Job Posting 75607

Occupational Therapist - Flexible Supports
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area
closes in 5 days (Fri, 29 Oct)
full time


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 Flexible Support Program!


Why work for CMHA York Region?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. We offer an inclusive, innovative and high-performance work culture that helps us deliver transformational impact. The organization cares about the growth, safety and well-being of employees and offers:

  • Competitive Total Compensation (including salary, benefits, pension)
  • HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan) effective Nov 2021
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits
  • Robust Performance and Career Development program
  • Learning & development opportunities

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Closing Date: September 30, 2021


Permanent, Full - Time working 35 hours per week. Evenings and Weekends may be required. 


Benefits: (For Full-Time opportunities) Full Extended Health & Dental, Life Insurance, EAP, STD, LTD, & Pension Plan + Generous paid time off including vacation, sick and personal days


Competition #: 2021-055


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 Aurora office (15150 Yonge St., Aurora, ON) with flexibility to work from home. This position may require travel within York Region & South Simcoe for training or meetings.


Job Profile:


Flexible Supports Program

  • The Occupational Therapist (OT) collaborates with clients to provide individualized, short-term intensive supports to clients with housing needs, assist relationship building with residents and housing providers. OT offers support to client’s to prevent escalation such as addressing hoarding, health and safety and symptom management

The OT assists clients to minimize distressing or disruptive feelings and behaviors, help to build resilience, and attain their goals and aspirations. The Occupational Therapist will also collaborate with a range of formal and informal services, refer 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.

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); cannot be in the qualifying stages
  • Bachelors or Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Experience working in community with adults with serious mental illness and substance overuse challenges 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

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.


This position reports to and is supervised by the Manager, People and Teams.


Working Conditions: Office work, community settings, meetings in clients’ home and travel with clients


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.


Application Procedures:


If you are interested in this opportunity, follow the link below and click on the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of the page to proceed to upload your cover letter and resume:


Complete the application form and submit the following:


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

2) Resume (PDF or Word)


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 2SLGBTQ+, 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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