Apology Act is to give practitioners confidence to do the right thing and apologize,” said Laurie Thompson, executive director of the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety. “To have the Alliance health regulatory bodies agree on common language about the importance of apology is of enormous significance to building transparency and trust between health professionals and patients. Regulatory colleges are standing behind their members who feel the need to apologize when things don’t go as planned.”
At the same time, health professionals can feel enormous guilt, shame, remorse, depression and devastation for being the unwitting instrument that has seriously harmed another. MIPS and the Alliance believe that most health professionals want to do the right thing but they, and the systems they work in, fear that apologizing to patients and families will void their malpractice or liability insurance, trigger legal action, or could be seen as an admission of guilt in court.
“In coming together to form the Alliance we began discussing various common issues and concerns facing our members,” said Adam Chrobak, the Chair of the Manitoba Alliance of Health Regulatory Colleges. “We realized how little awareness there was of Manitoba’s Apology Act among the regulatory bodies and our members. We are very proud that we are now taking a united stance on encouraging more open dialogue with patients by supporting our members to do the right thing and apologize if our actions have unintentionally harmed a patient and family.”

The Apology Act Information Sheet released by MIPS and the Alliance contains information on:
- Why an apology is important for family and patients
- Why an apology can be healing for the health professionals involved
- Suggestions on how to apologize
- What is covered by Manitoba’s Apology Act
- A reminder that an apology is not an admission of guilt in the eyes of Manitoba’s provincial courts

Click here to read The Apology Act

“Patients and their families rightly expect to be told when something has happened that has harmed them or had the potential to harm them,” said Marg MacDonald, the chairperson of the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety’s Patient Advisory Committee. “From personal experience, I know that informing patients and families fully and with honesty is vitally important and the right thing to do.”
The Apology Act Information Sheet will be prominently displayed in all of the regulatory body offices, shared with all their 25,000 members, and distributed throughout Manitoba’s health system. Practitioners needing help apologizing are encouraged to check the policies of the organization they work for and to be in touch with their respective regulatory body for advice and guidance.


Office Closed Friday, November 21, 2014

Nov 12 2014

Please be advised our office will be closed Friday, November 21, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Regular office hours will resume Monday, November 24, 2014. 

CCP Forms now in Word

Nov 04 2014

In response to member requests for forms with expanding text boxes, 3 Word forms are now available on the Current Forms and Requirments page at

PREP#2 is now ready

Oct 06 2014

The new PREP module, based on the topic of Consent in OT Practice, was distributed today to all COTM members. The Resource Package addresses legislative, ethical and regulatory information that guides and directs occupational therapists regarding obtaining consent for occupational therapy services.

All COTM members have been sent an email with links to the Resource Package and to the Online Quiz. The Resource Package can be downloaded from the CCP page

Using feedback obtained from the first PREP, the CCP Committee retained the look of last year's PREP module while following up on suggestions to improve it. There are still 10 Practice Scenarios and 10 quiz questions with the online quiz due on December 31, 2014. Also like last year, an individualized email acknowledgement will follow declaration of the completed online quiz.

What's new this year:

  1.     Quiz Score: COTM members who complete the 10 online quiz questions will be able to see their score and print it out with their answers.
  2.     Automatic redirect to declaration page: The declaration remains separate from the quiz answers to protect member privacy. This year, you will be automatically sent to the new page after you submit your quiz responses and you will not need to click on or copy and paste the new URL.

  3.     Required for all COTM members including non-practicing and newly graduated.

Please remember that the PREP Declaration page will open up after you click "Submit" on your quiz and you must fill out the declaration form before your PREP requirement is complete.

2014 AGM Update

Sep 25 2014

2014 AGM Update

The 2014 COTM Annual General Meeting (AGM) information packages have been mailed to all COTM members (click here to view online). This year's meeting will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the Mauro Hall at the Centro Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Avenue, (Winnipeg, MB). Please click here for map.  The Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists, (MSOT) will be joining COTM and holding their AGM at this venue as well.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. The COTM AGM will run from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. and the MSOT AGM from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. A light buffet supper is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.

