The CAOT Advocacy Framework

CAOT identifies priority advocacy activities using the following three-step process:

  1. Assess and assign advocacy resources based on:
  • the issue’s relevance to the strategic priorities of the association
  • the time and resources necessary to effectively represent our members
  • whether our involvement will contribute to advancing our profession
  1. Progress on identified areas of advocacy through preparatory work, collaboration, outreach and member involvement:
  • identify CAOT’s position on the issues to be addressed
  • consult with CAOT members, consumers and other relevant stakeholders
  • communicate CAOT perspectives in a way that is relevant to the activity’s objectives and the intended audience’s priorities
  • prepare key messages, reports and other publications
  1. Seek and respond to strategic opportunities to address a key audience with a key message. CAOT will:
  • meet with government officials (Ministers, Ministers of State, Parliamentary Secretaries, Public Servants) Members of the House of Commons and Senate
  • appear before House and Senate Standing Committees
  • prepare briefs to Standing Committees
  • participate in stakeholder engagement sessions to provide the occupational therapy perspectives
  • attend and present at non-occupational therapy conferences to promote the profession of occupational therapy
  • host “Lobby Day” receptions at the federal or provincial chapter level, to immerse political influencers in occupational therapy issues
  • manage opportunities directly or as a partner/contributor to a committee or coalition where the health care goals articulated will benefit the profession of occupational therapy
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