"Dietitian" - A Restricted Title

In Ontario, "dietitian" is a restricted title under the Dietetics Act, 1991, and only members of the College of Dietititans of Ontario can use this title in Ontario. A person who uses the title and is not a member of the College may be fined up to $50,000 upon conviction of this offence. The Dietetics Act states: 

Restricted titles

7(1) No person other than a member shall use the title "dietitian", a variation or abbreviation or an equivalent in another language.


7(3) In this section, "abbreviation" includes an abbreviation of a variation.In addition, to "hold oneself out" as a dietitian would be considered a breach of the following provision of the Dietetics Act:

Representations of qualification, etc.

7(2) No person other than a member shall hold himself or herself out as a person who is qualified to practise in Ontario as a dietitian or in a specialty of dietetics."

Breach of these provisions is an offence which can be enforced by the College through the courts.

9. Every person who contravenes subsection 7 (1) or (2) is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $25,000 for a first offence and not more than $50,000 for a second or subsequent offence."