If you are unable to attend this year's AGM, we encourage you to complete the Proxy Appointment Form enclosed in the package or available by clicking here: PROXY

We hope to see you at the AGM!

Plan to attend the COTM 2014 Annual General Meeting

Sep 16 2014

Once again, COTM and MSOT will hold their Annual General Meetings in conjunction. 

When:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Where:  Centro Caboto Centre, (in the Mauro Hall), 1055 Wilkes Ave., Winnipeg,MB R3P 2L7.  Map
Time:  Registration begins at 4:30 pm

If you are unable to attend this year's AGM, we encourage you to complete the Proxy Appointment Form (enclosed in the package) or available by clicking here: PROXY.

Holiday Office Hours

Jul 22 2014

Please note the following office closure:

Our office will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 for the Labour Day holiday. We will re-open with regular office hours on Tuesday, September 2nd.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Identification of and Intervention in Post-Partum Depression

Apr 14 2014

As members will be aware, a case last summer of serious post-partum depression resulted in a tragic outcome in the death of a mother and 2 children.  Just before Christmas, the Chief Medical Examiner referred this matter to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM) and directed that CPSM further educate members on this potentially fatal illness.
In discussion with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the Mood Disorders Association, The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba, the CPSM prepared the following notice:
It is important that all physicians be aware of the insidious nature of post-partum depression.  The following url’s present various materials that attending physicians may provide to their patients.  It is very important that all physicians be aware of the potentially tragic results that can occur when a mother who has serious post-partum depression slips through the cracks or intervention is not started early enough.  Post-partum depression may become a serious life threatening illness.

The MB Alliance of Health Regulatory Colleges (MAHRC) confirmed its interest in having all MB health professionals receive this information. To this end COTM Is promoting the distribution of this information to MB occupational therapists.

Please read the following material and consider it carefully:

1. To create awareness amongst health care professionals about post-partum mental health.
2. To stress the importance of early recognition of symptoms of post-partum depression, anxiety and psychosis.
3. To support health care professionals in finding the tools and resources needed to best serve their patients.


Key Messages:
1. Attention to perinatal and post-partum mental health is crucial to the well-being of both mother and child.
2. Awareness and early recognition is essential because postpartum mental health issues can be silent. Helpful treatment options include counselling, medication and support.
3. Health care professionals must work together to provide comprehensive care to women and children during the perinatal and post-partum periods.
4. You can find resources to support your practice in the following places:
• WRHA Perinatal Quick Reference Guide for Health Care Providers:
• Mental Health Resource Guide for Winnipeg
• Fact sheet for public education on postpartum depression
• Culture of Wellbeing: Guide to Mental Health Resources for First Nations, Metis and Inuit People of Winnipeg
• Women’s Health Clinic (204) 947-1517
5. Crisis resources are available in the following places:
• Crisis Services

COTM has provided this newsletter item to its members via email, posted it on its News section of the COTM website, and requested that it be published in the MSOT Update - the newsletter of the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists (MSOT).

CCP Webinar

Feb 28 2014

CCP webinar next Wednesday at noon (Mar 5).  Still openings.  Click on the link in the February CCP newsletter....sent Feb 10, to register.

Sample Clinical PDP now available

Jan 31 2014

Several OTs have requested more examples of clinical PDP goals based on practice reflection using the COTM CCP Self Assessment. A sample PDP, drawing on discussion with a number of OTs, has been developed and is available in the New Materials section of the CCP Current Forms and Requirements page.

OTs are advised to consider this an example only. Goals are highly personal and a good goal can only be judged by how well it helps you to personally achieve your desired professional development. It is generally not possible to rate a goal as good or poor outside of the context of a personalized plan.

Not getting COTM email?

