Health Professions and Occupations Act Receives Royal Assent, in Force Date not Known

Bill 36, the Health Professions and Occupations Act, has received Royal Assent and is now law in British Columbia.

After going through three readings and the Committee stage, the Health Professions and Occupations Act received Royal Assent November 24, 2022.

When the new legislation is in force, it will replace the Health Professions Act as the governing legislation for health regulatory colleges in BC.

The BC Government has not yet released an implementation schedule and in force date for the Health Professions and Occupations Act. BC health regulatory colleges, including COTBC will continue to operate under the Health Professions Act until the in force date for the new legislation.

COTBC will communicate with registrants, applicants, and other stakeholders as more information is confirmed about the Health Professions and Occupations Act.

More information

Patients the focus of new health legislation

Bill 36 Health Professions and Occupations Act (3rd reading, November 24, 2022) 

Register for COTBC 2022 Annual General Meeting

The College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia is pleased to inform registrants that the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held during cOnnecT Day.

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel
1180 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

For those that are unable to attend in-person, the cOnnecT Day events, including the AGM, will be offered virtually as well.

We are pleased to provide the COTBC 2021-2022 Annual Report and the Agenda for the AGM:

Following the AGM, the College will upload a video of the proceedings to the website.

    We are thrilled that cOnnecT Day is able to resume this year! Plan to join us for a day of learning, reflecting, and connecting. We are pleased to have Harmony Johnson, vice president of Indigenous Wellness & Reconciliation at Providence Health Care, as this year’s speaker on “Bringing Positive Changes into Practice”, reflecting on the In Plain Sight report and its calls to action to improve equity in health care. Joined by a panel of two occupational therapists, speakers discuss the importance of delivering anti-racist culturally safer care.  View this agenda to learn more about the event.

    To attend the AGM or cOnnecT day in person or to attend virtually register today.

     

     

     

     

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    Important Senior Leadership Changes at the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia

    Long-time Registrar & CEO Kathy Corbett will leave the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) at the end of December 2022 to pursue other opportunities. The Board wants to acknowledge Ms. Corbett’s extensive contribution to the College, the sector, and our province, and we wish her the best in her next chapter.

    The Board is delighted to announce that now former Board Chair, Carin Plischke, has been appointed as Interim Director of Transition and Chief Executive Officer. She will join the COTBC team starting Tuesday, October 11, 2022 and step into the role as CEO on January 1, 2023. The COTBC has a long history of ensuring that the public receives safe, ethical, and effective occupational therapy services. That will continue under the leadership of Ms. Plischke and the Board of Directors.

    As the title reflects, this key senior leadership role has been adjusted in anticipation of the upcoming amalgamation of health regulatory bodies, which is expected to change the model of health profession regulation in the province.

    Along with deep experience in senior leadership roles, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Lead, Special Projects at the Office of the Seniors Advocate for the Government of British Columbia, Ms. Plischke has more than six years as a Board Member at the COTBC. She brings exceptional organizational knowledge about the College, our registrants, and the sector as a whole. Along with being a Registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College and the former Board Chair, Ms. Plischke is an Accreditation Canada Surveyor, a Leading Practice Reviewer with the Health Standards Organization, and a Member and (former) Chair of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

    The Board is grateful that Ms. Corbett has agreed to stay on as Registrar and CEO until December 31, 2022, which provides an overlap with Ms. Plischke. Given the, as yet, undefined upcoming changes, this will provide a key opportunity for knowledge transfer and planning.

    In her new role, Ms. Plischke will lead a change management throughline as the amalgamation transition occurs, supporting the College and its registrants, while continuing to ensure that the public receives safe, ethical, and effective occupational therapy services.

    Career Opportunity with ACOTRO

    ACOTRO seeks an occupational therapist to join their Competency Assessor team. The Competency Assessors conduct interview-style competency assessments with internationally educated occupational therapists (IEOTs) and prepare necessary competency reports.

    Learn more about this role, necessary qualifications, required skills and about ACOTRO’s inclusive work environment.

    How to Register for cOnnecT Day

    cOnnecT Day takes place on November 5, 2022. Plan to join us for a day of learning, reflecting, and connecting. This year, speakers discuss the importance of delivering anti-racist culturally safe care.

    Highlights include:

    Harmony Johnson, vice president of Indigenous Wellness & Reconciliation at Providence Health Care, joins us to reflect on the In Plain Sight report and its calls to action to improve equity in health care. She will help us to consider the implications for OTs by building a practical understanding of what Indigenous specific racism is, how it has been woven into health care in BC, and what we can do to make changes in our practice.

    UBC–OSOT Professor and Department Head Sue Forwell will share an update on the exciting expansion of the occupational therapy program at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and their efforts on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

    View the agenda

    Register for cOnnecT Day

     

     

    Staffing Announcement: Deputy Registrar Leaving for New Opportunity

    Andrea Bowden is leaving the College executive team on July 23, 2022 to take on a new opportunity.

    Andrea joined the College in November 2014, seconded from Island Health Authority to develop the College’s practice advisory services. In August 2017, Andrea accepted a permanent position as the Director, Policy and Practice and moved onto the Deputy Registrar role in March 2019. In her various roles with the College, Andrea was dedicated to service excellence and was key to the successful development of our practice advisory services and transition to a new standards framework. Andrea also capably represented the College on several collaborative projects with our regulator colleagues and external partners.

    We will all miss Andrea’s warmth and energy, her attention to supporting a positive team culture and her contributions as a respected and caring member of the COTBC team.

    On behalf of the COTBC, we wish Andrea all the best!