Occupational therapists scarce in Saskatchewan

November 10, 2010

According to new data released Tuesday, Saskatchewan continues to have the lowest number of occupational therapists per capita in Canada. The province has 25 occupational therapists per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 39. The best way to boost the number of occupation therapists would be to have a local education program, says the executive director for the Saskatchewan Society of Occupation Therapists. The University of Saskatchewan has developed a proposal for an occupational therapy program, now being considered by the provincial government. The potential program, aimed to start in 2012, would accommodate 40 occupational therapy seats and 25 speech pathology seats. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix