CAOT-QC Frequently Asked Questions

From November 2015 to April 2016, CAOT representatives met with more than 250 Quebec occupational therapists, in person or by teleconference, so that CAOT could answer participants’ questions regarding the chapter development plan for CAOT-QC.  A summary of the key questions and answers are provided below, for your reference.


Q1: What is the difference between CAOT and CAOT-QC?

A : Briefly, CAOT is the national professional association representing occupational therapists across Canada. As of October 1 2016, CAOT-QC will be the Quebec chapter of CAOT representing occupational therapists at the provincial level.

CAOT lobbies the federal government and influences public policy on behalf of the profession.  CAOT addresses issues such as:

- including occupational therapy as a  health service that is accessible to Canadians with a variety of funders (e.g. public health system, third party funders, extended health benefit plans)

- recognizing the value of including occupational therapists on primary health care teams, and

- extending funding to community-based programs where occupational therapy interventions and expertise benefit Canadians.

CAOT also represents the profession of occupational therapist by developing partnerships with national groups that work together on broader healthcare issues, to improve the healthcare system and the health of Canadians.

CAOT-QC will add to what CAOT offers by advocating for the interests of occupational therapists at the provincial level. This includes local lobbying efforts, meeting with the provincial government, participating on relevant provincial committees, and interacting with local occupational therapy organizations.

Q2: Why does CAOT want to create a provincial chapter in Quebec?

A:   Over a year ago, concerned occupational therapists in Quebec asked CAOT to look at developing a provincial solution to address their need for a local representational voice. A survey of Quebec occupational therapists followed, and the results demonstrated positive support for the formation of a CAOT provincial membership chapter in Quebec. Since that survey result, CAOT has engaged with interested occupational therapists and with the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec (OEQ) to develop a chapter model for Quebec. To inform the CAOT-QC chapter direction, there have been Exchange Forums and webinars made available to Quebec occupational therapists since November 2015, to gather input and address issues or concerns. Results of these engagements indicate the need for:

  • establishing a provincial ‘voice’ that advocates for occupational therapists in Quebec
  • integrating national and provincial resources,
  • adding more French language programming,
  • dispelling misconceptions regarding exam requirements in Quebec, and
  • keeping the membership cost affordable

Q3: Can I choose to be a member of CAOT or CAOT-QC separately?

A:   No. The membership being offered through our provincial chapters integrates national and provincial benefits into one. Choosing to join CAOT-QC automatically means you join CAOT. If you are a resident of Quebec, choosing to join CAOT means you automatically join CAOT-QC. There is one integrated price to join CAOT and CAOT-QC.

Q4:  What will I have to pay to join CAOT-QC? 

A: When you join CAOT-QC you also join CAOT.  The membership is integrated as is the cost of membership. In the first year of the CAOT-QC chapter, from October 1 2016 to September 30 2017, there will be no additional chapter fees. The cost of membership in the first year will follow the regular CAOT membership fee schedule, based on your membership category . Note that there is a special 50% discount for full membership for first-year CAOT members. This introductory fee applies to first-time CAOT members, a special offer in place across the country.

Here are some examples for the 2016-2017 membership year (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017):

For a new CAOT-QC member, new to CAOT and practicing full-time, you are eligible for the special first-year rate of $142.50.

For a new CAOT-QC member practicing part-time (less than 800 hours between October 1 st and September 30 th ) and new to CAOT, you are eligible for the special first-year rate of $142.50.

For a renewing CAOT member in Quebec.  as you renew your CAOT membership, a full-time practicing member will pay the regular $285 for the 2016-2017 membership year. A part-time practicing member will pay the regular $230. As well, you will automatically become a member of the new provincial chapter, CAOT-QC.  There is no additional chapter fee for the 2016-2017 membership year. Two notes:

  • There are Early Bird rates if you renew before September 30 2016, so watch for your renewal!
  • Note that your first-year membership discount was applied when you initially joined CAOT.

