Regulation Across Canada

Task Force Updates by Province:

Alberta - Regulation in Process 

  • Formed FACT-Alberta.
  • Application submitted to Ministry of Health in September 2016
  • Revised application submitted in July 2017
  • Workbook submitted to Ministry of Health in July 2017
  • Stakeholder consultation occurred in August 2018.
  • Government is considering legislation in the Fall of 2018 or Spring of 2019.
  • On December 11, 2018, Bill 30, The Mental Health Services Protection Act, was passed. As a result, the professions of Counselling Therapy, Addictions Counselling and Child and Youth Care Counselling were officially included in the Health Professions Act (HPA). A new College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (CCTA) will be formed to provide oversight and accountability, and protect the public when receiving mental health and addiction services.
  • The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA) was formed and they released a major update on their progress towards regulation in March 2019.
  • To read the regulation update in full please click on the image below.







British Columbia - Unregulated

  • Formed FACT-BC
  • Continues to have ongoing discussions with the provincial government.
  • Currently no indication of when regulation may occur.
  • Extensive lobbying with MLAs to be undertaken.

Manitoba - Unregulated

New Brunswick Regulated

  • Proclamation occurred June 1, 2017.
  • Type of regulation - Title Protection.
  • There are several protected titles, such as Licensed Counselling Therapist,  Licensed Career Counsellor, Registered Career Counsellor, Registered Counselling Therapist.

Newfoundland and Labrador - Unregulated

  • Formed FACT-NL.
  • Application reviewed by the Steering Committee and submitted to the NL Ministry of Health on April 20, 2018.

Nova Scotia - Regulated

  • Proclamation on October 11, 2011.
  • Type of regulation - Title Protection.
  • Protected tile - Counselling Therapist.

Ontario - Regulated

  • Ontario proclamation occurred on April 1, 2015.
  • The Controlled Act was proclaimed on December 21, 2017. There will be a two year transition period starting December 31, 2017.
  • CRPO has been mandated by the Minister of Health to provide additional clarification of the Controlled Act. This clarification was delivered to the government in June 2018.
  • The Ontario college continues to participate in the process as part of the government’s advisory committee.

Prince Edward Island - Unregulated

  • The latest information from the government contact is that work will begin on the regulation file in the latter part of 2018.
  • Have been encouraged to work on standards of practice and code of ethics by the government contact.

Quebec - Regulated

  • Statutory regulation of the profession for over fifty years and has recently also enforced regulation of psychotherapy as a protected act and psychotherapist as a protected title.

Saskatchewan - Unregulated

Territories - Unregulated

  • No activity.