Practice Standards & Guidelines

The Practice Standards & Guidelines are published by the College of Occupational Therapists of BC to help occupational therapists apply the Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada to BC practice.

The standards help OTs by:

  • Defining their responsibilities,
  • Describing minimal expectations for occupational therapy practice, and
  • Defining safe, ethical, competent practice.

As part of the College’s continued commitment to Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility, planning is underway to review the College’s existing and future standards and guidelines with this lens. If you have questions or comments about this process or the current practice standards, please contact the College’s practice team to discuss. We welcome the conversation.

From Guidelines to Standards

Recently, the College has moved towards publishing practice standards vs. guidelines. This move is to provide occupational therapists with more detailed and clear expectations to guide their daily practice. The development of new standards is led by the Patient Relations, Standards, and Ethics Committee, which is comprised of both occupational therapists and members of the public.

Practice standards address the challenges occupational therapists face frequently. They offer clear direction and/or identification of issues influencing decision-making. Reviewing the practice standards and comparing them to current policies and procedures can help to ensure safe, ethical and competent practice.

Current Practice Standards

Indigenous Cultural Safety, Humility, and Anti-Racism

The Practice Standards below have been updated to reflect the new Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada.

Infection Prevention and Control


Professional Boundaries

Preventing Sexual Misconduct

Conflict of Interest

Managing Client Information

Supervising Support Personnel Practice Guideline

Please note that this guideline is currently being updated to a Practice Standard. Your patience is appreciated.