For a student associate. Membership in CAOT-QC is free to enrolled students until September 30 th of the year you graduate.

Following the first year of CAOT-QC, starting October 1, 2017, chapter membership fees will be applied to your CAOT-QC membership. The chapter rate is $75 for full-time practicing members and $59 for part-time practicing members.  The addition of these modest chapter fees will reflect the added value of having unique provincial programming in addition to national programming, and a full-time Quebec Managing Director, all delivered in one integrated membership. This chapter rate is consistent with the fee structure for CAOT’s other chapter, CAOT-BC.

As well, the special first-year rate period will be over and the 50% discount will no longer apply.

Here are some examples for the 2017-2018 membership year (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018):

For CAOT-QC members practicing full-time. The integrated membership rate is $360.

For CAOT-QC members practicing part-time (less than 800 hours between October 1 st and September 30 th ). The integrated membership rate is $289.

For a student associate. Membership in CAOT-QC is free to enrolled students until September 30 th of the year you graduate.

Q5:  How is CAOT-QC different from the OEQ?

A: The two organizations are both dedicated to occupational therapy but have different mandates.  The OEQ is a regulatory body with a mandate to protect the public by monitoring the competence and professionalism of occupational therapists.  It is mandatory to belong to the OEQ in order to obtain a license to practice as an occupational therapist in Quebec. CAOT-QC is a representational body with a mandate to advance excellence in occupation therapy in Quebec. CAOT-QC will provide regional leadership to actively develop and promote the client-centered profession of occupational therapy in the province. Membership in CAOT is voluntary. 

CAOT-QC also differs from the OEQ in that it is part of a national organization and can draw upon the significant resources and member programs available to occupational therapists across Canada. When you are a member of CAOT-QC you are also a member of CAOT nationally.

Occupational therapists in Quebec are well served by their regulator, the OEQ.  CAOT-QC services will not overlap or replace the OEQ’s responsibilities and CAOT has kept the OEQ informed of progress in establishing a provincial membership chapter. There is a respectful and transparent process in place.

Q6: What other provincial structures are in place in Canada?

A:  In some of Canada’s provinces, there is both a provincial regulatory body and a provincial professional association/chapter/society.  Quebec occupational therapists do not have a dedicated provincial association representing the profession. This is the representational gap that CAOT aims to fill with CAOT-QC. 

Q7: If I join CAOT-QC, will I have to write the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination – the NOTCE?

A: No, at this time you do not.  This is a frequent misconception.  In each province, the requirements for exam completion are set by the provincial regulatory body – in your case the OEQ. Currently, the OEQ does not ask for NOTCE completion in order to practice occupational therapy in Quebec.  You will not need to write the NOTCE to join CAOT-QC.

Q8:  Are there other chapters within CAOT?

A: Yes. The first provincial chapter of CAOT was established in British Columbia (BC) on October 1, 2011, and is now well established. Members of CAOT-BC are very satisfied with the value they receive from the integrated provincial/national membership. Provincial membership has increased 58% since 2011. CAOT-BC now represents over 60% of registered occupational therapists in BC. To learn more about CAOT-BC, visit .

Key learnings from the CAOT-BC chapter are being used as a model for how to develop and grow CAOT-QC. For example, CAOT-BC’s Managing Director, Giovanna Boniface, who is an occupational therapist and has been with CAOT-BC since its inception, is the head of the project to create CAOT-QC. Giovanna is using her extensive experience to direct the successful formation of the Quebec chapter.  The CAOT-QC Managing Director, France Verville will ensure the QC chapter is being developed with Quebec’s regional issues, needs and aspirations in mind.  An Advisory Committee has also been established to provide guidance to CAOT and the new CAOT-QC Managing Director in support of this new venture.

Q9:  What are the member benefits that I will receive with CAOT-QC?

