Our Canadian section is still undergoing research and revisions. As we are an American based organization, we provide this information for general education only. This page should NOT be taken as absolute fact, merely informational. We will continue to research and update this section as time permits.
Under the Dietetics Act (S.O. 1991, c. 26): Only Dietitians may be registered in Ontario. However, according to the College of Dietitians of Ontario, which regulates the practice of dietetics: "In Ontario, anyone can legally provide nutrition information and call themselves a nutritionist." In order to call yourself a Dietitian, however, and practice medical nutrition therapy (diagnosing, treating, curing diseases, etc.), you must be admitted as a "member" of the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
You may legally call yourself a nutritionist without being a member of the college, and may use the titles Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist, etc. The only titles restricted are: Registered Dietitian, Dietitian, Professional Dietitian, RD (PDt, RDt, Dt.P)
Dietitians in Canada pursue Medical Nutrition Therapy, which should be interpreted to mean that unless you are a Dietitian, you may not:
What you CAN do: In Ontario, you can work with individuals in Private Practice or group classes, but you may not work in hospitals, as you need to be a dietitian. Also, you CAN:
- Talk to an otherwise healthy client about eating, moving, and living better, including recommendations for which foods to eat;
- Encourage and educate clients as to the eating of specific foods and explain why;
- Develop individualized recipes, and demonstrate food prep skills;
- Recommend evidence-based nutritional supplements that might assist in their healthy lifestyle;
- Educate them about good nutrition in general, and provide them with strategies to improve their eating habits; and
- Share resources and research of your own on food, and nutrition.