College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba

College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba

The College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba (COTM) exists to serve and protect the public interest (The Occupational Therapists Act, 2002).  COTM administers The Occupational Therapists Act and the Occupational Therapists Regulation (2005).

COTM works to maintain and build confidence in the occupational therapy profession by:

  • setting standards for practice and ethical conduct;
  • registering only those occupational therapists who meet established education and practice standards;
  • responding fairly with concerns and complaints raised about members’ practice; and
  • monitoring and supporting members’ continued competence.

We acknowledge that our organization name can create confusion. COTM is definitely not involved in the formal university education of occupational therapists.  In Manitoba, organizations created by legislation and mandated by the government to regulate the health professions are known as colleges.

COTM is established as the regulator for the profession of occupational therapy in the Province of Manitoba through legislation – namely, The Occupational Therapists Act.

COTM has a duty to protect the public, making sure that occupational therapists practise in a safe, ethical, and competent manner.

Despite the name, COTM Is not an educational institution nor does COTM provide any clinical services. In some other jurisdictions COTM would be referred to as a licensing board.

Vision Statement

Quality Occupational Therapy – Accountable to Manitobans

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to protect the public by regulating occupational therapy practice in Manitoba.


“The College must carry out its activities and govern its members in a manner that serves and protects the public interest.” The Occupational Therapists Act (2002).

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