A: Because this is an integrated provincial/national membership, you will receive the benefits associated with the national association in addition to unique member benefits being developed to specifically serve the needs of occupational therapists in the Province of Quebec.

CAOT Member Benefits:

CAOT offers a wide range of benefits and services to support you in your practice and to advance excellence in the Occupational Therapy profession in Canada. These benefits are outlined on the CAOT website, in the Membership section .  Very briefly they include:

Advocacy, representation and promotion of the profession of occupational therapy to federal government decision-makers and to anyone and any organization that is in a position to influence your future.

Collaboration with other national professional organizations that share common goals.

Professional Development with a wide range of webinars, workshops and events to help you advance in your occupational therapy practice. Special member rates.

Professional practice tools and programs to support excellence in occupational therapy. Member exclusive.

An annual national conference to convene and share best and leading practices in occupational therapy. Special member rates.

Free access to timely, relevant member communications including:

  • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (CJOT), which fosters advancement and growth of research, theory and practice in occupational therapy. Five issues per year in print.
  • OT Now, CAOT’s practice magazine, which provides occupational therapists with information to meet the challenges of their day-to-day practice. Six issues a year, both print and online.
  • OT Weekly, CAOT’s weekly e-newsletter, which delivers news and updates to CAOT members in support of their practice.
  • Risk Proof, an exclusive risk management and insurance magazine providing educational and practical client safety resources. Once per year with renewal.

Canada-wide professional liability insurance, from BMS Group, for individuals and businesses.

FIND an OT searchable directory helps people find the occupational therapy services they need.

Free membership with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Access to the reports generated by the CAOT Product Recognition Program and, for recognized manufacturers, use of the Seal of Recognition.

Special member discounts delivered through affinity partners:

  • Sun Life Extended Health and Life Insurance Plan
  • The Personal Home and Auto Group Insurance
  • GoodLife Fitness Membership
  • Member and Associate Assistance Program (MAAP), from Arive.
  • BarkBuilder website design services
  • Wiley-Blackwell book purchase discounts

In addition to all that CAOT has to offer, CAOT-QC provides:

  • Advocacy, lobbying and representation to the provincial government and regional healthcare providers and special interest groups,
  • Community activities, events and programs to raise public awareness of occupational therapy,
  • Increased French-language professional development opportunities,
  • Exclusive CAOT-QC member communications,
  • Provincial leadership, CAOT-QC Managing Director and Advisory Committee, and
  • Opportunity to create a community of occupational therapists within the Province

Q10:  What French-language resources does CAOT offer its members?

A: CAOT is a bilingual national association, providing an informative association website, in both official languages and communicating with members in their preferred official language – face-to-face, in print, online and on the phone.  As CAOT-QC becomes established and membership grows, more French language programming will be developed to meet the educational and professional needs of the CAOT-QC members.  This is a primary benefit of creating a provincial chapter for Quebec.

Today, CAOT has numerous French-language resources available to members. Here is a sample:

Exclusive Member-only Communications. Free.

  • OT Now, practice magazine. Fully bilingual issues since 1999. Archives are online.
  • CJOT, the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. All abstracts in French.
  • OT Weekly, e-newsletter. Separate English and French versions.
  • Risk Proof, a risk management and insurance magazine. Separate English and French versions.
  • Annual Report. Separate English and French versions.

Professional Practice:

  • CAOT position statements. Thirty-three reference documents that will help you to understand CAOT's position on issues that affect occupational therapists and their clients.
  • The Interprofessional Caseload Management tool, designed to assist individual professionals, organizations and policy makers in determining effective caseload/workload management for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech-language pathology services in Canada. Free download for CAOT members:
  • The National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers, outlining a vision and identifying directions for action for promoting safe driving among older drivers in Canada.


  • CAOT Advocacy Resources, online resources to share and use to help advocate for the profession of occupational therapy and the member’s own practice. More than twenty topics with fact sheets, vignettes and more.

