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 webinar on COTNS's Record Keeping Practice Standards and Social Media Guidelines can be found here!  (An adobe add-on may need to be downloaded to view the webinar!)


Any questions relating to the Practice Standards and Guidelines may be forwarded by email to 


 A Town Hall Meeting on the Continuing Competence Program 

In response to the feedback we received on our  Continuing Competence Program survey this past summer, we are scheduling a town hall meeting.  The purpose will be to provide the College’s rationale for the move to a written assessment, provide further information about the program, and provide an opportunity for registrants to discuss their concerns with the Registrar. 

The town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, February 22nd  12:00- 1:00pm at Dalhousie School of Occupational Therapy Rm 213.

For those that are not able to attend this meeting, a webinar will be provided on March 1st from 12:00-1:00pm.  

More information can be obtained through


The November 2017 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.