Jan 30 2014

Everyone who completed the PREP should have received an email today with a link to the answers. If you did not get your message, here are some things to check:

  1. Have you changed your email address since you filled out your renewal form in June? If you didn"t let us know, we are not using your correct email address. Contact the Registration Coordinator to inform her of the change (
  2. Have you checked your junk mail lately? COTM uses a bulk emailer. Some email providers filter out mail sent to a lot of people. If you find COTM email in your Junk or Spam folder, contact your provider to find out how you can "Whitelist" COTM so your email comes directly to your inbox.
  3. Call us. We are depending more and more on email and want to make sure you do not miss out on important COTM communications.

2012 OT database CIHI Report now available

Jan 30 2014

The 2012 OT database CIHI Report is now available and can be viewed here:

The Health Human Resources and Workforce Trends publications are produced by Health Human Resources at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and can be used to support research and planning into the occupational therapy workforce.The reports include analysis by various demographic and practice characteristics, such as age and sex, basic and post-basic occupational education, year and province of graduation, post-basic education in other than occupational therapy, employment status, full-time/part-time status, employment category, type of employer, primary area of practice, funding source, usual weekly hours and position of employment.

COTM is an active participant in the development of these reports.


CCP Early bird survey and draw closing soon

Jan 29 2014

Have you finished all 3 CCP tasks (PREP, Self-assessment and PDP)? Answer 9 short questions to give feedback about your experience and be entered to win a MSOT membership.

Almost done? Take some time to finish before the deadline and use this as incentive to finish early.

Here is the link to enter:

Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) Proclaimed

Jan 20 2014

Over the past five years COTM has been providing you with information regarding the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).  This legislation will eventually be the governing legislation for the profession of occupational therapy in Manitoba, replacing The Occupational Therapists Act.

The RHPA was proclaimed as of January 1st, 2014 with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Manitoba the first health professions and regulator to come under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).

The RHPA, as proclaimed by the Government of Manitoba, will eventually replace the current acts of 22 regulated health professions in Manitoba. Each profession will also have its own profession-specific regulations under the RHPA. This legislation ensures all health professions in Manitoba are governed by consistent, uniform legislation and regulations with a focus on patient safety.

The recent Government of Manitoba News Release
from the Minister of Health mentioned the many benefits of ombudsman legislation governing all the health professions.  The Minister also mentions the next two professions most likely to go under the RHPA, that being the registered nurses, and physicians and surgeons.

With the proclamation of the RHPA for the professions of audiology and speech language pathologists, nothing changes for the profession of occupational therapy.  Changes to the SLP scope of practice description and the introduction of the reserved acts structure of regulation for this profession does not affect the OT scope of practice.

COTM has been preparing to go under the RHPA but has not yet applied to Manitoba Health to begin this process.  COTM is concentrating on making necessary changes to the current OT Regulation to enhance compliance with Agreement of Internal Trade labour mobility and reciprocity requirements, and to update outdated provisions.  COTM work related to the RHPA has been focused on a study of the reserved acts outlined in Part 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act and in redeveloping the Practice of Occupational Therapy statement. This statement appears in Part 2, Section 2 of The Occupational Therapists Act; a new statement will be essential to the RHPA Practice of Occupational Therapy regulation.  Eventual approval of this regulation will move the OT profession from under The Occupational Therapists Act to the RHPA and continue COTM as the regulatory authority for the profession.  Other RHPA related work carried out by COTM in the past five years has included participation in the consultation processes conducted by MB Health and the respective professions regarding legislative and regulatory developments.

Visit the Manitoba Laws website to see the RHPA in its entirety at
To view the Regulation that creates the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM) and outlines the reserved acts assigned to these two professions go to:
To view the General Regulation for the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM) visit:

Webinar for OTs outside of Winnipeg - 2 this Thursday

Jan 12 2014

This webinar is intended to give an overview of the Manitoba Continuing Competence program.
The format is informal and the presenter will respond to questions and comments from participants to determine what material to present. If you have any ideas of what you want to know more about, please email any questions to before the webinar, if possible. A headset with microphone is the best option to get the most benefit from participation.

Contact if you want to attend one of these sessions.

