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) 

Learn About the New Competencies

As of May 1, 2023, BC occupational therapists are expected to meet the new Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada (COTC). These will replace the Essential Competencies of Practice published in 2011. Like the previous competencies, these reflect a broad range of skills and abilities required of occupational therapists throughout their careers.

The new competencies must be applied and interpreted considering the requirements of the practice context and the client’s particular situation. Two COTBC initiatives will assist BC occupational therapists in understanding how to apply the COTC to their practice:

  1. A Learning Module – available to registrants in their QAP portals this coming November
  2. Doing Better Together Team – a group of BC OTs who are planning activities and resources designed to take a closer look at each of the six domains:
    1. Occupational Therapy Expertise
    2. Communication and Collaboration
    3. Culture, Equity and Justice
    4. Excellence in Practice
    5. Professional Responsibility
    6. Engagement with the Profession

Watch for more information in November.

Questions about the new competencies can be addressed to

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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    COTBC Welcomes New Deputy Registrar

    We are pleased to announce Megan Shields will join the College as our new deputy registrar. Megan will join the College team on October 31, 2022.

    Megan moved from rural Ontario to British Columbia to complete her Occupational Therapy Master’s degree in 2012. Since then, she has worked as an occupational therapist in the public and private sectors, primarily in the fields of mental health and return to work. Megan most recently held the roles of Occupational Therapist Clinical Advisor and Program Manager at WorkSafeBC.

    As a member of the executive leadership team, the Deputy Registrar works closely with the Registrar/CEO to ensure registration, quality assurance and practice programs are aligned with the strategic directions and mandate of the organization. The Deputy Registrar will also assume the role of overseeing the complaints program and assisting the public and registrants engaged in the complaints process.

    Outside of Megan’s role at the College, she anticipates exploring all that Vancouver Island has to offer with her husband and two daughters.

    We are excited to have her on board and look forward to registrants and our partners getting to know Megan. Welcome Megan.