The College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS)

Our role is to ensure that the public receives safe, ethical and quality occupational therapy services.

We strive to maintain and build your confidence in the College and 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 to concerns and complaints raised about registrants' practice, and
  • supporting registrants’ continued competence.


The College has moved to its new office.  Please note our address is now:

380 Bedford Hwy, Suite 203

Halifax, NS B3M 2L4

New applicants are encouraged to contact the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia before visiting the building to ensure that someone will be available in the office if they choose to drop off their application documents in person (902-455-0556/

The Code of Ethics is a general guide, intended to provide registrants with information about the COTNS's expectations of ethical conduct of a therapist.

COTNS - Code of Ethics    ---

COTNS - Guide to the Code of Ethics 


Resources for Occupational Therapists

Find everything you need for registering and practicing in Nova Scotia.

What is Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy helps people achieve satisfying, independent lives by identifying and addressing key factors that may be causing personal barriers. Functional abilities are assessed in consideration of physical, cognitive, emotional, social and environmental circumstances and then plans are developed. Occupational Therapists work directly or indirectly with clients in healthcare, community-based and private sector environments.