PDP Workshop Tuesday at 5pm, 120 Maryland

Jan 12 2014

Still space available. Register to attend at

The Objectives and format are:
1. Discuss writing SMART goals (Brief slide presentation and discussion)
2. Brainstorm strategies and sources of evidence to demonstrate achievement of CCP goals (Whole group brainstorm discussion)
3. “Workshop” goals of participants to give individualized feedback – dyad discussion groups and individual (work in pairs and receive individualized attention from instructors

PREP survey for active practice OTs now closed

Jan 02 2014

The online PREP survey for OTs on the Active Practice register is now closed and results are being compiled.

Those who completed during the last half of December will receive a confirmation email shortly.

Registered OTs who did not complete before the December deadline, including those on the non-practising list, will receive a special email advising them as to how to proceed. All OTs who will be returning to work before the registration renewal deadline must complete the current PREP in order to renew their registration for 2014.

1 week until PREP deadline

Dec 24 2013

With 1 week left to the deadline, about 25% of OTs on the Active Practice register have yet to declare they have done their online quiz.

Many people will be away from work for the next few days, but if you know someone who may need a reminder please let them know there is not much time left.

After December 31 the online form will be shut down temporarily so we can compile all the scores and get them and the correct answers ready to send out to those OTs who did the quiz. The form will be back online early in January for those people on the Non-practising register who are returning to work and did not do the PREP when on leave.

All members who completed a PREP declaration before December 15th should have received a confirmation by email. Those completing in the last half of December will receive it in early January.

If you completed the PREP quiz and declaration before December 15th and did not receive a confirmation, please contact us at so we can check into for you.

January webinar for OTs outside of Winnipeg

Dec 20 2013

OTs working in a region outside Winnipeg can register for one of 2 webinars being held on January 16th (noon and 5:30pm). Links were sent by email today.

Evaluations by participants of the first webinar were positive and participants especially like the interaction and informal disussion. One thing we learned is that to get the full benefit, participants must have a microphone so they can ask questions and comment rather than typing them in.

As the first webinars, the January 16th webinars will be a general overview of the CCP. More focused webinars, perhaps like the PDP workshops being held in Winnipeg, are under consideration. OTs can share their comments by emailing or by commenting on the Twitter and Facebook feeds. We are looking forward to having more members join us on social media so that we can communicate more spontaneously with you.

PREP completion at 50%

Dec 12 2013

About half of those OTs on the Active Practice register have gone online to complete the PREP and click on the link to say they have done so. Responses are confidential, the link to declare is not connected to the page where answers are submitted.

Active registrants are required to complete this CCP activity before December 31 so that all answers can be scored and aggregated results distributed. Non-practising OTs may participate voluntarily if they wish to do so.

In January 2014, correct answers, along with rationale and scores for each question, will be distributed to all COTM members so that members can identify future learning goals and get information that compares them to peers in this first PREP quiz.

The online quiz and CCP helpline will remain open during the office holiday closure service will be limited over the holiday period.

Holiday Office Hours

Nov 28 2013

Please be advised our office will be closed December 23, 2013 through January 1, 2014. We will be open January 2, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then closed again until January 6, 2014 - at which time regular office hours will resume.  Wishing one and all a very happy holiday season!

Two more PDP workshops offered

Nov 27 2013

Feedback from the Nov. 12 workshop has been very positive. Attendees rated the liklihood that they would recommend the workshop to others at over 90%. Some of the comments include:

Great Examples - feels more manageable

Fantastic! Totally worth my time!

I think I understood the big picture better after being at the session... now have to work on the details.

This workshop was extemely helpful with getting me going on the whole process. I will admit I probably wasn't really ready to actually work on my PDP...but now I know what that is and what I need to do about it. For me getting together with a group of like-minded OTs with some good direction was just what I needed. Thank you!

Two more workshops are scheduled. Click on the date to register now to attend on Dec. 12 or Jan. 14.

2013 AGM Update

Oct 10 2013

The 2013 COTM Annual General Meeting (AGM) packages have been mailed to all COTM members. This year's meeting will be held in the Life and Learning Centre at Deer Lodge Centre, 2109 Portage Avenue (Winnipeg, MB). The Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists, (MSOT) will be joining COTM and holding their AGM at this venue as well.

