Occupational Therapy


North York General Hospital (NYGH) is a leading community teaching hospital, accredited by the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP). Our vision is to lead the pursuit of excellence through learning, innovation and partnerships.

Occupational Therapy is a health profession that focuses on independence in everyday living by assisting individuals to maintain ability, develop skills, restore function and promote health.

Occupational Therapy services at NYGH are offered in the following areas:
  • Paediatrics (including the NICU)
  • Medical units (inpatient)
  • Geriatric programs (inpatient, outpatient and community outreach)
  • Surgical Program (inpatient and outpatient plastics)
  • Adult Mental Health (inpatient, outpatient and community outreach)
  • Occupational Health

Education program

The following placements are offered:
  • North York General Hospital is affiliated with the University of Toronto and offers Occupational Therapy placements to students from across Canada and internationally. Student placements are offered at the General site, Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, and Seniors' Health Centre — under the supervision of dedicated preceptors. Fieldwork experience is available in a variety of programs including: paediatrics, mental health, medicine, surgery, and geriatrics.

    Occupational Therapy (OT) and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students are provided with the clinical experience of working collaboratively with patients, families and the interprofessional health care team to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

  • Shadowing experiences by non-OT students

Seeking a placement

Student OT and OTA placements are arranged between fieldwork coordinators of affiliated academic institutions or the National Fieldwork Placement Service and the Professional Practice Leader (PPL) for Occupational Therapy at North York General Hospital.

Requests for shadowing experiences by non-OT students may also be directed to the PPL for OT.

Starting a placement

Placement prerequisites

The following prerequisites are required in order for a student to start a placement at North York General Hospital:

  • Mask fit testing
    You must have completed mask fit testing within the past 24 months. The following information will be requested upon registration:
    Date mask fitted
    Location mask fitted

  • Immunizations
    Your immunizations need to be up to date. This includes a TB test within the past 12 months. The hospital is not responsible for any expenses relating to immunization requirements. Students will not be allowed to start a placement without proper documentation. Seasonal influenza immunizations are highly recommended. Your rotation or placement may be affected if this is missing.

    If you are a student in a graduate program and have not provided your institution with documentation regarding immunizations, you must bring this with you on or prior to your first day of placement.

    You will be asked to confirm your immunization status as well as your TB test results during the registration process.
    Immunization form

  • Workplace insurance

    Institutional Workplace Insurance Agreement
    The students from publically funded Ontario colleges and universities are covered for workplace injuries through a program from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. If you are from one of these academic
    institutions you do not need to do anything else.

    Private workplace insurance
    This applies to the following:
    • Out of province students
    • Students from private institutions
    • Students in a practicum placement following completion of their academic studies

    Bring certificate of coverage on Day 1

    Not applicable
    • Observers
    • Students paid by NYGH

  • Vulnerable sector screen
    Vulnerable sector screen must be completed within the past 12 months for all students and must be submitted to your academic institution. If you have not provided the completed screen to your academic institution, you must bring it in on Day 1 of your placement.

    If your screen has positive findings, please notify us before your placement, as conditions of your placement will need to be reviewed.

  • Mandatory training
    All mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion as part of your registration process. The modules are also available on the registration pages.

Prior to first day

Online registration
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education. You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement.

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training program is designed in compliance with provincial legislation and to provide you with knowledge of our programs, services and policies.

On the first day

Bring with you:
Registration documents
  • Mask fit record
  • Completed immunization form
  • Completed vulnerable sector screen
  • Workplace insurance – if applicable

Government issued photo ID — This is required in order for you to receive a hospital ID. The Badge Office is located at the General site on the east wing, ground floor besides shipping. Hours of operation are 10-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are a student at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, you may want to receive your badge a couple of days earlier to not affect your placement time.

Payment for parking (if applicable) — Monthly costs of $60 (debit or credit card accepted). Daily rates are also available by contacting the parking office. Parking at the hospital is available in the Staff Parking Lot. Please park in Visitors Parking on your first day, once you pay for your monthly pass, your parking ticket for that day will be validated. The Parking Office is located at the parking deck, ground level, adjacent to the exit gates. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.


Daphne Flatt, B.Sc. (OT), M.Ed., OT Reg. (Ont.),
Collaborative Practice Leader, Rehabilitation Sciences
Tel: 416-756-6667

Centre for Education
Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North–Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M2K 1E1
Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805
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