Occupational Therapist Salary Canada

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Average Occupational Therapist Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Occupational Therapists.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3143.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: occupational therapist (OT), clinical occupational therapist and community occupational therapist.

A typical full-time annual salary is in the region of $65,000 – $75,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $44.48 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec and New Brunswick at $33.00 per hour.

Employment prospects for occupational therapists are good in Canada. The government forecasts that because the Canadian population is aging, the demand in this profession will increase for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Occupational Therapists in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta*25.7244.4862.872015
Edmonton – Alberta*23.0140.0059.522015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 15.0037.2938.972014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 29.7436.0040.002014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 19.0033.0035.00 2014
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 25.6934.0038.002014
Toronto – Ontario 20.5036.5543.29 2014
Ottawa – Ontario 20.5036.5543.29 2014
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 20.5036.5543.29 2014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 20.5036.5543.29 2014
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 21.0033.00 43.002014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan*(1)31.6138.6541.742013

Methodology*

Duties in this occupation include:
›› Assessing clients’ abilities and helping them set goals to gain or regain skills
›› Planning and directing therapy treatment to address clients’ needs relating to self-care, work and leisure activities
›› Maintaining clients’ records
›› Consulting and advising on health promotion programs
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health, which includes occupational therapists, is $36.50. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1384, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $72,000.

Licensing

Membership of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists is required in some provinces.

Number In Employment

There are over 20,000 occupational therapists working in Canada.

Visa

Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

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