Occupational therapy

Occupational Therapy Overview

Most of the western world views the term “occupation” as being synonymous with work. As occupational therapists, we hold onto the broader meaning and define occupation as everything people do to occupy themselves including:

  • looking after themselves (self-care)
  • enjoying themselves (leisure)
  • contributing to the social and economic fabric of their communities (productivity).
  • Participating in activities that are meaningful to us is important for our health and wellbeing

Occupations can:

  • help to define who we are
  • give us purpose
  • help to sustain us
  • change and develop over the course of our life

Occupational therapy focuses on the complex and dynamic relationships between people, their occupations and their environments.


The services at Baycrest are provided by Occupational Therapists who are university trained health professionals and have graduated from a certified occupational therapy program.

We are registered by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and are an accredited department by the University of Toronto and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The occupational therapists at Baycrest are supported by trained occupational therapy assistants and technicians.

If you would like to learn more about the Occupational Therapy profession in Canada, check the following web sites: