About NDs

Naturopathic doctors (also known as NDs or naturopaths) provide health care to people of all ages, focusing on the use of natural therapies to support and stimulate healing processes.

All licensed NDs complete a minimum of three years of university-level training, including pre-medical courses, then four years at an accredited naturopathic medical college. In naturopathic programs, NDs study the same basic medical and clinical sciences as other health care professionals, like MDs or RNs. For information on becoming an ND, or the requirements to practice in Ontario, please visit Become a ND

Registration with a governing body helps ensure that NDs have the knowledge, skill and judgment to carry out their role. As of July 1, 2015, all NDs practising in the province became regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. 

Anyone seeing an ND should expect to be dealing with a highly trained professional, one who has met comprehensive standards in order to practice. As regulated professionals, NDs are accountable for their conduct and practice.

ND, Naturopathic Doctor and Naturopath are protected titles. This means that only people who have demonstrated the education and qualification to practice can use the title  It’s important that you know who is delivering your care.  Anybody found using a protected title without belonging to that profession’s regulatory college is considered an illegal practitioner, engaged in unauthorized practice. The appropriate college will investigate. Our Public Register includes information about all naturopaths who are registered to practise in Ontario, as well as information about unauthorized practitioners and more.

Contact the College if you have any concerns about an ND’s conduct or practice. College staff can also help you understand what the Standards of the profession mean, and can advise you of your rights as a health care consumer. The College puts the interests of the public first.