The Labour Mobility Support Agreement (LMSA) was developed by Canadian occupational therapy regulatory organizations to promote the mobility of occupational therapists within Canada. If you currently hold occupational therapy registration in another Canadian jurisdiction, you may apply under the LMSA. If you are not currently registered to practice in another Canadian jurisdiction, you may apply directly to the College.

Steps in the Registration Process

1.   Complete Labour and Mobility Support Agreement Confirmation Form

Ask your current regulatory organization to complete the Labour Mobility Support Agreement Confirmation Form.  Fill in the top Authorization for Release of Information portion of the LMSA Form and send it to the regulatory organization.  Your current regulatory organization will sent a copy of your transcript or ACOTRO SEAS Disposition Report, confirmation of completion of the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE), and a copy of any formal language tests that have been collected.  Contact the "sending" regulatory organization to find out if there is a fee for completion of the LMSA Confirmation Form. The College's fee for this request would be $40.00

2.    Application for registration

Complete the Registration Application Form, sign and have it witnessed and return it to the College along with the appropriate fee.  The application form is a legal document. You must answer all sections completely and accurately.

Evidence Required:

3.    Compile required documentation

Applicants for registration must be able to demonstrate that they meet the following registration requirements:

a.   Proof of Identity

The name you provide in the “Name used in Practice” box will be the name that is entered on the the College register, and must be the same name by which your clients and colleagues will know you. Your registration card, certificate, and tax receipt and all correspondence from the College will all be issued in this name.

Evidence Required:

b.   Eligibility to work in Canada

In order to be employed as an occupational therapist in Nova Scotia, you must have legal authorization to work in Canada.  Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and individuals with Canadian work permits have the right to work in Canada.

Evidence Required:

c.   Demonstration of professional liability insurance

Every occupational therapist practising in Nova Scotia must have professional liability insurance coverage to a minimum of $5,000,000.00 with a legal expenses endorsement for investigation of complaints by a regulatory body prior to engaging in the practice of occupational therapy.

Professional liability insurance for OTs can be purchased through CAOT if you are a member of CAOT.  See the CAOT website for more information.  You may also purchase Professional liability insurance directly through an insurer such as AON Healthcare Advantage.

Many of the hospitals and health care agencies that employ occupational therapists purchase insurance that covers their employees while they are working for that agency. This type of insurance does not cover any services the OT provides as a volunteer or outside this practice setting.  You must ensure that this coverage includes a legal expenses endorsement for investigation of complaints by a regulatory body prior to engaging in the practice of occupational therapy.

Evidence Required:

d.   Demonstration of good conduct

The College has an obligation to protect the public and needs to be satisfied that you do not pose a danger to clients.  You are required to declare any criminal investigations currently ongoing, any pending court dates, or any criminal convictions to the college. 

Evidence Required:

e.   Payment of annual registration fee

The annual registration fee is $450.00 along with an application fee, and for therapists from other jurisdictions under the LMSA is $25.  The fee may be pro-rated should you wish to practice for 3 months or less in a given registration year (June - May).  Payment may be made by cheque, credit card or money order, payable to the COTNS in Canadian funds.

4.   Membership with the Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists

The Occupational Therapists Act Section 27(2) requires that all Registrants with the College pay the membership fees of the Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists within one month of their initial registration and subsequently on the Societies renewal date.

Evidence Required:

Self-declaration on the Application form and/or notification from NSSOT that the fee has been paid.

Completed Applications require 10 business days to be processed.


 REMEMBER

You cannot begin working as an Occupational Therapist in Nova Scotia until you have received notice from the College that your application has been approved.