Naturopathic Medicine in Ontario has been a regulated health profession in Ontario since 1925. Moving Naturopathic Doctors under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) that regulates 25 health professions in Ontario, including MD's and nurses is long overdue.
All major parties support the proclamation of the Naturopathy Act, however, the June election may affect timing.
What you can do to make a difference:
Let your local candidates or their canvassers know – at a local event, when they come to your door or through a call to the campaign office - that their support for timely proclamation of the Naturopathy Act is an important factor in your personal voting decision. Then ask if you have their support. If they are not sure, provide them with the background information and request that they get back to you within 24 hours with a position. Names and contact information for candidates in all ridings, accessible via postal code, will be available at the Elections Ontario website at http://www.elections.on.ca/en-ca
Scott Figueroa and Holly Letourneau are naturopathic doctors and co-founders of Hart & Sol Integrative Healthcare.