Naturopathic Medicine in Ontario

Page last updated 12 February 2017.

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Media Coverage

Are we being served by the regulation of naturopaths? Not if patients are still being misled. Globe and Mail. 2016. Carly Weeks.

Scope of practice

Ontario naturopathic scope of practice

Title: Protects the title “naturopath”

Prescription drugs: May prescribe per a formulary, but a formulary is not defined.

IV administration: Permitted

Diagnostic tests: May perform phlebotomy and physical exams

Minor office procedures: Not defined

Spinal manipulations: Permitted

Childbirth/ midwifery: Not defined


Naturopaths have been licensed in Ontario since 1991. In 2015, the Naturopathic Act 2007 was passed. It defined the practice of naturopathy in Ontario.

How to file a complaint

Naturopaths are regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. Information about filing complaints can be found on the college’s website.