Patient Therapy and Counselling Fund

Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) each regulated health profession's College is required to have a program to pay for therapy and counselling for patients alleging sexual abuse by a Member of the College.

Who is eligible?

A person is eligible for funding when it is alleged, in a complaint or through a Registrar's Investigation, that they were sexually abused by a Member while they were a patient of that Member.

How much funding is available?

The maximum funding available to each person is established by the RHPA and is the equivalent to the amount that the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) would pay for 200 half-hour sessions of individual out-patient psychotherapy with a psychiatrist.  This funding amounts to approximately $16,000 per person and is accessible over a five-year period.  Under the RHPA, an individual is required to use other available sources of funding, such as OHIP or private insurance, first before being able to access funding from the College.

Choice of counsellor/therapist

A person is free to choose any therapist or counsellor to provide treatment as long as the therapist or counsellor is not a relative and has not been found guilty of sexual abuse.  If the therapist or counsellor selected is not a member of a regulated health profession, they are not subject to professional discipline by the College of Naturopaths or by any other health regulatory body.

Use of funding

Funding can only be used to pay for therapy or counselling and funds are paid directly to the chosen therapist or counsellor for the treatment provided.

How do I apply?

Step 1:  Apply to the College by completing and submitting this form:

Application Form
(Microsoft Word Document)
Step 2: The College will notify you when funding has been approved.

Step 3: You and your therapist or counsellor will complete and submit the attestation forms 
Attestation Forms
(Microsoft Word Document)
Completed Applications and Attestation Forms can be sent to the College in the following ways:

College of Naturopaths of Ontario
attn: Patient Relations Committee
150 John Street, 10th Floor 
Toronto, ON
M5G 3E3

Fax: 416-583-6011


For questions, please contact Jeremy Quesnelle, Deputy Registrar at 416-583-6018