Current as of May 5, 2019
Type of Regulation Sought: Title Protection
Title Requested: Counselling Therapist
In August 2012, the PEI Department of Health and Wellness circulated draft umbrella legislation for the health professions; the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).
In the Fall of 2012, The Counselling Therapist Chapter of The Prince Edward Island Counselling Association (PEICA) responded to the request for feedback on the umbrella legislation.
On December 20, 2013, the PEI Health Ministry indicated that the RHPA (Regulated Health Professions Act), Bill 42 was passed.
Bill 42 provides consistent licensing, complaint and discipline processes applicable to all designated health care professions.
In addition, the legislation provides criteria for regulation, and a formal application and assessment process for requests for regulation.
Under this new legislation, unregulated health professions can apply to become regulated.
PEICA sent a letter of intent for Counselling Therapists.
PEICA Regulation Committee members met on Feb 23, 2017 with Health and Wellness Deputy Minister Dr. Kim Critchley and Government of PEI Legislative Specialist, Nichola Hewitt.
This meeting established that the organization is entitled to pursue title protection of Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) under the RHPA.
A Letter of Intent as well as application was sent to Minister Robert Henderson March 23, 2017 to pursue title protection and be a regulated profession under the RHPA.
PEI is moving up in the queue of professions who have applied under umbrella legislation (4 of 12 professions are now up and running).
The Regulation Working Group in combination with PEICA, has hired a consultant to assist with the next steps including writing the Bylaws for the College.