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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?

While dietitians and nutritionists may offer some similar services, it is important to know the difference between the two so you can make an informed decision when choosing to work with a nutrition professional. Dietitians and nutritionists differ in their education, training and how they are regulated. Here are some key differences between dietitians and nutritionists:

Dietitians:

  • Must complete a four-year undergraduate degree that is accredited by Dietitians of Canada

  • Must complete a 52-week internship program or integrated masters program 

  • Must pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam

  • Regulated health professional 

  • The title "Registered Dietitian" is protected by law

  • Registered Dietitians are mandated to practice using the latest scientific evidence

Nutritionists:

  • In many provinces "nutritionist" is not a protected title, which means anyone can use it regardless of their education and training

  • Length of education and training can vary

  • Not a regulated health profession

Are dietitian services covered by OHIP or MSP?

Private practice dietitian services are not covered by OHIP or MSP. However, many extended health insurance plans offer coverage for dietitian services under "Paramedical Services".

Every plan is different, so make sure to check with your insurance provider to make sure that dietitian services are covered. If you find that dietitian services are not covered, speak to your employer as they may be able to add them into your plan. 

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Are your virtual counselling services PHIPA compliant?

Yes. Only PHIPA compliant video conferencing platforms are used for virtual counselling. 

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