New or changing legislation impacting the practice of occupational therapy is reported here. These can be immediate or pending. Pending changes allow occupational therapists to prepare and make any necessary changes specific to their practice context.

Changes to the Certificate of Incapability Process under Part 2.1 of the Adult Guardianship Act in force December 1, 2014

This new regulation permits registered occupational therapists to act as qualified health care providers for the purpose of conducting the functional component of a financial incapability assessment and to provide an opinion about the adult’s capability. The regulation requires that COTBC establish standards, limits or conditions that would apply to registrants who are acting in this capacity. more…

Amendments to the BC Motor Vehicle Act, Section 230, Report of medical condition or impairment. (pending)

Occupational therapists are now part of the current healthcare professionals’ list of practitioners who have a duty and authority to report under the Act about concerns of a person’s fitness to drive as a result of a medical condition or functional impairment. more…

Changes to Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admissions) Act formalize Advance Directives (Sept. 1, 2011)

The changes include the formalization of Advance Directives as a binding legal document that allows a capable adult to provide consent or refusal to health care in advance of a time when the care may be needed. more…