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 & yoga.
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