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 College is welcoming applications for the position of Registrar! 

If you would like more information on this opportunity, please review the job post here, or contact the College by email ( or phone (902-455-0556).  

The deadline to apply is February 8, 2019. 

Scope of Practice Guideline

The new Scope of Practice Guideline is now available here.  All registrants are expected to review this document.

  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 Scope of Practice Guidelines

       COTNS's Risk Proof Your Private Practice

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 Fall 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.