A Day in the Life of an Occupational Therapist

Because occupational therapists in Canada work in so many different settings, there is no typical job. For example, an occupational therapist who works in a hospital has a very different job than an occupational therapist who may practice in clients’ homes or workplaces in the community.

When you begin to look for a job in Canada, you will see there are many available choices. This may include performing a complete and appropriate assessment of occupational performance; applying core expertise and professional reasoning; synthesizing assessment findings and reasoning to develop a targeted action plan; and, demonstrating skilled and selective use of occupation and interventions to enable occupation. Others may work as managers, researchers, program developers, educators, and practice scholars.

Clinical setting videos -they take time to download

These videos will provide internationally educated occupational therapists with insight into the range of clinical settings where occupational therapists in Canada work.

Katie works as an Occupational Therapist and Manager of a rehabilitation company that provides services to clients who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident (MVA).

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Gordon is an Occupational Therapist and the Clinical Director of a program that provides outpatient services for individuals with schizophrenia.

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Kathryn is an Occupational Therapist working in an outpatient brain injury clinic.

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Heather is a Clinical Specialist and Occupational Therapist working in a hospital-based neonatal follow up clinic.

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Baljit is an Occupational Therapist who works at a clinic that provides augmentative and alternative communication services using assistive technology.


Judy is an Occupational Therapist who works in an outpatient rehabilitation program providing services to children with neurological and developmental disabilities.
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