Dietitians empower their patients, clients, and communities to embrace food, to understand it, and to enjoy it.
The advice and information they provide is tailored to their clients and patients personal needs and challenges, including taste and accessibility. They translate the science of nutrition into terms everyone can understand to support healthy living for all Canadians.
You may not know it, but dietitians are everywhere. Whether collaborating with other healthcare professionals, undertaking scientific research, driving innovation in the food industry, informing public policy, or working with patients and communities across the country, our influence runs deep and it continues to grow.
How to work with a dietitian
1. Find a Dietitian search tool
Use the Find a Dietitian tool on the Dietitians of Canada website to see a dietitian for one on one appointments.
This service is provided to help the public access a registered dietitian. You can search by postal code, city, province, keyword and name.
Dietitians listed with this service work on a fee-for-service basis. If you have employee health insurance, check to see if nutrition counselling services by a registered dietitian are covered. If not, ask your employer to include them.
2. Provincial Call Centres
These provinces have call centres where you can speak with a dietitian at no cost:
In British Columbia
, call 8-1-1
, call toll free 1-877-830-2892 or 204-788-8248 in Winnipeg
, call Telehealth Ontario toll free at 1-866-797-0000.
In Newfoundland & Labrador
, call 8-1-1
3. Community dietitian services
If you have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes, you can ask your doctor or self-refer to a publicly funded Diabetes Education Program.
Your family doctor or specialist may be able to refer you to an outpatient clinic with access to a dietitian.
If you belong to a Family Health Team in Ontario, ask to speak to the dietitian.
Public Health Units and Community Health Centres offer counselling, free programs and workshops with access to a dietitian. Criteria to access these services will depend on the program and organization.
If you receive homecare services, you can call your case manager to see if they can have a homecare dietitian come to the house. A physician's referral is typically not required.
Some grocery stores offer fee for service appointments with dietitians along with some free programming like cooking demonstrations and workshops. Check with your local store.
Last Update – September 20, 2018