Occupational Therapist

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 20422
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Jun 23, 2021

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

Reporting directly to the Supervisor, Occupational Therapy, you will be one of 8 Occupational Therapists who independently manage their own caseload and provide diagnostic, intervention, treatment, preventative, educational, counseling and referral services for patients whose health and function is affected by developmental, cognitive, physical and mental health challenges. Services are provided on an in-patient, out-patient, community and school basis.

You will perform clinical and where applicable standardized assessment and provide direct and indirect care based on a best practices approach aimed at positive outcomes for Occupational Therapy intervention (e.g. assessment, diagnosis, treatment, selection/ordering equipment etc.). You will work with patients who have been affected by physical illness or injury, congenital or developmental delays, mental illness, the aging process and/or psychosocial challenges. The focus of the assessment, diagnosis and intervention is on performance in the areas of self-care/personal care, productivity, and leisure. 

Unlike Occupational Therapists in southern institutions, you must have advanced knowledge in all areas of occupational therapy related to their service as opposed to a specialization in one area. You may also cover other services on a short-term basis and is expected to have entry level of knowledge of those services.

This position is typically attained through:

  • The successful completion of a Master’s Entry level degree in Occupational Therapy. (A Baccalaureate Degree in Occupational Therapy completed prior to 2007 is considered equivalent to the Masters Entry level degree.)
  • Eligibility to be registered with either a provincial Occupational Therapy college or be a practicing member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). 

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Health Recruitment
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Term Position

This job opening is for a 9 Month Term.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.


Eligible for current registration/certification with either a provincial Occupational Therapy college or be a practicing member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) is mandatory for this position. 

For more information on health and social services careers and practicing in the Northwest Territories please visit www.practiceNWT.ca

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 20422        

Closing Date: June 23, 2021 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $47.68 per hour to $56.96 per hour (approximately $92,976 - $111,072.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.