Statement of Purpose
Regulatory Body Authority
The Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies is made up of ten equal and independent dietetic regulatory bodies. Authority to regulate dietitians in the ten provinces is set out in provincial legislation. The purpose of professional regulation is public protection. Regulatory bodies are responsible for ensuring the regulatory framework reflects the current dietetic practice environment.
In exercising their regulatory role in the public interest, the ten dietetic regulatory bodies have legislative authority and responsibility to perform the following functions:
The Alliance addresses common dietetic regulatory issues on a national level to advance dietetic regulation in Canada. The Alliance develops principles and frameworks to support consistent standards of public protection and dietetic practice in Canada.
The objectives of the Alliance are to:
Responsibilities of Regulatory Bodies for Dietitians in Canada
Regulatory Bodies for Dietitians exist to protect the public. This is done by ensuring that registered dietitians deliver high quality client centered services to the public. The regulation of health professionals in Canada is authorized in provincial law and therefore it differs slightly from province to province. In each province, a regulatory body for dietitians is authorized to protect the public by regulating dietitians. (Links to Canadian Regulators of Dietitians)
What does it mean to be a Regulated Health Profession?
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There are several features of health regulation including but not limited to the following
What is a Regulated Profession?
Where the public may be vulnerable to harm as a result of inappropriate conduct on the part of a professional, some mechanism must exist to protect the public interest.
For many health professionals the government has delegated the responsibility of regulating the profession to the profession itself - self-regulation.
This means that the health profession establishes its governing structure which sets out the standards by which the organization operates to protect the public. The organization elects or appoints health professionals and public representatives to carry out the government's mandate.
To increase the accountability to the public and also provide a public point of view, most regulatory bodies have public appointees on their board or council and committees.
In Canada the regulation of health professions is the jurisdiction of the provinces and territories, therefore variations in how the professions are regulated exist across the country.
For information specific to how dietitians are regulated in a province, visit the websites for each Canadian Requlator of Dietitians.
Canadian Regulators of Dietitians
The College of Dietitians of British Columbia
Registrar: Fern Hubbard, BA, MEd
Suite 409, 1367 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 4A7
Phone: (604) 736-2016
Fax: (604) 736-2018
College of Dietitians of Alberta
Registrar & Executive Director
#740, 10707 - 100 Ave.
Edmonton, AB T5J 3M1
Phone: (780) 448-0059
Toll Free: 1-866-493-4348
Fax: (780) 489-7759
Saskatchewan Dietitians Association
Registrar, Lana Moore
#17-2010, 7th Ave.
Regina, SK S4R 1C2
Phone: (306) 359-3040
Fax: (306) 359-3046
College of Dietitians of Manitoba
Registrar, Michelle Hagglund
36 - 1313 Border Street
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0X4
Phone: (204) 694-0532
Fax: (204) 889-1755
College of Dietitians of Ontario
Registrar, Mary Lou Gignac
5775 Yonge Street
Suite 1810, Box 30
Toronto, ON M2M 4J1
Phone: (416) 598-1725
Fax: (416) 598-0274
Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec
Joanie Bouchard MSc(c) DtP
Professionnal Practice Coordinator
2155, rue Guy, bureau 1220
Montreal, QC H3H 2R9
Phone: (514) 393-3733
Fax: (514) 393-3582
Web Site: www.opdq.org
New Brunswick Association of Dietitians
530 Main Street
Woodstock, NB E7M 2C3
Phone: (506) 324-9396
Fax: (506) 328-2686
Prince Edward Island
Dietitians Registration Board (PEIDRB)
Katherine Schaefer, Registrar
Summerside, PE C1N 4Y8
Phone: (902) 436-2438
Nova Scotia Dietetic Association
Jennifer Garus, P. Dt.
NSDA Executive Manager
212 - 1496 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B4A 1E5
Phone: (902) 835-0253
Fax: (902) 835-0523
Newfoundland & Labrador College of Dietitians
Cynthia Whalen, M.Sc., RD
Registrar (Acting) & Executive Coordinator
PO Box 1756
Postal Station C
St. John's, NL A1C 5P5
Phone: (709) 753-4040
Toll Free: 1-877-753-4040