Alternative Health Care includes: acupuncture, cupping, alexander technique, aromatherapy, ayurveda, chiropractic, healing touch, natural health products, homeopathic, massage or massotherapy, naturopathic, reflexology, reiki, therapeutic touch.
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Central Production and Verifications Branch
375-393 University Avenue, 2nd Floor
Harmonized Sales Tax (HST):
Canada Revenue Agency
Registration for HST is optional if you are earning less than $30,000 of sales revenues for the year. You may not charge HST to clients unless you are registered with Canada Revenue Agency.
Some types of health/medical care are HST exempt.
Health Canada-Natural Health Products Directorate
(Regulates use of Natural health products)
The Food and Drugs Act and Regulations set requirements for the production and sale of food and drug products: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/branch-dirgen/hpfb-dgpsa/tpd-dpt/index-eng.php
Health Canada-Health Products and Food Branch
For a list of regulations on starting an Alternative and Complementary Health Care Business in Ontario, please visit: http://www.cbo-eco.ca/en/index.cfm/starting/how-to-start-a/how-to-start-an-alternative-and-complementary-healthcare-business-in-ontario/
Municipal Operating License:
Municipal Licensing & Standards Division
850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd floor
Most businesses will require a “Holistic Practitioners License”. Type of license will depend on services offered.Some alternative therapies are in the process of being regulated by the Municipal Licensing & Standards Division. To get more information as to whether or nota particular alternative therapy is being licensed, please contact the Municipal Licensing & Standards Division.
Zoning Requirements and Sign Permits for your location:
(All inquiries are made in person - contact closest district)
North: 5100 Yonge St., 1st Fl.
West: 2 Civic Centre Court, 1st Fl.
South: 100 Queen St. W., 1st Fl.
East: 150 Borough Dr., 3rd Fl.
- Canadian Healthcare Association, http://www.healthcarecan.ca/
- Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, www.ohcc-ccso.ca/en
- Public Health Agency of Canada, www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
- Canada Business Ontario, www.cbo-eco.ca