Job Posting 63200

Occupational Therapist - Community Homes for Opportunity Program
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area, Newmarket, Ontario
closes in 4 days (Wed, 30 Sep)
full time


                                                                                                      Posting Date: June 24, 2020

Closing Date: Until Filled

Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic


The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist in our Community Homes for Opportunity Program.


Closing Date: Until Filled


Permanent: Full- time (35 hours per week) Evenings and weekends may be required.


Comprehensive Health Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package: Full Extended Health & Dental, Life Insurance, EAP, STD, LTD, & Pension Plan. Generous paid time off including vacation, sick, personal days.


Competition #: 2020-038


Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA.


Once public health directives are lifted, the Occupational Therapist will be working primarily in our Newmarket Office (1101 Nicholson Road, Newmarket, Ontario) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.


Job Profile:


The Occupational Therapist (OT) works with clients to complete assessments in the areas of daily living activities, behavior and emotion, and where required, motor coordination, sensory and perceptual motor function, and visual perception.  Treatment goals are to facilitate skills development and mastery, reduce distress, promote involvement in leisure and recreational opportunities in the community, and promote optimal functioning in activities of daily living, while altering environmental barriers.  The OT assists clients to minimize distressing or disruptive feelings and behaviors, build resilience, and attain their goals and aspirations.


The OT facilitates and supports recovery for adults facing mental health challenges through empowerment and respect by providing a range of social, educational, and recreational services. Using a recovery-based approach, the OT assists members to develop and use interpersonal, social, and leadership skills that will optimize their strengths and improve their quality of life, and mental and physical health and well-being. The OT assesses client’s strengths and needs in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure and plans and evaluates client goal achievement through both individual and group experiences. The OT collaborates with a range of formal and informal services, refers members to external resources, and may also participate in case conferences and systemic initiatives to improve availability, accessibility, and equity of resources.  Other duties as required.


The Community Homes for Opportunity is a supportive housing program for people with serious mental illness.  The CHO strives to achieve best practices in supportive housing.  The program is intended to assist Tenants by providing appropriate housing and support services to achieve and maintain stability in a home that is safe and affordable.  The program takes a recovery-based approach and provides access to support services both in the CHO Home and in the community, which will aim to improve and/or stabilize peoples' physical and mental health, foster independence, and enhance participation and integration into the community. 


The CHO program focuses on person-centered flexible supports, reflecting on the changing needs of the Tenants in a recovery-based environment

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.  The OT may be assigned to different programs as required based on need. 



  • Registration and member in good standing with COTO (College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario)
  • Bachelors or Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy
  • A minimum of two years occupational therapy experience, experience working in community with adults with serious mental illness is preferred
  • Experience in group facilitation.
  • A second language (Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of empowerment-oriented case management philosophies and practices
  • Advanced assessment, crisis intervention and counseling skills
  • Knowledge of systemic issues such as poverty, unemployment, stigma and the isolation felt by individuals with serious mental illness and their families
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region, including formal and informal resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • A valid Canadian Full G driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
  • A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening

This position reports to the Manager, People & Teams in the Community Homes for Opportunity program.      


Working Conditions: Office work, community settings, meetings in clients’ home and travel with clients. Periodic / scheduled evening to accommodate client's needs.


Disclaimer: In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here


Why work for CMHA-York Region and South Simcoe?


We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams.  It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement, and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact.  We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

Our team cares for each other.  We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication.  We have been a National Nonprofit Employer of Choice for four consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.


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Application Procedures: (For our website)

If you are interested in this opportunity, click on the “Apply Now” button above and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume.

Complete the application form and submit the following:

  • Cover letter with 300 words or less and tell us why you would want the Occupational Therapist role and why you should be considered for the position (PDF or Word)
  • Resume (PDF or Word)

Application Procedures: (For 3rd Party websites)


If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website at and click on Current Opportunities, and click on Apply Now and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume."

CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.


While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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