Occupational Therapist

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 22353
Salary: $95,784 - $114,426
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

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

Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity? Does the prospect of having incredible outdoor adventures a short walk away sound appealing? Then the role of Occupational Therapist may be the perfect fit for you!

This position is located in Fort Smith and reports to the Regional Manager, Allied Health Services. Occupational Therapy provides diagnostic, intervention, treatment, preventative, educational, counseling and referral services to clients of all ages whose function is impaired by illness, injury, emotional disorder, developmental delays, disorders, or social disadvantage. Occupational Therapy is provided to clients to improve, support their health and quality of life for them and their families. OT treatment programs may be short term (1-3 visits) or long term (1 year) depending on the complexity of the issues addressed in treatment The incumbent will work closely with other rehabilitation staff, other hospital departments, home care, third party insurers (WCB), schools, physicians, families, and staff in health centers so as to provide a holistic service to referred clients.

Knowledge of cognitive, physical and psychological development and impairment related to occupational therapy including anatomy, physiology and pathology in all age groups and knowledge of biological, physical, behavioral and mental health sciences in order to recognize, interpret and prioritize findings and determine and implement a plan of action based on accepted standards of practice are required.

The ability to work independently in all areas of Occupational Therapy practice with the ability to apply therapeutic processes (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) to ensure that the patient's physical, emotional, psychosocial, educational and day-to-day living needs are met and the ability to fabricate or select orthotics and/or devices/tools (including but not limited to custom splints, insoles, braces, assistive devices, etc.) required to support injured body parts or aid daily living is also required.

Typically, these knowledge, skills and abilities would be acquired through the successful completion of a degree in Occupational Therapy and successful passing of the written CAOT examination. Three years of experience in the practice is an asset, a minimum of one­year experience will be considered.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876
Tel (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

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

More Information

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 criminal record 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.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is committed to promoting, protecting and providing for the health and wellbeing of the people of the Northwest Territories.  In order to decrease the risk of workers contracting and/or spreading vaccine preventable communicable diseases in NTHSSA workplaces, unless specifically stated, the NTHSSA will require all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 11, 2022.  Candidates must provide proof that they have met the vaccination requirements or provide a valid medical or Human Rights exemption to complete the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 22353  

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $49.12 per hour (approximately $95,784.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $7,434.00.