The national association, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, (CAOT) will provide attendees with an update of CAOT activities and a presentation of CAOT Citation Awards. Please refer to the detailed event Agenda which can be viewed at

Registration begins at 4:30 pm. The COTM AGM will run from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and the MSOT AGM from 7:15 to 8:15 pm. A light supper is scheduled for 6:30 pm.

If you are unable to attend this year's AGM, we encourage you to complete the Proxy Appointment Form enclosed in the package or available by clicking here.

Our office will be closed Friday, November 1, 2013

Oct 10 2013

Please note office closure. The office will re-open Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Please also be aware that our office will be closed Monday, November 11, 2013 for Remembrance Day.

CCP Fall workshops

Oct 01 2013

Please take a minute to answer this poll and help direct the Continuing Competence Committee's fall workshop planning. We are expecting to hold workshops in the early evening (5-6:30pm) at the 120 Maryland address that can best address members' needs related to CCP knowledge and skills.


Updated CCP forms now online

Aug 27 2013

Updated CCP forms are now available in the CCP area of the website (click here). If you have already completed the forms marked "Draft" they still qualify for meeting the 2014 registration requirements since changes are minimal.

There are some important updates to the PREP Beta module, however, they do not impact on the quiz so if you have completed the online scoresheet, that will not change.

It is recommended that OTs review the changes to the PREP Beta (located in the gold text boxes).

Save the date Oct. 29, 2013 for the 2013 AGM

Jul 17 2013

Please join us for the COTM & MSOT 2013 Annual General Meetings

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Location: Life & Learning Centre, 2nd Floor, Deer Lodge Centre, 2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg MB

Time: COTM and MSOT Registration begins at 5:00 p.m.

Click here for Venue Map and Directions (

Please email if you have any questions.  Look forward to seeing you at the event!

New link to current CCP forms

May 09 2013

In response to requests, a new link has been created to provide quicker access to Continuing Competence Program (CCP) current requirements and forms. Go to to find the current forms and information about the requirements.

The Quality Practice area of the website provides information about the development and organization of the new CCP in the Continuing Competence Program page. This page also provides links to background information, results of the survey done last year and a link to the FAQ page where questions from the introductory seminars are answered in the Quick Links area in the right hand column of the page.

The current COTM Poll also concerns the CCP. Please respond to register your vote for the support you would find most helpful.


COTM acknowledges the many volunteer contributions made by Manitoba OTs

Apr 24 2013

The College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba acknowledges the many volunteer contributions made by Manitoba Occupational Therapists on behalf of COTM and their own personal and professional communities.

COTM recognizes the important role these individuals play within our organization and the province.We applaud each and every one of you who give freely of your valuable time and energy. 

2013 Council Meeting Dates

Jan 21 2013

COTM Council meetings are open to the public. Here's the 2013 Council meeting dates:

February 26, 2013

April 23, 2013

June 18, 2013

August 27, 2013

October 15, 2013

December 3, 2013

New COTM Practice Guideline

Sep 24 2012

COTM develops practice guidelines to provide guidance to Manitoba occupational therapists regarding recommended and essential components of practice in key areas. A new practice guideline has just been approved by the COTM Council following an extensive period of development, consultation and review by the COTM Practice Issues Committee.

Assessment is key to occupational therapy service and as such, all occupational therapists with a client-focus to their practice need to attend to the indicators.

This guideline presents new information as well as incorporates directives that were included in the COTM Guideline on Consultation to a Third Party.  With the introduction of the Occupational Therapy Assessment Practice Guideline, the Guideline on Consultation to a Third Party is retired.

This new guideline can be found in the Resources section of this website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact .  COTM is eager to know of your experience as you utilize the guideline.


ACOTRO Launches Website

Sep 24 2012

From press release of September 21, 2012

Victoria, BC - The Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations launches its website this Tuesday - -  demystifying the registration process for occupational therapists in Canada.

