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Out-of-Catchment Placements

Southern Ontario and Canada

University of Toronto students do not have priority for placements in other Canadian OT university catchment areas; however, there may be some opportunity to have a placement in another province and/or area of Southern Ontario. Students will be informed of these opportunities and how to apply for them via email and at pre-placement meetings. A non-refundable application fee of $250 is required for Canadian placements that are outside of the U of T catchment area.


Students are not permitted to contact potential placement sites or preceptors in an attempt to make their own arrangements for fieldwork placements. Such arrangements will not be honoured. This rule is put in place so that our fieldwork sites are not inundated with individual student requests and applies to any local, provincial, or national fieldwork site. Students are also prohibited from contacting other Canadian university fieldwork coordinators regarding out-of-catchment placements.


Please note that placements in Newfoundland/Labrador and in New Brunswick are only available to students who have residence in these provinces. Placements in Quebec require students to be fluently bilingual. Students should speak with the Director of Clinical Education during Year 1 if they are from these provinces and would like to have a placement in their home province at any point in the program.

Northern Ontario (NOSM)

All clinical placements in rehabilitation sciences in Northern Ontario are coordinated through the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Please see the NOSM website for information. NOSM distinguishes between Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario. Northeastern NOSM is considered to be Huntsville, Parry Sound, Sault Ste Marie, Wawa, and north up to Moosonee. Northwestern NOSM is considered to be west of Wawa and includes Thunder Bay, Dryden, Kenora, Sioux Outlook, etc.


Before applying, students MUST contact the Director of Clinical Education for details on application procedures. Students are not to complete the NOSM online application form until instructed to do so by the Director of Clinical Education. There are a limited number of fieldwork placements in Northern Ontario which provide funding for housing and travel. In the event that more than one student is interested in a particular funded placement, applications will be reviewed by the University Fieldwork Instructors to determine which student application will be forwarded on to NOSM. When the student applies online to NOSM, they will state their choices as to geographical area and practice setting and NOSM will attempt to find a placement based on student preference.


Please note that University of Toronto students do not have priority for placements in other catchment areas; there is no guarantee from NOSM that a placement in the requested area can be arranged.


Applications for Northern Ontario placement requests are generally due 4 to 5 months prior to the start of placement. Exact deadlines dates will be communicated to students by a member of the Fieldwork Team. There is no application fee for NOSM

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