Education and Regulation

 

In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors are regulated by The College of Naturopaths of Ontario, under the Registered Heath Care Practitioners Act. To determine if an individual calling themselves an ND is licensed, call the College at (416 583-6010), or the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors at 1-416-233-2001 (www.oand.org).

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Naturopathic Medicine is licensed under provincial law in Ontario, and is regulated by The College of Naturopaths of Ontario, under the Registered Heath Care Practitioners Act. Registered Naturopathic Doctors must first complete a minimum of three years of pre-medical training at a recognized university. They then enter the Naturopathic Doctor Diploma program, a full-time four year program at an accredited Naturopathic College, which includes a year long clinical internship. At the present time there are only two such schools in Canada: The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, and the Boucher Institute in Vancouver. After successfully completing the ND program, they must pass both North American and provincial board-licensing exams. At this time, NDs are eligible to be licensed by their regulating bodies.  All NDs are required to carry malpractice insurance. Other holistic practitioners may not be trained, regulated or insured, and we encourage you to investigate this before choosing a practitioner.