What Guides COTM?

Vision Statement

Quality Occupational Therapy - Accountable to Manitobans

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to protect the public by regulating, advocating and advancing safe, ethical and quality occupational therapy practice in Manitoba.


“The College must carry out its activities and govern its members in a manner that serves and protects the public interest.” The Occupational Therapists Act (2002).

Organizational Values

  • Excellence - We strive to be and do the very best.
  • Leadership - We demonstrate best practices in regulation.
  • Respect - We trust our partners and work openly and honestly.
  • Innovation - We collaborate to create unique approaches to opportunities and challenges.
  • Integrity - We operate with fairness and transparency to ensure accountability.
  • Stewardship - We are careful and accountable for all funds and are especially conscious of the impact of our decisions on our members.
  • Social Accountability - We consider the welfare of the community in which we operate.

Strategic Plan 2017- 2019 - A Summary

Strategic Direction # 1: Maintaining and Supporting an Effective Governance Model

  • Goal #1: COTM Council will utilize and acknowledge guidance documents in decision making.
  • Goal #2: The COTM Council will be guided by risk management strategies.
  • Goal #3: The strategic plan and balanced scorecard will be used to effectively manage and communicate strategic change.
  • Goal #4: The COTM Council will be responsive to emerging practice areas.

Strategic Direction # 2: Effectively Meeting Registration Regulatory Requirements

  • Goal #1: Continue involvement in national initiative for a comprehensive international applicant registration process through the ACOTRO Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS).
  • Goal #2: Ensure that the COTM registration policies and processes are reflective of current practices.
  • Goal #3: Contribute to the development of regulatory based processes that support COTM’s statutory role with examination and accreditation.

Strategic Direction # 3: Supporting the effectiveness of occupational therapy practice

  • Goal #1:  Monitor and respond to changes in scope of practice and practice expectations.
  • Goal #2: Continue to develop and evolve the Continuing Competence Program.

Strategic Direction # 4: Effectively Meeting Regulatory Requirements: Complaints investigation including enhancement of member engagement and understanding

  • Goal #1: Investigation and inquiry processes are consistent with The OT Act (The Regulated Health Professions Act pending).
  • Goal #2: Assist in member understanding of the Complaints Investigation process.

Strategic Direction # 5: Transitioning to the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA)

  • Goal #1:  The COTM Council fulfills its monitoring role for the implementation of RHPA.