How To Become An Ayurveda Practitioner In Canada?


By NS Desk 21-Jul-2022

How To Become An Ayurveda Practitioner In Canada?

Being a BAMS graduate opens a wide range of opportunities in the country as well as globally. At the same time, the primary choice is to practice in private or government hospitals or to run a private Ayurvedic clinic.

According to the Press Information Bureau Government of India, The Ministry of AYUSH was mandated to promote and recognize AYUSH in the international practice of medicine. Therefore, they have signed 25 Country-to-Country Memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for cooperation in traditional medicine and homeopathy with foreign countries.

Ayurveda is in its booming stage, and the world has been recognizing this traditional scientific medicine for its health & wellness prospects. however it is also recognized in Canada. After completing BAMS from any reputed organization in India, one can practice Ayurveda as per the guidelines of the Canadian Medical Government.

Process for Ayurveda Licensing in Canada

Applying for the federal skill welfare program (after passing this, you can only migrate to Canada; before this, you can’t)

  • Passing the assessment criteria
  • Migration into Canada as a PR (Permanent resident)
  • Startup clinics in Ayurveda and associated hospitals
  • Ayurveda medicine is not a licensed professional as of now
  • Professional liability insurance has become essential

Let's learn a few essential steps to consider  before becoming an Ayurvedic practitioner in Canada:

Scope of Practice

Scope of practice is a description of what that profession does. The method of Ayurvedic medicine is the assessment of body system disorders through Ayurvedic assessments, techniques, and management using traditional Ayurvedic medicine and therapies to promote, maintain or restore health. It does not allow a practitioner to provide treatments that are outside of the usual practices of practitioners.

E.g., 1 Any form of surgery is not included in this scope of practice.
E.g., 2 Nutritional counseling regarding Ayurveda is permissible, but high dose Vit D is not.
E.g., 3 Counseling regarding Ayurvedic diet & lifestyle is permissible, but marriage counseling is not.

Standard of Practice

Standard of care can also be considered as the provision of services in a continuous approach  with care, as another similar training professionals and experience faced with identical care situations would provide. Minimum job proficiency is required by standards of care.

Professional negligence can be caused by a deviation from the standards of care. If a patient is suffering from a condition beyond the skill, knowledge, or judgment of the practitioner, the practitioner must refer them to another provider.

For example, if a patient had symptoms that suggested advanced cardiac disease etc
Record-keeping- One important aspect of the standard of practice is record-keeping. 

Regulated Health Profession

A license or certificate issued by the regulatory body is required to be employed in a regulated occupation.Each Canadian province and territory is responsible for overseeing the rules and  regulation of professions within their borders. Eg. In British Columbia,Ontario, and Dieticians, Naturopaths can be licensed.

Categories for the Scope of Practice

Ayurvedic Healthcare Counselor
This category comprises a range of Ayurvedic professionals skilled and educated to assist the community in the areas of prevention and health promotion, with a special focus on diets and lifestyle.

Ayurvedic Practitioners
This category includes Ayurvedic professionals that have been trained in clinical pathology. These professionals practice preventive and health promotion, focusing on diets and lifestyle.

Ayurvedic Doctor
This category represents more specialized training in Ayurvedic medicine and overview training in western allopathic medicine to enable this level of professional the skills and knowledge to provide an integrative medical approach to their patients.

NOTE: Individual state licensure regulations may limit the term "doctor."

APNA-CSC-Scope of Practice Categories

LEVEL 1 - Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant - C.A.L.C.
An individual who has obtained this certificate may practice self-healing and guide individuals and groups through educational seminars on the traditional principles and practices of the Ayurvedic way of life.

LEVEL 2 - Ayurvedic Practitioner - Associate Degree in Ayurveda
An individual who has obtained an Associate in Ayurvedic Medicine may guide individuals with imbalances. They create health assessments with the help of practices and principles of Ayurvedic tradition.

LEVEL 3- Bachelor of Ayurvedic Science - B.S. Ayurveda
An individual who has obtained a Bachelor's in Ayurvedic Medicine may provide in-depth guidance to patients with imbalances of doshas using the modalities and Ayurveda philosophy.

LEVEL 4 - Master of Ayurvedic Science - MS Ayurveda
A practitioner with a master's in Ayurvedic medicine may provide in-depth guidance to individuals with imbalances using the modalities and philosophy of Ayurveda.

LEVEL 5-Doctorate of Ayurvedic Science - Ph.D. Ayurveda
The Ayurvedic Doctorate is the highest level of academic education in Ayurvedic Medicine. Doctorates in Ayurvedic medicine are previously trained as clinical doctors in Ayurveda, with additional research training.

“Words of Ayurvedic Association of Canada to future practitioners”

Canadian association of ayurvedic practitioners is a federally registered not-for-profit organization representing Ayurveda in Canada.

We cannot provide immigration support for Indian Vaidyas (BAMS/MD(Ayu)/Ph.D.); you would need to follow your local channel in India to initiate this process. Once you complete the Canadian immigration process and are legally entitled to work in Canada, AAC can offer you peer support and legal guidelines for practice, as the current legal scope of Ayurveda in Canada differs significantly from India.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Question)

Q. Is a BAMS degree valid in Canada?
No. Ayurveda, as a science, is not recognized in Canada or the US. However, the Canadian government grants permission to all BAMS physicians for jobs, clinical practices, and emergency doctors. BAMS doctors are eligible to apply for permanent residency (PR) in Canada.

Q. What is the salary of an Ayurvedic doctor in Canada?
$1,75,000 - $2,75,000  PA.

Q. Does Ayurveda have scope in Canada?
Individuals with post-Ayurvedic practitioner training in Canada have a bright future in Canada. Ayurvedic practitioners from California college of Ayurveda and India, along with the Ayurvedic Association of Canada (AAC), are working to strengthen the Ayurvedic practitioner community across the country.

Q. Which country is best for a BAMS doctor?
Many countries such as Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia offer BAMS jobs. Salary ranges from INR 25,00,000.00-30,00,000. BAMS graduates have bright futures, particularly in the field of medical tourism. Canada, The United States and Australia are some of the countries where you can find BAMS graduates. Ayurveda is gaining popularity.

Q. Is BAMS equal to MBBS?
MBBS is not equal to BAMS, and they are different courses. The MBBS degree course is designed to train a bachelor in modern medicine, and the BAMS degree course is designed to train a bachelor in Ayurvedic medicine.

Q. What is the Name Of ayurvedic University in Canada?
Toronto College of Ayurvedic Medicine in Canada is the only Ayurvedic Institute in North America with Ayurvedic physicians who have been highly trained at several universities and hospitals.

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Disclaimer - The aim of the article is just to convey information to you. Use any medicine, therapy, herb or fruit please do it under the guidance of a qualified Ayurveda doctor.