Press Releases & Responses

Response to: Penticton’s first Primary Care Centre officially opens

December 3, 2019 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists BC Chapter supports the government’s move towards improving
access to health care for British Columbians through team based primary care. We applaud the recent opening of the
Ponderosa Primary Care Centre with an interdisciplinary team that includes occupational therapy, along with several
other necessary health professionals that support people living well in their communities. Read more

CAOT and CAOT-BC Applauds Initial Plans for Expansion of OT Training Program in BC

May 24, 2019 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists -BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) is thrilled with the BC Government announcement of funding for 24 new occupational therapy training seats in BC. The province is providing $1.1 million to expand the UBC Master of Occupational Therapy program to the north in partnership with UNBC with 16 students ready to be accepted in September 2022. Eight seats have also been added to the UBC Vancouver program starting in September 2020. Read more

Response to: Improving access to team-based primary care in Burnaby

March 26, 2019 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists BC Chapter supports the government’s move towards improving access to health care for British Columbians through interdisciplinary primary-care networks (PCNs). While the announcement of 3 new PCNs in Burnaby is a step in the right direction, we are concerned that inadequate staffing levels will prevent successful implementation of this care model. Read more

Shortage of occupational therapists in BC leads to a six month wait for critical health care services for Surrey resident

February 28, 2019 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia Chapter (CAOT-BC) is disappointed with the BC government’s lack of follow-through and funding to provide additional OT training seats in their 2019 Budget. While the support to improve mental health care and team-based primary care is promising, the budget falls short in ensuring an adequate supply of critical health team members such as occupational therapists to meet the demands of these necessary services. Read more

Response to:  Provincial funds not adequate for four-year-old boy’s health needs

December 3, 2018 | CAOT-BC

Sadly, the experience highlighted by the family of Oliver Brooks in this article is not news for our association. Like Salmon Arm, there are many communities in BC that are drastically underfunded and also face continued challenges in access to timely services that meet the needs of the child and the parent. Read more

CAOT-BC says BC government is headed in the right direction by investing in residential care staffing levels

September 26, 2018 | CAOT-BC

CAOT-BC believes the addition of new full-time equivalent positions, including 50 allied-health care professionals (occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work), will mean better quality care for BC’s seniors. Read more

Response to: Northern Medical Program changed everything

June 28, 2018 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists BC chapter (CAOT-BC) would like to echo and further build on Dr. Dermot Kelleher’s (Vice-President, Health, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at UBC) comments on the high priority need to train more occupational therapists in BC. Read more

Response to: More physiotherapists need to be trained to meet growing demand

June 14, 2018  | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists BC chapter (CAOT-BC) would like to echo and further build on Ms. Bradstock’s comments on the shortage of vital allied health professionals including occupational therapists.  Read more

Response to: Kelowna ‘ideal’ city for new urgent-care centre, Dix says

April 9, 2018 | CAOT-BC

There is a need for primary care centers that use a team-based approach as well as a desire among doctors to practice within an interdisciplinary team. Read more

A step in the right direction: British Columbia government is launching a new, four-part surgical strategy aimed at reducing wait times for the health care British Columbians need

March 21, 2018 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists- BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) supports Premier
John Horgan’s announcement today to launch a surgical strategy that will reduce wait times for
British Columbians. Read more

CAOT-BC says BC budget is headed in the right direction by investing in health

February 20, 2018 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists- BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) is encouraged by the BC Government budget announcement. “Investing in team-based primary care to expand services from physicians and other health care professionals like occupational therapists is a step in the right direction to transform how British Columbians access health services in our province” said Giovanna Boniface, National Director of Professional Affairs of CAOT. Read more

Copyright 2016 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
powered by in1touch
100-34 Colonnade Road
Ottawa, ON K2E 7J6 Canada