"This website is for anyone wanting to register and work as an occupational therapist in Canada," Kathy Corbett, ACTRO's president stated. The site is full of information on how to get registered, the various stages and players in the assessment process, and the documents required, she added.

Established in 1989, ACTRO is a national organization whose goal is to promote consistency and excellence within the occupational therapy regulatory environment across Canada. Its membership is comprised of the ten provincial regulators who are mandated to protect the public by regulating the practice of occupational therapy in Canada. 

ACTRO's bilingual website explains how registration works in Canada, responds to frequently-asked questions, and directs interested applicants to the right resources and sites in order to get registered.

For more information, please contact Kathy Corbett, President, ACOTRO and Registrar of the College of Occupational Therapists of BC at


2012 Annual General Meeting packages sent to members

Sep 24 2012

The 2012 COTM Annual General Meeting (AGM) packages have been sent to all COTM members this past week. Please watch for your package in the mail.This year's meeting will be held at historic Fort Gibraltar, a meeting place that dates back 200 years. The Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists, (MSOT) will be joining COTM and holding their AGM at this venue.

The national association, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, (CAOT) will kick-off the COTM and MSOT Annual General Meetings beginning at 3:30 pm with an update of CAOT activities and a presentation of CAOT bylaw revisions. Please refer to the detailed event Agenda which can be viewed at the following link:

Registration begins at 4:30 pm. The COTM AGM will run from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and the MSOT AGM from 7:15 to 8:15 pm. A light supper is scheduled for 6:30 pm. 

If you are unable to attend this year's AGM, we encourage you to complete the Proxy Appointment Form enclosed in the package or available at the following link:


Welcome Sandra!

Jul 26 2012

We are pleased to announce that Sandra Nowicki has joined our office as Operations and Special Projects Facilitator. In this capacity, Sandra is responsible for research and report preparation for special projects, policy preparation, management of complaint files and liason for parties involved in the complaints process. She is also responsible for corporate communications. 

You may contact Sandra at or at 204-957-1214 Ext.21.

OT Research Symposium

Jul 19 2012

Mark your calendars! The OT Research Symposium is set for October 31, 2012 at Deer Lodge Centre, 9 am to 3:30 pm. Stay tuned for more information.

On-line registration - What’s your opinion?

Jul 05 2012

Thank you to all COTM members who took the time to complete the comments section on the 2012 Registration form. All data received has been tabulated. The most popular suggestion: for COTM to consider an on-line registration renewal program.  

As we all know, on-line registration is becoming more commonplace as we move towards a more paperless society. Registering on-line has many benefits - convenience, ease of use, efficiency, and accessibility, to name a few. However, as with any new technology, there is a cost involved. Council is currently exploring what it would take to achieve on-line registration without a fee increase. In the instance where no other options are found other than an increase in fees, we would like to know what additional fee COTM members, if called upon, would be prepared to pay to acquire the ability of online registration renewal. Please take a moment to complete the Poll and let us know your opinion.

Rest assured - there is no plan to raise fees at the present time. We will continue to study how we can achieve this without increasing fees.

We are always interested in streamlining our operations and learning how we can improve. Please continue to share your suggestions with us at

Summer Office Hours

Jun 27 2012

Please note our office will be closed July 27, August 3 & August 6, 2012. Sorry for any inconvenience.


Jun 26 2012

This year we are pleased to announce we are meeting at Fort Gibraltar. A gathering place since 1809, we are looking forward to doing business in this beautiful setting. Look for your AGM package in the mail in September and remember to SAVE THE DATE!

CCP Coming to Brandon next Week

May 31 2012

COTM representatives will be in Brandon next week, holding the first combined workshop/focus group to test the new CCP tools.

The event will take place on June 5 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Main Floor link conference room at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The tools being tested are for clincial  OTs but all OTs are welcome. We will also be sharing tips for SMART goals and will offer individual assistance to participants with completing the PDP.

By the way, the formal tool review exercise is over now but we are always interested in your opinions and suggestions for improvement. If you are interested in participating, you can find the tools and materials by clicking here.

