I am a Vaidya from India. Will AAC support my immigration process into Canada so I can practice?

No. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any immigration support for Indian Vaidyas (BAMS/MD(Ayu)/PhD), for that you would need to follow your local channels in India to initiate this process. Once you have completed the Canadian immigration process successfully 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 practice of Ayurveda in Canada differs significantly from India. More for information on Immigration Canada’s processes, please visit here: Immigrate To Canada

Is Ayurveda a regulated profession in Canada?

Ayurveda is currently not regulated as a standalone complimentary health care modality, either by the Canadian Government or locally by province. Please check with your local AAC Chapter for specific details as legalities may vary from one province to another. 

Where can I study Ayurveda in Canada?

There are a number of both online and in-person programs varying by geographic region. AAC currently does not endorse or officiate any particular college or institution. We encourage prospective students to perform due diligence and investigative work to determine whether or not a program meets their requirements. Online education is available as well, although Ayurveda is a hands-on modality, and we encourage students to study in person as much as possible.

Are these programs approved by AAC?

While one of AAC’s long-term organizational mandates is to establish clear guidelines for AAC-approved educational standards, our current requirement for professional membership is a minimum of 500 educational hours in a certified program or institution. Once AAC approved educational guidelines are established in a future date, AAC will follow an approval process, certifying the educational institutions. 

What are the membership benefits of being an AAC member? How do I become an AAC member?

AAC provides group professional liability insurance rates for practitioners, as well as support for its membership in the form of conferences, webinars and other resources. For more information on membership benefits, and for applying please visit: Become A Member

What is the average salary of an Ayurvedic Health practitioner or Doctor?

In Canada, Ayurvedic professionals are pioneers and generally must create their own careers and businesses. Ayurveda is in its very early stages of development therefore there is no information available on the average income. 

What are the potential career prospects for Ayurvedic Services within the Canadian Alternative Healing Marketplace?

In Canada, Ayurvedic professionals may choose to orient their careers towards educating the general public and training other health professionals often complementing their careers with health-related professions. Licensed health practitioners such as medical doctors and nurses may choose to incorporate their Ayurvedic studies into their profession. 

How do I start my practice, and how can AAC help me launch my business?

AAC does not currently provide support for small business – Please refer to question above for AAC membership benefits.

I’m a yoga teacher/naturopath/acupuncturist/homeopath/other health care practitioner. Can I incorporate Ayurveda into my existing profession or integrative health practice with clients? If so, how?

In Canada, to be recognized as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by the AAC, a minimum of 500 hours is required with a reputable school. To become a certified AAC professional member one must meet high levels of educational & ethical standards.

Do I need professional liability insurance to practice Ayurveda in Canada? How can I obtain insurance?

Insurance policies vary from province to province. Please refer to your local insurance brokers for additional information regarding health-related professions. AAC offers a group rate on professional liability insurance as part of its professional memberships.