The College has received many inquiries related to cross-jurisdictional practice. The most frequently asked questions are addressed below in order to offer some guidance on this topic.


I’m registered as a member of the College. Am I allowed to practise in other provinces/ jurisdictions?

College members who are wondering whether they can provide services to clients who live outside Ontario are advised to contact the regulatory body of the province or jurisdiction where the client is located to determine the requirements of the regulatory body in that province or jurisdiction. Members in this situation are also advised to seek legal advice and contact their professional liability insurance provider before providing services.

I’m registered as a member of the College, but not currently living in Ontario. Am I permitted to provide care and services to clients who live in Ontario?

Members of the College are permitted to practise in Ontario, whether or not they reside here. Practice may include direct or indirect, clinical or non-clinical care or services.

I’m registered as a member of the College and working with a client who lives in Ontario. I would like to contact their family members and other individuals in their support network so that they can provide relevant collateral information to assist in the client’s care. These individuals live in another province. Do I need to register with the regulatory body in that province as well?

Members of the College may decide, as part of their assessment and/or treatment plan, that it would be helpful to contact family members or other individuals who live in another province and have obtained consent from their client to do so. Whether they need to register with the regulatory body in that province as well depends on the nature and purpose of the contact with such family members or other individuals and whether the family members or individuals would be considered to be collateral contacts or part of the client system.  Members are encouraged to contact the College’s Professional Practice Department and the regulatory body in the province in which these family members or individuals reside to discuss this question.

I’m registered as a member of the College and providing couples counselling. One of the individuals lives in another province.  Do I need to register with the regulatory body in that province in order to provide services?

In these circumstances, both individuals are part of the client system.  Members of the College are permitted to provide care and services to clients who live in Ontario. However, since one of the clients lives outside Ontario, members are advised in these circumstances to contact the regulatory body where the other individual  resides in order to determine the requirements of the regulatory body in that province or jurisdiction. Members in this situation are also advised to seek legal advice and to contact their professional liability insurance provider before providing services.

I’m registered as a member of the College and have been asked to provide services to a client whose permanent residence is outside Ontario, and who is living in Ontario temporarily to attend school. Am I permitted to provide services to a client who is living temporarily in Ontario?

Members of the College are permitted to practise with clients who live in Ontario, regardless of whether the client is in Ontario on a temporary or permanent basis. If the client continues to require services after returning to their home province or jurisdiction, members would need to consider the requirements in the College’s Standards of Practice for appropriate termination of services and/or referral. In some instances, members may determine that it is in the best interests of the client for them to continue to provide services; in these instances, members are advised to contact the regulatory body in the province or jurisdiction in question to determine the requirements of the regulatory body in that province or jurisdiction, and to seek legal advice and contact their professional liability insurance provider, before continuing to provide services