COVID-19: Information for NDs

The College of Naturopaths of Ontario is closely monitoring the evolving situation and is one of many health system partners that are involved in daily teleconferences with the Ministry of Health and that receive daily Situation Reports.  
We will update this webpage as new information becomes available. Our COVID-19 information for the public web page is also updated as needed.
We encourage you to check back often for updates. Recent e-mails to the profession can be found at the end of this page.

Latest Update: Our most recent all-Member e-mails are posted at the bottom of this page. They include the May 27, 2020 update about the amendment to Directive #2 for Health Care Providers and the May 29, 2020 message about the College's COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines for NDs.

COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines

On May 28, 2020 the College issued its COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines. These guidelines, along with the Ministry of Health’s – COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart provide the rules and requirements that must be in place to gradually restart providing deferred and/or non-essential health services to patients. ***Note: This guideline will continue to be updated as warranted and where a discrepancy exists between the College's Guidelines and the government requirements, the government requirements take precedence.  

Read the latest FAQs

Updated Directive #2 from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

On May 26, 2020, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health updated Directive #2 to allow for the gradual restart of deferred and non-essential services by regulated health professionals. Health care providers must comply with requirements set out in the document COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart.

Read the revised Directive and the Health Sector Restart document (PDFs below) for more details.

COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart

On May 26, 2020, the Ministry of Health released the document, COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart, specifying the details and requirements that are discussed in Directive #2. The restart document outlines measures that must be in place for health care providers to begin to provide in-person services.

Read COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart (pdf below).

Virtual Care & Telepractice

Based on the directive issued on May 26, 2020 by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario (CMOH), all non-essential and elective services provided by professionals governed under the Regulated Health Professions Act (including naturopaths) may be provided via telepractice and virtual care. 

Our Regulatory Guidance page discusses Telepractice requirements for Members who choose to provide this. 

Ontario Health Workforce Portal

The Ontario government is taking further action to stop the spread of COVID-19 by actively recruiting health care workers to increase the frontline capacity of hospitals, clinics, and assessment centres. 

The government's Health Workforce Matching Portal enables health care providers with a range of experience to join the province's response to COVID-19. The portal will match the availability and skillsets of frontline health care workers to the employers in need of assistance to perform a variety of public health functions, such as case and contact management.

Reminder: Mandatory Reporting

COVID-19 is a designated disease reportable under Ontario’s public health legislation. Naturopaths have a responsibility to report suspected cases of COVID-19 to their local public health unit.

Member Advertising & Claims About COVID-19

Any statements by naturopaths about the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19 (beyond the information that is available from public health authorities) are inappropriate, potentially harmful, and likely to violate the College's Standard of Practice for Advertising. When brought to the attention of the College, such statements will be forwarded to the Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee for investigation.

The College’s Standard of Practice for Advertising prohibits marketing and/or advertising that is false, inaccurate, reasonably capable of misleading the public, unverifiable, or contrary to the public interest in the practice of the profession.

Read the latest blog post from our Manager of Professional Practice's on Providing immune support to patients during COVID-19.

Guidance Documents & Resources 

There are a number of sources Members may wish to consult for current information about COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health provides regular updates on the status of cases in Ontario for health professionals, and updates for the public. This dedicated web page will be updated every weekday at 10:30 a.m. ET with the most current information on the status of cases in the province. The Ministry’s website also provides specific guidance for health care providers.

Public Health Ontario offers a resource page for health care providers professionals, including best practices.

The Government of Canada’s website provides daily updates on COVID-19 in Canada as well as information about the federal government’s response. 

Public Health Ontario recently hosted a webinar about COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control for Regulated Health Professionals. Click here to view the webinar recording.  

Keeping Members Informed

Below are recently-issued updates, including e-mail messages sent to College Members for whom we have a valid address.