Council Open Forum, Renewal, Liability Insurance

Council Open Forum

You’re invited to participate in Council’s open forum on Saturday January 22, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. online at Click here on January 22 to join the meeting. This is your opportunity to bring forward issues, concerns, questions or any other matter you wish to share with Council, who welcomes your engagement!

We value your input, knowledge, and experiences and hope that you will join us at this open forum! If you have any questions about the open forum or require more information, please contact Marianne Baird, Registrar at or 780.436.8381 ext. 105.

Renewal Opened January 1, 2022 Thank you to the multiple OTs who have already renewed their practice permits, we appreciate the early renewals! To renew your permit, access the Registrant Login to the online platform at

Be sure to renew before February 28, 2022, to avoid having your practice permit cancelled. 

Note: it can take up to 10 business days if renewal approval is required. This happens if you have profile updates such as a name change or addition of an employer that is not currently in our system. Be sure to start your renewal well before the end of February.

Mandatory Liability Insurance Evidence

Starting in 2022, ACOT will require all registering OTs to personally hold a minimum of $5 million in professional liability insurance – employer’s insurance coverage will not be sufficient. Most employer-based insurance does not cover the OT for activities outside of work, or for complaints that come straight to ACOT rather than through the employer. This can leave the public and OTs without the benefits that personally held professional liability insurance is intended to provide. ACOT’s mandate is protection of the public, and by requiring all OTs to hold professional liability insurance, we can ensure the public has options in cases where litigation becomes a reality (note this is separate from the College complaints process).

You will be asked to upload evidence of insurance during renewal – acceptable evidence will be a copy of the page of your policy that shows the policy number, your name, and the effective and expiry dates (no need to upload the whole policy). You will be expected to renew your personal liability insurance when it expires in-year; each year the 10% of OTs who have their Continuing Competence Program (CCP) submissions reviewed will be required to send in an updated copy of their liability insurance coverage if the evidence of insurance uploaded during the renewal process expired by the time the CCP review occurs.

Personally held professional liability insurance for OTs can be purchased through the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists (SAOT), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), or through an independent insurance broker.