You are encouraged to review this page periodically while you are in the SEAS program and after completing SEAS. Information will be updated or added as it becomes available.

Occupational Therapy-related Documents

Essential Competencies of Practice for Occupational Therapists in Canada, 3rd Edition

Quick Reference Guide to the Essential Competencies of Practice for Occupational Therapists in Canada

To Assist with Your Registration Journey

National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam (NOTCE)

Financial Assistance

Windmill Microlending provides low-interest loans to immigrants to obtain the credentials needed to work in Canada.

A Windmill microloan may be used to pay for:

  • fees for licensing and qualifying exams
  • education and training programs of two years or less
  • travel expenses to take courses or exams which are unavailable in your area
  • assessment of qualifications
  • fees for professional associations
  • books, supplies, and other course materials
  • other costs related to continuing your career may be considered, including a living allowance to replace income while you study

For information regarding eligibility for the loan, the application process, and how the loan may help with the costs of your SEAS program and registering to practice in Canada, visit their website or phone: 1-855-423-2262.

You are encouraged to explore the resources that are offered in the province in which you plan to practice. Here is an example of information regarding Manitoba resources:

Immigrate Manitoba Financial Supports page.

Job-finding Resources

Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

June 29, 2021: The Ontario government is investing $7.7 million in language and skills training supports to help 2,700 newcomers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic start new jobs. Through 19 programs across Ontario, newcomers will gain the skills they need to work in food manufacturing, healthcare, web development, and other in-demand sectors while supporting Ontario’s economic recovery and future prosperity. Learn more here.

Language Training

Occupation-specific Language Training

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sponsors free occupation-specific language skills training for foreign-educated occupational therapists. The courses are delivered in a variety of formats in Ontario colleges. Participants will develop communication skills for working effectively on inter-professional health care teams.

Learn more here.

For information specific to language-training programs in Manitoba, learn more here.


Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway: Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada

Foreign nationals in Canada could qualify to become permanent residents faster, through the new Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway program.

  • 20,000 applications for temporary foreign workers in health care will be accepted.
  • To qualify, candidates must submit their application before November 5, 2021, or until the maximum numbers of applications is received, whichever comes first.

Find a full list of eligibility criteria and for details about the program here.