Learn about Dietitians
Dietitians believe in the power of food to enhance lives and improve health.
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.
Dietitians are regulated health professionals. To use the title Registered Dietitian (RD), dietitians must be registered with the dietetic regulatory body in the province in which they practice. Dietitians undergo comprehensive and rigorous training, both on the job and in university. Dietitians are held accountable to the highest standards of education and ethics, which means we look beyond fads and gimmicks to deliver reliable, life-changing advice
Not every nutritionist is a dietitian!
To become a dietitian, you need to complete a bachelor of science degree from an accredited university program plus undergo comprehensive and rigorous training, both on the job and in university.
- Dietitians – Training and roles
(November 2016) – This one page bilingual factsheet describes the dietitians' education and varied roles, and highlights that we are regulated, collaborative and evidence-based.
- Interested in a Career in Food and Nutrition? Become a Dietitian!
(September 2016) – This one page bilingual factsheet was designed to use for high school and university career days and with those potentially interested in a career in food and nutrition. It describes the training, education and roles and workplaces of dietitians.
- Dietitians in working in Primary Care are cost effective
(November 2016) – This one page bilingual factsheet provides an overview of what dietitians do and the difference they can make in primary health care environments.
- Dietitians in Cancer Care
(January 2018) – This one page bilingual factsheet explains the role of the dietitian in cancer care.
- Dietitians and Chronic Disease Management
(November 2016) – This one page bilingual factsheet promotes the effectiveness of diet counselling delivered by dietitians in chronic disease management.
- Dietitians in Teledietetics
(January 2018) – This handout promotes the effectiveness of telephone counselling delivered by dietitians.
- Dietitians in Aboriginal Communities
(March 2015) – This resource provides some facts about the nutritional issues of Aboriginal Peoples and describes the differences dietitians can make working collaboratively with communities.
- Principles of Professional Practice
(May 2012) – Registered dietitian members of Dietitians of Canada are committed to the highest level of competence, responsibility, respect and engagement in their work as nutrition professionals. .
Updated March 8, 2018