Registrar’s February Monthly: Bill 36, Projects, New Position

From the desk of Carin Plischke, COTBC’s Registrar

In this news post, we share highlights of the College’s work, including the most recent updates on Bill 36, the Health Professions and Occupations Act (which has received Royal Assent) and recruitment efforts for the newly created position of Manager, Projects.

Bill 36 – Health Professions and Occupations Act

The BC Government has yet to release an implementation schedule or an in-force date for the Health Professions and Occupations Act. While BC health regulatory colleges, including COTBC, continue to operate under the Health Professions Act until there is an in-force date for the new legislation, a fair amount of prep work is being done offstage. We meet regularly with the Ministry of Health and our peers in other colleges. See FAQs About Professional Regulation and New HPOA.

We will continue communicating with registrants, the public, and other stakeholders as more information is confirmed about implementing the Health Professions and Occupations Act.

COTBC Initiatives

We’re off to an active start this year with several key projects underway or about to begin. They include the following:

  • National Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada
  • Indigenous Cultural, Safety and Anti-racism, including a survey to all registrants
  • Continuing Competency of Occupational Therapists in BC (pilot)
  • Online registration for all new applications
  • IT infrastructure
  • Amalgamation activities

New Staff Position

As the list of our initiatives shows, it is a busy time at the College. With that in mind, we are recruiting for the Manager, Projects (MP) position. This position is based in the Victoria, BC region, and there will be some consideration for a hybrid work schedule for the right person.

Reporting to the Registrar, this is a key role within the organization. This role implements and manages various large and small projects while guiding the COTBC team to strengthen its project management muscle.

The MP works closely with College team members, stakeholders, and contractors to build project implementation plans and charters, engage stakeholders, and implement, track and evaluate initiatives. This is an ideal role for a skilled mid-senior career professional with program management experience in sectors that require excellent staff and stakeholder relations.

If you are interested in this role, please contact

Look for monthly updates on our projects, the amalgamation and other College news on our website.