The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) provides a national voice on issues important to the over 12,000 occupational therapists in Canada. The Association assists occupational therapists achieve excellence in their professional practice and provides national leadership to actively develop and promote the client-centred profession of occupational therapy in Canada and internationally.
Bearing in mind the current fiscal situation of the federal government, CAOT wishes to make three recommendations to address a key area that impacts the Canadian economy - the upward spiral of health system costs.
Recommendation #1: CAOT asks that the federal government prioritize health promotion and disease prevention in its health policy for the well-being of Canadians, ensuring the best value for every health dollar spent.
Recommendation #2: CAOT asks the federal government to develop, implement and disseminate a National Activity Guide for Occupation, Health & Well-being.
Recommendation #3: CAOT asks that the federal government provide funding for the participation of Internationally Educated Health Professionals in bridging programs.