Next Steps for Complying with Public Health Order Requiring Recording of Registrants’ Vaccination Status

As stated earlier this week, a new Order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) – the Health Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Order – requires COTBC to record the COVID-19 vaccination status of all its registrants by March 31, 2022.

View COTBC’s update: Next Steps for Complying with Public Health Order Requiring Recording of Registrants’ Vaccination Status

Read COTBC’s FAQs on the new Order

Visit COTBC’s COVID-19 Resources

Update on PHO Order

On February 9, 2022, Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that she will issue a new public health order requiring regulated health professionals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by March 24, 2022.

We understand the new order is still being finalized by the PHO. More information will be provided once the order is released by the PHO and the College assesses any specific actions required by the College and registrants.

Board Welcomes New Elected Members

We welcome two new Board members, Tysen LeBlond and Philipp Santiago, whose terms began on February 1, 2022. They will join the other Board members including appointed public representatives Mary O’Callaghan, Gayle Nye and Ian Wanke, and elected registrants Debbie Ruggiero, Carin Plischke and Jeff Boniface.

A big thank you to the outgoing Board members Catherine Wu and Joy Parsons, elected registrants who completed their terms on January 31, 2022.

Catherine Wu served on the registration committee and then moved to participate on the inquiry committee. Joy participated on the governance panel, the registration committee and served as Chair of the Board for two years. We know board members balance many roles in their day-to-day lives and we appreciate their dedicated service to the College’s public protection work. We thank you and wish all the best to Catherine and Joy.

Learn more about our members’ backgrounds on our Board page.

Recording of COTBC 2021 Annual General Meeting Available

The College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia held their 2021 annual general meeting on Friday, November 5, via Zoom. You can watch or listen to the recorded virtual meeting including answers to questions the College received in advance of the event.

Questions answered in the virtual AGM:

    1. Is there anything new you can tell us about the Ministry of Health’s recommendations to reduce the number of colleges, where COTBC merges into a multi-profession college?
    2. Will COVID-19 vaccination be required to be registered as an occupational therapist in British Columbia? Should I choose to go off the register because of my vaccination choices, or if I am currently off the register, and want to return to practice, what will the requirements be?
    3. Is there a plan to update the Occupational Therapists Regulation so that occupational therapists can perform restricted activities, such as acupuncture?
    4. Can the College elaborate on the changes to the Quality Assurance Program that were described in the current Annual Report?

For your reference, please see the 2020-2021 Annual Report.

Quality Assurance Program Request for Proposals

COTBC’s Board recently approved changes to the Quality Assurance Program framework, as recommended by the Quality Assurance Committee.

COTBC has issued a request for proposals from those with subject matter expertise to assist the College in moving from the former Continuing Competence Exam to a two-step process of screening and evaluating competence. Please note, the deadline for submissions is December 17, 2021.

View the RFP: Quality Assurance Program (QAP) Development and Evaluation