Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are now regulated in Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), joining all other regulated health professions. The Naturopathy Act, 2007 and a new regulatory body, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), serves the public’s right to safe, competent and ethical naturopathic care. The College does this by setting requirements to enter the profession, establishing comprehensive standards, and administering quality assurance programs. Acting in the public interest, the College holds Ontario’s regulated Naturopaths accountable for their conduct and practice.
Currently, in order to obtain licensure in Ontario, NDs must graduate from an accredited naturopathic medical institution. There are two accredited colleges in Canada (The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine & Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine) and five in the United States. In Canada, NDs are also regulated in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.