Professional Development:

  • Webinars and workshops are provided in the language of the presenter, so as French-language presenters and audiences become more numerous, the availability of French-language professional development will grow. Today there are:
    • Two Lunch & Learn webinars

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Q11:  I understand that CAOT offers Professional Liability Insurance. Is it different from the insurance offered through OEQ? 

A: Yes, it is different.  All insurance policies have different features and benefits that you need to be aware of and understand. The professional liability insurance you select should have coverage terms that are suited to you and your practice.

CAOT has partnered with BMS Group to provide CAOT Professional Liability Insurance.

CAOT Professional Liability Insurance is recognized and accepted by regulatory authorities across Canada.

Over 90% of CAOT members across the country have purchased their professional insurance from CAOT. Some of the most valued features are:

  • Portable coverage that protects you 24/7 in your province and across Canada. Occupational therapists who occasionally practice outside of Canada are eligible for 90 days of extended coverage to attend academic courses, participate in professional exchange programs, or accompany Canadian clients outside of the country However, in the event of legal action or lawsuit, it must be brought forward in Canada or the United States.
  • Enhanced, comprehensive coverage designed for occupational therapists. CAOT’s Professional Liability Insurance:
    • offers claim limits of $5M and $10M,
    • gives discounts to new grads and members on maternity/parental leave,
    • exceeds all regulatory requirements,and
    • protects your full scope of practice as it evolves.
  • Extends coverage to include both civil and regulatory claims, as more than 80% of claims arise from regulatory matters.
  • A unique for-member by-member arrangement that benefits CAOT members. Your association is directly involved in program development, governance, and strategic decision-making of your insurance program. This means that you’re getting access to insurance coverage that has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of occupational therapists. It also means that any excess reserves from prudent practice and a reduction of claims stay within the profession.
  • Extended coverage for possible claims made after you have retired. Your insurance needs to be in place on the date a claim is made, whenever that is. Retired members can, for a small premium, be protected for claims that may arise in the future (from incidents that occurred during your practice).

To learn more about the insurance offered by CAOT, visit the membership benefits section of .

Q12: I’m already a CAOT member in Quebec.  Do I have to reapply or do anything differently?

A: No, you don’t.  And thank you for being a member!  When you renew your CAOT membership for the 2016-2017 membership year, you will automatically become a member of CAOT-QC as well.  You do not need to take any steps to make this happen – the process will happen automatically during your renewal process.  You will, however, receive information from CAOT regarding the new Quebec chapter as we want you to be informed, engaged and excited about your new provincial association!

Following the first year of CAOT-QC, starting October 1 2017, chapter membership fees will be applied to your CAOT membership. The chapter rate is $75 for full-time practicing members and $59 for part-time practicing members.  The addition of these modest chapter fees will reflect the added value of having unique provincial programming in addition to national programming, and a full-time Quebec Managing Director, all delivered in one integrated membership. This chapter rate is consistent with the fee structure for CAOT’s other chapter, CAOT-BC. 

Q13: How can I get involved in CAOT-QC activities?

A There are many ways that you can become involved in CAOT-QC.  Please contact CAOT-QC to express your interest: .

Q14: I have a professional issue, how can CAOT-QC help?

A: Keeping your professional association updated with issues that affect occupational therapists in Quebec is very important. Contact with details.

Q15:  I am a member of the AQEPP.  Does this new provincial association affect me?

No. The Association québécoise des ergothérapeutes en pratique privée (AQEPP) ( ) is a separate membership organization serving the professional needs of occupational therapists in Quebec who work in private practice. The services provided by AQEPP will largely complement those provided by CAOT-QC. 

The decision to join CAOT-QC is voluntary. It is an integrated provincial and national membership.  See Question #9 for a list of membership benefits that will be attached to membership in CAOT-QC.  The full list of CAOT membership benefits can be viewed online at .

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