The map below indicates which provinces currently regulate the profession of counselling or psychotherapy. Despite the use of “psychotherapist” vs “counselling therapist” professional titles by province, these professions share comparable scopes of practice, standards for professional preparation, continuing education requirements and code of ethics and standards of practice. You can click on each province to learn more about the regulatory status or activities underway.
Provinces in RED currently regulate the profession of Counselling Therapy: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Please note that Alberta is regulated, but the college has not yet been proclaimed.
Provinces in ORANGE currently regulate the profession of Psychotherapy: Ontario and Quebec.
Provinces and territories in BLUE are currently unregulated or in the process of regulation.
Some regulated provinces have title protection, whereas others have both title AND activity protection.
Practitioners moving from one province or territory to another must understand and comply with any practice requirements where they are relocating. Practitioners providing virtual inter-jurisdictional services should comply with the practice requirements where both the practitioner and the client are located as best practice. Practitioners must ensure that their professional liability insurance also provides coverage in the province where they are located (as well as the province where their client is located, if different from theirs).
General considerations on the regulation of counsellors across Canada.