Is Homeopathy Legal In Canada?

The re-regulation of homeopathy in Ontario and Canada was the goal of the founder of the Homeopathic College of Canada (HCC) Dr. Fernando Anía. In 1991, he established the first North American Institution(and still the only one) with a four-year full time program for homeopathic education. Dr. Anía’s view was based on The Medical Act (1970), which explained:

“Until a homeopathic medical college for teaching purposes is established in Ontario, candidates wishing to be registered as homeopathists shall possess the supervision of a duly registered homeopathic practitioner."

After the first steps of starting a teaching institution for higher learning of homeopathic medicine in 1992, Dr. Anía created the Ontario Homeopathic Association (OHA) and in 1995 the National Association the Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada (HMCC). In 2001 its regional branch of Ontario, the Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada Ont. was incorporated.

Homeopathy was first introduced to Australia in 1842 and has go through a period of improvements followed by a decline and then a re-emergence in 1973 with the establishment of a teaching institution under the Australian Institute of Homeopathy called Nature Care College in Sydney.

In 1999, a number of medical institutions resigned their role as registering bodies to give way to one National Register for Homeopaths in Australia called The Australian Register of Homeopaths (AROH). In the same year, the Australian government recommended the National Competency Standards for Homeopathy in conjunction with the National Training Authority.

In 2002, health-training package for homeopathy was formulated in conjunction with the homeopathic profession and the federal training advisory body. This bundle defines the standards of homeopathic training for registered homeopathy training bodies. Graduates of the accredited training bodies are entitled for registration with the Australian Register of Homeopaths and are permitted to practice Homeopathy.

In Australia, the biggest practitioner association is the Australian Homeopathic Association (AHA). One their website, it is said that the AHA was founded in 1995 through a merger of the associations of the following associations:

  1. The Australian Society of Homeopaths (Queensland)
  2. New South Wales, South Australia
  3. The Oceanic Homeopathic Research Foundation (Western Australia) which was previously known as the Australian Institute of Homoeopathy formed in 1946.
  4. Victoria/Tasmania branches of the Australian Federation of Homeopaths

In 1997, 2 more associations merged with the AHA:

  1. The Homeopathic Association of New South Wales
  2. The Australian Federation of Homeopathy in Queensland

While the AHA is the main national homeopathic association representing professionals in Australia, and is anestablishing member of the International Council for Homeopathy (ICH), a number of smaller associations also exist, but professional members of all associations must be accredited with AROH, which is the single national accrediting body.

The goals of the AHA:

Offer continuing education for Homoeopaths

Raise the public profile of Homoeopathy

Advance the study and practice of Homoeopathy

Protect and support the interests of Homoeopaths

Uphold unity within the profession

Create national and international links with other Homoeopaths and homoeopathic organizations.

Homeopathy Educations in Australia

The accredited homeopathy schools will be listed under training and education. There is now one accredited course offering a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Homeopathy) degree, through Endeavour College of Natural Health, which has campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth.