Private Practice Resources

MSOT Private Practice Business Network

The Private Practice Business Network (formerly the Private Practice Group) is a network to support and connect Occupational Therapists in and/or interested in independent practice.

The purpose of the MSOT Private Practice Business Network is to provide an opportunity for members of the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists (MSOT) who have an interest in independent occupational therapy practice to exchange information, to provide and receive support, network, and enhance clinical and business practices related to working in private practice.

From time to time, emails are sent from the MSOT office to learn about events and information that may be useful to your practice and your business.

Additionally, the Private Practice Business Network meets together twice a year for a Symposium including guest speaker and round table to discuss current and relevant things impacting private practice Occupational Therapists.

There is no cost to MSOT members to being included in this Private Practice Business Network.

Please find the MSOT Private Practice Business Network Terms of Reference

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Please email the MSOT Office at to indicate your interest in joining the Private Practice Business Network.

Here is how MSOT can assist YOU in Private Practice

MSOT has developed a guide to assist MSOT members exploring independent practice.  This 2012 document has been developed with the significant efforts of two subsequent pairs of students in the Master of OT program at the University of Manitoba as part of their Independent Study.  Minor amendments, at the request of the Private Practice Group, were made in 2016.

To obtain your FREE copy as an MSOT member, please contact the office at

The Manitoba Ombudsman oversees compliance with The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) which requires that those in independent practice have written privacy policies regardless of the size of practice.

To support the MSOT members in independent practice to meet this PHIA and COTM requirement, MSOT hired a consultant to develop ten policies and a number of forms.

The “Privacy Kit” is available to MSOT members at a cost of $300. 00. For more information, contact

MSOT publishes four directories: – Click Here!

  • Complete Listings
  • PPD Services for Children
  • PPD Services for Adults
  • Return to Work/Ergonomic Services

Directories provide information to the public and others about member practices. Subscribers must be MSOT members and must be an owner/operator of an occupational therapy private practice.


The cost of being listed in MSOT private practice directories is $75.00 per year for renewing listings. New listings will be charged an additional $50.00 (for a total of $125.00). This fee is for one listing in the Complete Listings Directory and you may be listed in any/or all the other directories for no additional cost. The directories are updated annually at the time of MSOT membership renewal. An administration fee of $25.00 will be charged if listings are received after the deadline.

**PLEASE NOTE:  Important change in 2022 – renewal date has CHANGED from April 30 to November 30 – more details  coming soon!  All current listings will remain until December 31, 2022.

Follow the links below:

Private Practice Directory – New Listing

Private Practice Directory Listing – Renewal Form

The aim of the spring and fall symposiums is to focus on a topic of significant practice or business interest to Private Practice Business Network members. Other items of interest are included in a brief business meeting portion of the afternoon.

There is no cost associated with participating in the symposium. In most cases symposium coordinators seek speakers who are willing to provide information without charge.  Participants simply pay for lunch (if in-person) which is arranged in order to have a venue that is secured at no cost.

Past topics have included:

  • “Understanding how to keep more money in your business;”
  • “Complaint Proofing your Practice;”
  • “Privacy and Confidentiality – Understanding PHIA;”
  • “Standards of OT Assessments;” and
  • “Clarifying GST . . . sorting out the confusion.”

Next MSOT Symposium

Date:   Spring 2022

MSOT has created additional resources for Manitoba Occupational Therapists exploring private practice.

Summary of MSOT supports for private practice OTs can be found HERE.

HERE are some ADDITIONAL resources to support your exploration of private practice.

MSOT has a number of reference materials available to members (primarily from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists) in MSOT’s lending library.  Included in these resources is: Business in Clinical Practice: How to Get There from Here by Hopkins-Rosseel and Roulston. Published by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Insurance Lobby

The MSOT OT & the Workplace Committee developed templates of letters for your clients to send to their health insurance companies to lobby for improved benefits.  They are available to MSOT members in the Member’s Portal area. These letters complement the campaign CAOT launched which looks to employers and insurance providers to modify extended health benefits or flex health benefit plans to include coverage for critical occupational therapy services provided to clients by occupational therapists.  To support this, CAOT has created an Ask for it!” tool kit.