About The College

The College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS) is a governing body established by the provincial government to regulate the practice of occupational therapy in our province.

The College's mandate is to protect the public's interest by setting standards for practice, establishing programs to ensure that occupational therapists practice safely and competently, and investigating concerns raised about registrants' practice.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists generally assess a person's functional abilities in consideration of their physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and environmental limitations and strengths. Analysis of activities and factors impacting one's ability to perform a desired activity is a critical element of this process.


To protect the public by ensuring and advancing safe, effective, and ethical occupational therapy practice.


Public trust in quality Occupational Therapy for Nova Scotians.

Contact Us:

If you would like further information about the College, please feel free to contact us by phone at: (902) 455-0556 or by e-mail: admin@cotns.ca