Contact us at if you have any questions or would like more information.



CCP Intro is coming to Eastman

May 10 2012

The CCP Intro seminar is coming to Eastman and all North and South Eastman OTs are welcome to attend. The seminar is being hosted by the South Eastman OT Pediatric group in Lorette on June 12. Please contact for more details.

CCP roll out enters another stage: Trialing and Education

Apr 11 2012

Over 300 OTs have attended Introductory seminars to learn about the plans for the CCP.

COTM is moving to the next stage: Trialing and Education.

The first activity is a call for reviewers to formally try out two of the draft tools.

Click here to find out more about how you can be involved in the review and try out the draft CCP tools.

Wpg CCP Intro Seminar in April

Feb 17 2012

We have received several requests from people who could not attend the February date.

Another seminar will be held on Wed., April 4 at the COTM offices at 120 Maryland if there is sufficient interest. Click here to register your interest in attending this event.


HSC OT Rounds: “An introduction to the CCP”

Jan 24 2012

HSC OT Rounds  on February 21  (3-4pm), will feature a presentation by COTM CCP representatives titled "An Introduction to the CCP".

Telehealth users are invited to connect via the usual method.

For other news and information about CCP Introductory Seminars go to the CCP Intro Seminar Page at or click here.


Another Winnipeg CCP Introductory Seminar

Jan 20 2012

COTM is offering another CCP general introductory session in Winnipeg. The session will be held at the Caboto Centre, from 5:30-7:30 on Monday, Feb. 13th.

Seating is limited, Please register to attend by clicking here.

Light refreshments and gift for attendance will be available for all registered participants.

See you there!


Congratulations Jane!

Dec 16 2011

The CCP Baseline Survey prize draw was made at the Council meeting on December 13th. Jane McSwiggan was the lucky winner. Congratulations Jane! Will you be using your new iPad to do the CCP?

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the survey. We are working on the results and will make them available to you as soon as possible.

Date set for Interlake CCP Seminar & Survey extended

Dec 02 2011

A date has been set for an Introductory CCP Seminar at Stonewall Hospital: December 12, 4-6 pm in the Multipurpose rooms. Please let us know if you plan to attend by contacting:

A brief extension has been given for the CCP survey to accomodate people who have limited access to email/internet. The survey will be open until 4pm today (Friday, December 2, 2011).

More responses needed!

Nov 18 2011

December 1 is the last day to answer the CCP Baseline survey and enter the draw to win a tablet computer that you can use for doing the CCP.

Responses to date have proved the value of this tool for setting a baseline of continuing competence opinions and behaviours that can be used to evaluate the effects of the CCP.

The results can also be used by OTs to compare themselves to others with similar practice patterns and then set evidence-based goals for professional development and continuing competence.

A higher response rate means valid results that we can use with confidence to evaluate the program and lower its cost by focusing on what really matters to you.

Help get the word out! Encourage OTs who have not completed it yet to spend less than 10 minutes on this brief but very important survey at

Follow us on Twitter for breaking CCP news!



Next Winnipeg CCP Intro Seminar postponed to January

Nov 16 2011

Very few people responded to the poll to pick a date for another CCP Intro Seminar before the winter holiday period. Another seminar will be held in January to accomodate people who want to get an overview of the new program. Watch the News here or check us out on Twitter (@cotm_ccp).

Help pick a date for the next Winnipeg CCP Intro Seminar

Oct 28 2011

Based on the response to the October seminars, COTM will offer an additional seminar in November or December for Winnipeg OTs who could not attend a seminar in October.

OTs who attended the sessions in October felt they were worthwhile and offered the following as reasons to attend one:

  1. Calm your nerves
  2. Get your questions answered
  3. Get the jump on starting up
  4. Be inspired
  5. Connect with other OTs
  6. Chat directly with members of the development team
  7. Air your worst case scenario fear
  8. Share your ideas for improvements
  9. Get a break from the kids
  10. Gift for attendance

To keep costs down, a single date is preferable if possible, so we are asking your help in selecting a date that suits the largest number of people. Go to to rank order 5 choices. Please respond before November 10 when the next seminar date or dates will be announced.

