FAQs - Canadian-Educated OTs

How do I submit all my information? Can I email my documents?

Most provinces do not accept e-mailed copies of application forms and official documents. Documents may be mailed or couriered. Some have to be sent directly from an educational institution. Please visit the site of the provincial regulator to which you wish to apply to learn more.  Regulators will be pleased to confirm receipt of your application.

Are scanned documents acceptable with my application?

Scanned documents are not generally accepted. Please visit the site of the provincial regulator to which you wish to apply to confirm.

Can I pay my fees electronically? And how much does it cost?

The fee amount and payment options vary from province to province. Please visit the website of the provincial regulator to which you wish to apply to learn more.

How long does the registration process take?

In general, the time it takes to get registered depends on the completeness of your application, your own circumstances, and the registration process in the particular province to which you apply. Please visit the site of the provincial regulator to learn more.

I am currently certified to work in Province A, but I would like to work in your province instead. Do I need to apply for certification to practice in Province B?

Yes. Registration is regulated provincially, so every time you wish to move, you must register in the province to which you are moving. The requirements may differ from province to province, but if you are considered eligible under Canada’s Labour Mobility Support Agreement, the process can be straightforward. If you were internationally educated, it is unlikely that you will have to have all your documents re-assessed. Please visit the site of the provincial regulator to which you wish to apply to learn more. If you are moving to Quebec, you will have to demonstrate French-language fluency.

I trained in Quebec and plan to work in Quebec. Do I have to write the National Exam (NOTCE) or do an English fluency test?

You do not have to write the NOTCE and there is no provincial exam in Quebec. The law in Quebec stipulates that anyone wishing to obtain a permit from a professional order must be able to speak and write French.  If you are a graduate from McGill University specifically, you will have to demonstrate your French-language fluency under certain criteria.  You may also be tested or be asked to obtain a certificate from the Bureau québécois de la langue française indicating that you have successfully completed a French-proficiency examination.  Visit the provincial regulator to learn more.

How can I study for the National Exam (NOTCE)? Where can I borrow books to study?

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists runs the national exam and specific information can be found here. The Occupational Therapy Examination and Practice Preparation Project – OTEPP also helps OTs prepare for the exam. Please visit their websites for more information.