The College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS)

Our role is to ensure that the public receives safe, ethical and high-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 Board of Directors of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held as follows:

 DATE: Thursday, June 14, 2018   12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

LOCATION:  Dalhousie University,  School of Occupational Therapy,  Room 219

We request all members wishing to participate to RSVP by May 31, 2018 by e-mailing or calling 902-455-0556 or 1-877-455-0556 (Nova Scotia only). Teleconferencing will be arranged for those unable to travel to the meeting.


Call For Nominations


In accordance with the College’s Act and Regulations, the Nominations Committee is requesting nominations from the membership for two positions on the Board for a 2-year term.  

For information on being a Board Member and the process to put a name forward for nomination, please see the Nominations Letter and brochure.

  COTNS Webinars Available for Members


(The webinars are available through Adobe Connect, therefore an Adobe add-on may be required for your internet browser)

 COTNS's Continuing Competence Program Changes and Rationale

COTNS's Record Keeping Practice Standards and Social Media Guidelines  

 Any questions relating to these webinars may be forwarded by email to


The Spring 2018 COTNS Newsletter is now available here.


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.