You can also help us plan by suggesting a location where you would like to have the seminar take place and we will do our best to accommodate the majority. If you cannot attend any of these dates either, please indicate a better time/date for you in the future.

Contact with comments or questions.

Occupational Therapists in Canada, 2010

Oct 27 2011

Release of Health Human Resources Report

This report provides the most recent statistics on the occupational therapist workforce, including demographic, geographic, education and employment data. It examines the changing supply and distribution of occupational therapists in Canada.

CCP Baseline Survey underway

Oct 14 2011

COTM is conducting a brief survey to understand more about the picture of Continuing Competence for Manitoba OTs.  All Manitoba OTs are invited to take the short survey and enter a draw for a tablet computer.

The results of this survey will help COTM to understand the current baseline level of knowledge and participation that OTs have in continuing competence activities and where the new CCP should focus in order to best support them in meeting the CCP requirements.

Individual identities of persons completing the survey are not available to COTM. Results will be compiled and reported in combined form only.

In the future, similar surveys will be conducted to see whether the program is having the impacts intended. Results will be compared to the responses to this baseline survey and used to evaluate the CCP.

Preliminary results show great potential to help shape and direct the new CCP to fit what Manitoba OTs need and want. The average time to complete the short survey is less than 10 minutes.

To get the best and most complete picture possible, all registered Manitoba OTs are encouraged to complete the survey. Instructions for entering the draw are provided when the survey is submitted. Draw entries are completely separate from the survey itself. It is not possible for COTM to link the identities of persons entering the draw with completed survey responses.

The survey will be open until Dec.1, 2011. To take the survey please click here: 2011 CCP Survey.

Please contact for questions or comments about the CCP Survey.

CCP Introductory Seminars to start this October in Winnipeg

Sep 27 2011

COTM will hold three seminars in Winnipeg this October to begin introducing the Continuing Competence Program (CCP). Additional seminars to take place outside of Winnipeg are being planned and will be announced here when the arrangements have been finalized however, rural-based OTs are welcome to attend sessions in Winnipeg if it is convenient for them. COTM hopes to meet face to face with as many Manitoba OTs as possible to discuss the plans for the new program.

Attendance is limited for each Winnipeg seminar and advance registration is required. Light refreshments and gifts for attending will be provided.

3 times and locations are available:

  • Saturday, October 15, 10-12:00 at Centro Caboto Centre (1055 Wilkes Ave)
  • Monday, October 17, 5:30-7:30pm at Rossmere Country Club (925 Watt Street)
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2-4pm at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg South (1330 Pembina Hwy)

Participants will hear about the values that underpin the CCP, how it was developed, and how the new expectations will affect them. All participation in the CCP will be voluntary for the first year (2012). Additional presentations and learning opportunities will become available as the program unfolds.

COTM members are invited to contribute suggestions to improve the CCP and ideas for resources to facilitate participation at one of the scheduled seminars or by contacting us at Arrangements can also be made if you would like to host a seminar at your place of employment.

To register to attend a session, follow this link.

To download a PDF poster with information about the seminars, click here.

ACOTRO Incorporation

Jul 28 2011

The Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO) is pleased to announce its incorporation as a not for profit organization under Part II of the Canada Corporation Act.

Originally established in 1989 and recently incorporated, ACOTRO is the national association of provincial occupational therapy regulatory bodies, whose mandates are the protection of the public. ACOTRO’s members regulate the practice of occupational therapy in their respective jurisdictions across Canada. Click here for the news release

ACOTRO secures $2 million from Federal Government

Dec 01 2010

The Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO) has secured over $2 million from the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition program. The generous funding will allow ACOTRO to continue its collaborative efforts and complete the final Phase of a Pan-Canadian initiative aimed at implementing a common assessment approach for the qualification recognition and competence based assessment of IEOTs. Download the full news release.