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Membership

In order to practice as an Occupational Therapist in Saskatchewan, registration with SSOT is compulsory under the Occupational Therapist’s Act, 1997.

As a member of SSOT, you will receive regular information regarding occupational therapy practice in Saskatchewan.

Depending on the membership category you have, you will have different rights and responsibilities.

Practising License Membership

Practising membership entitles a person to the following privileges:

  • (a) a licence to practise occupational therapy in Saskatchewan;
  • (b) to vote and hold office in the Society;
  • (c) to have voice and vote at the annual and special meetings of the Society;
  • (d) to be appointed to committees of the Society;
  • (e) to receive financial assistance for purposes specified in the policies of the Society;
  • (f) to receive a copy of Society documents appropriate for distribution; and
  • (g) to receive the publications of the Society.

Practising membership carries obligations including but not limited to the following:

  • (a) to adhere to the Society’s Code of Ethics;
  • (b) to use established occupational therapy standards as a guide for the practice of occupational therapy; and
  • (c) to notify the registrar of any change in name, address and/or employment status.

Restricted License Membership

Restricted License Members come from many different backgrounds and have a corresponding wide range of needs while under Restricted License. Some will be individuals who have not practiced for many years and want to be closely supervised by a practicing Occupational Therapist and instructed in the current developments of the profession. Others will come from different cultures and may have English as their second language. There will be those who have received their education as an Occupational Therapist in educational institutions which are not university based. In rare cases, a member may be fulfilling some recommendations relating to disciplinary proceedings.

Restricted Licenses are granted to those individuals who meet certain criteria but who do not qualify for full licensure. There are four levels of Restricted License that may be granted (Level 1 being the most restrictive and Level 4 being the least restrictive). The background and needs of the applicant determine the level of Restricted License. An individual may be required to change levels depending on a number of factors which are set out in the Restricted Licence Handbook

Level 1 - These individuals must be directly supervised by a registered Occupational Therapist. The exact form of supervision is determined on a case by case basis. This level of Restricted License will usually be required for individuals returning to the profession after a lengthy absence or following disciplinary proceedings.

Level 2 - These individuals require indirect supervision by a registered Occupational Therapist. This level of Restricted License is generally given to individuals who are waiting to pass the Canadian Certification Exam.

Level 3 - These individuals may practice with no supervision. This level of Restricted License is used for individuals whose educational background is deficient and requires upgrading but who have otherwise fulfilled all requirements for a full license. They must report annually concerning their progress in upgrading their educational qualifications.

Level 4 - These individuals may practice with no supervision. This level of Restricted License is intended for individuals providing services of a temporary nature.

Restricted license membership entitles a person to the following privileges:

  • (a) a license to practise OT in Saskatchewan subject to the restrictions imposed and for the period specified in the license;
  • (b) to have voice, but no vote at the annual and special meetings of the Society;
  • (c) to be appointed to committees of the Society;
  • (d) to receive a copy of Society documents appropriate for distribution; and
  • (e) to receive the publications of the Society.

Restricted license membership carries obligations including, but not limited to, the following:

  • (a) to adhere to the Society’s Code of Ethics;
  • (b) to use established occupational therapy standards as a guide for the practice of occupational therapy - Essential Competencies Document;
  • (c) to use the title “Occupational Therapist Restricted” or “OT(Res)”; and
  • (d) to notify the registrar of any change in name, address and/or employment status.

Members who have fulfilled the conditions of their restricted license may register as practising members upon payment of the prescribed fee.

Restricted License Handbook

Non-Practising Membership

Non-practising membership is limited to an Occupational Therapist who is eligible for registration as a practising member and is not currently practicing occupational therapy in Saskatchewan.

Non-practising membership entitles a person to the following privileges:

  • (a) to have voice, but no vote, at annual and special meetings of the Society;
  • (b) to be appointed to committees of the Society;
  • (c) to receive a copy of Society documents appropriate for distribution; and
  • (d) to receive the publications of the Society.

Student Membership

Student membership is limited to the person who provides evidence of enrolment in a Canadian university program.

Student membership entitles a person to the following privileges:

  • (a) to have voice, but no vote, at annual and special meetings of the Society;
  • (b) to be appointed to committees of the Society as approved by Council;
  • (c) to receive a copy of Society documents appropriate for distribution; and
  • (d) to receive the publications of the Society.

Life Membership

Life membership is limited to non-practising members or former practising members of the Society and is granted by the Council in recognition of outstanding service to occupational therapy in Saskatchewan.

Life membership entitles a person to the following privileges:

  • (a) to have voice, but no vote, at annual and special meetings of the Society;
  • (b) to be appointed to committees of the Society;
  • (c) to receive a copy of Society documents appropriate for distribution; and
  • (d) to receive the publications of the Society.