There are various costs associated with the Substantial Equivalency Assessment System (SEAS) process and the subsequent registration process that occurs at the provincial level.  You should be aware of these costs before embarking on the SEAS process, and registration process at the provincial level.  Here we've tried to give you a listing of all known costs.  Unless otherwise indicated, all costs below are in Canadian dollars

SEAS Fees, Payable to ACOTRO 
FIrst installment $300.00
Second Installment $1,300.00
Third Installment $2,000.00
TOTAL $3,600.00
  **plus GST/HST
SEAS Costs, Payable to other agencies*
WES Academic Credential Report $180.00
Language Assessment (if needed)             $250.00 - $350.00
Certified Translations (if needed) ?
Payment to academic institute (to request  documents) ?
Electronic Proctoring for JKAT US $ 25.00
Travel and accomodation costs for CA (if needed) ?

SEAS - Other potential costs
Request for Extension Fee $200.00
Request for Reconsideration Fee (per step of SEAS) $250.00
Duplicate Disposition Report or document $25.00
Administration Fee for File copying (e.g. copies of your curriculum documents) $40.00 plus .05 per page
  **plus GST/HST

Costs After SEAS (to become registered)*
Application Fee at the provincial level Fees set by provincial regulator
Registation Fee at the provincial level
Additional Language Testing (if needed) ?
Criminal Record Check (if needed) ?
Malpractice Insurance ?
NOTCE - National Exam    $550.00 plus taxes


  • Only known costs have been included
  • These fees/costs are subject to change by the agency/organization. Please refer to the agency/organization’s website for the fee/cost

*** Change in SEAS Fee structure effective January 1, 2016

As per the Canadian Revenue Agency, the SEAS fees are subject to Harmonized and Goods and Services Taxes (HST/GST). Internationally Educated Occupational Therapists (IEOTs) are required to pay the mandatory HST/GST per fee of the SEAS process.  This change will only apply to upcoming fee payments, not payments already made.

How do you know what amount you have to pay in HST/GST?

This tax is calculated based on the geographical location of the IEOT at the time each fee is paid (i.e. the amount you pay in taxes can vary if there is a change in your residential address over the course of the SEAS process). Applicants who are not situated in Canada at the time of paying a particular fee for SEAS are not subject to the HST/GST on that fee. Applicants who are in Canada will pay HST/GST on their SEAS fees according to the rates in the table below.  :

0%          Outside of Canada 

13%       Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador

14%       Prince Edward Island

15%       Nova Scotia

5%          all other provinces in Canada

The GST/HST payment will need to be received by ACOTRO before the subsequent stage of the SEAS process can be started.