July 30, 2020 —  Occupational therapists (OTs) play an important role in promoting health, well-being and quality of life for those affected by injury, illness and disability. Last year, there were almost 19,000 OTs licensed to practise in Canada. Learn more about the supply, education, employment and distribution of OTs across the country.

Note: The following data and findings reflect the most recent information available from the 2019 data cycle before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key findings

  • In 2019, there were 18,906 OTs licensed to practice in Canada
  • Most OTs worked in hospitals (43%) or community care settings (42%). About 4% worked in long-term care.
  • Between 2014 and 2019, the supply of OTs increased by about 18%.

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Explore information on Canada’s supply of occupational therapists in 2019 in this map.

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Data tables

Explore more detailed information on the supply, employment and demographic trends of Canada’s occupational therapists.

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