Benefits of Membership


It’s an exciting time to be a member of MSOT!

Not only are there many new initiatives underway, but MSOT is also a great way to stay connected to the occupational therapy community. The benefits of MSOT membership are increasing, and we welcome all occupational therapists to join this dynamic organization.

New initiatives include:

  • Team OT
  • New professional development opportunities
  • Development and launch of a new and improved MSOT website
  • New awards to recognize and promote the great work being done by MSOT members,


Other MSOT member benefits:

  • Receive our bi-monthly MSOT newsletter which includes the latest news, product notices, educational opportunities, and announcements  from key partners
  • Access to MSOT Member’s Exclusive portion of the website (the Member Portal)
  • Access to affordable advertising solutions for your OT-related business
  • Access to MSOT’s comprehensive resource library
  • Join and participate in one of the Special Interest Groups supported by MSOT such as:
      • Private Practice Interest Group
      • Ergonomics Interest Group
      • Hand Interest Group
      • Long Term Care Interest Group
      • Neuro Interest Group
      • Seating Interest Group
  • Access specialized resources for OTs in Independent Practice
  • Receive professional representation to government, policy makers, consumer groups and other professional groups
  • Gain provincial, inter-provincial and national networking opportunities
  • Qualify for reduced rates for continuing education courses offered through MSOT
  • Connected to timely information regarding employment opportunities, courses and products
  • Eligibility to apply for a $1,000 research grant and a $500.00 presentation award through MSOTRF

Most important of all, as a member of MSOT, you have the opportunity to add your unique knowledge, experience and perspectives to those of others who share your desire to enable ability for all individuals.

Your membership in MSOT makes our profession stronger. We thank those who have continued their membership with MSOT over the years.

Benefits Of Becoming An MSOT Member

Your Success Matters …

Here is how MSOT can assist you in independent practice:


Private Practice Directory (PPD)

MSOT publishes four directories:

      • Complete Listings
      • PPD Services for Children
      • PPD Services for Adults
      • Return to Work/Ergonomic Services

Directories provide information to the public and others about member practices. Subscribers must be MSOT members and must be an owner/operator of an occupational therapy private practice.

The cost of being listed in MSOT private practice directories is $50.00 per year. This fee is for one listing in the Complete Listings Directory and you may be listed in any/or all the other directories for no additional cost. The directories are updated annually at the time of MSOT membership renewal (June/July) and can be amended at any time.

Private Practice Group

The Private Practice Group is an email list used to connect to those in independent practice.

Emails are sent from the MSOT office in an anonymous manner so that MSOT members who are speculating about embarking on independent practice can be a part of the Private Practice Group without making this known until the OT is ready to do so.  This connection allows you to hear about events and information that may be useful to your practice and your business.

There is no cost to MSOT members to being included in this Private Practice Group.

Privacy Policies

The Manitoba Ombudsman oversees compliance with The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) which requires that those in independent practice have written privacy policies regardless of the size of practice.

To support the MSOT members in independent practice to meet this PHIA and COTM requirement, MSOT hired a consultant to develop ten policies and a number of forms.

The “Privacy Kit” is available to MSOT members at a cost of $300. 00. For more information, contact


Private Practice Symposium

The aim of the spring and fall symposiums is to focus on a topic of significant practice or business interest to Private Practice Group members. Other items of interest are included in a brief business meeting portion of the afternoon.

There is no cost associated with participating in the symposium. In most cases symposium coordinators seek speakers who are willing to provide information without charge.  Participants simply pay for lunch which is arranged in order to have a venue that is secured at no cost.

Past topics have included:

      • “Understanding how to keep more money in your business;”
      • “Complaint Proofing your Practice;”
      • “Privacy and Confidentiality – Understanding PHIA;”
      • “Standards of OT Assessments;” and
      • “Clarifying GST . . . sorting out the confusion.”


Next MSOT Symposium

      • Date:   TBA  (click here for the agenda)
      • Time: 12 noon to 3:00 pm
      • Location: TBA
      • Lunch is your own responsibility. Please RSVP to MSOT Office at

Private Practice Resources

MSOT has a number of reference materials available to members (primarily from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists) in MSOT’s lending library.

Included in these resources is: Business in Clinical Practice: How to Get There from Here by Hopkins-Rosseel and Roulston. Published by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists


Private Practice Guideline

MSOT has developed a guide to assist MSOT members exploring independent practice.  This 2012 document has been developed with the significant efforts of two subsequent pairs of students in the Master of OT program at the University of Manitoba as part of their Independent Study.  Minor amendments, at the request of the Private Practice Group, were made in 2016.

To obtain a copy, please contact the office at


Insurance Lobby

The MSOT OT & the Workplace Committee developed templates of letters for your clients to send to their health insurance companies to lobby for improved benefits.  They are available to MSOT members in the Member’s Portal area. These letters complement the campaign CAOT launched which looks to employers and insurance providers to modify extended health benefits or flex health benefit plans to include coverage for critical occupational therapy services provided to clients by occupational therapists.  To support this, CAOT has created an Ask for it!” tool kit.