From its beginnings in 1926, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy (now the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists)has grown to over 7200 members, 13 affiliates, a national office with 22 staff and an annual operating budget of over $2.5 million. For more information visit

In The Beginning

Although not founded until 1926, it is recognized that the CAOT was conceived during the 1914 — 1918 World War when the organized practice of occupational therapy received its major thrust in Canada and treatment by occupation took on an important role in the military hospitals. In an attempt to restore the disabled soldiers to a useful, independent life, vocational training was started while they were still in hospital; vocational workshops were set up in the military hospitals by the Vocational Branch of the Invalided Soldiers' Commission, Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment (DSCR) and were staffed by men with the expertise to teach the returned soldier a vocation. 

I.M, Robinson, LLD.,B.A.,OT(C)

Muriel Driver Memorial Lecture 1981