Vote of No Confidence in Ontario's TCM Regulatory body! Compensation for loss of work!
  • Petitioned Hon. Michael Chan

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Hon. Michael Chan
Premier of Ontario
Hon. Kathleen Wynne
Commissioner, Office of the Fairness Commissioner
Hon. Jean Augustine
Ministry of Labour
Hon. Yasir Naqvi
Registrar, Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese
Emily Cheung
Critic, Health; Deputy Leader, Official Opposition (PC)
Christine Elliott
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario
Deborah Matthews, Ontario Minister of Health
Critic, Health and Long-Term Care
France Gélinas

Vote of No Confidence in Ontario's TCM Regulatory body! Compensation for loss of work!

    1. Acupuncturist Solidarity
    2. Petition by

      Acupuncturist Solidarity

      Toronto, Canada


We, TCM Practitioners, Patients and Members of the Ontario Public (the Stakeholders), do hereby declare that we have lost all confidence in the Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (TC-CTCMPAO) to perform their duties in the best interest of the practitioners, the profession, and the public. 


With April 1, 2013 come and gone, most of Ontario's highly trained Acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, and our over one million patients, are in legal limbo. Our livelihoods and our patients' health care are uncertain, as the Transitional Council has so severely mismanaged the regulation process. We still have to pay our rents, staff, and insurance; yet we cannot earn income.

Hundreds of applications that were submitted on time remain unprocessed (with cheques cashed). The Jurisprudence and Safety exams have been full, with hundreds of practitioners left waiting indefinitely for the next sitting. Phone calls and emails to the Ministry of Health and Transitional Council have been left unanswered. 

We already petitioned with widespread support (over 50% of stakeholders) the legitimate concerns regarding: unrealistic timelines, language barriers, and a mismanaged and discriminatory registration process. Yet the Ministry of Health's and Transitional Council's responses have been to simply reiterate consequences for non-compliance. Both parties direct complaints to the other, and refuse to take direct responsibility.

Dissolve the current Transitional Council for its gross incompetence and mismanagement!  Compensate us for losing income due to poor governance!  Respect our right to work without threats!

[Practitioners or Patients - please document your personal stories in the Comments section, which are sent directly in separate emails to the people we are petitioning.]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Mary Lalonde CUMBERLAND, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      The treatement I have received from my TCM practitioner has significantly improved my health and ability to earn a living.

    • Eric Viegas MARKHAM, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      People should have easy access to the modalities that treat their chronic illnesses.

    • Marie Press WEST CHESTER, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I use acupuncture frequently and want it well-regulated.

    • Ellen Shifrin TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      TCM as practised traditionally, with dignity and with full knowledge of the complexity and inter-relationships of the systems of the human body, must be allowed to flourish in our society. For those of us who have been lucky enough to benefit from the true practice of TCM, we know how valuable it is - it's not just another tool in some westerner's tool box; it must be treated with the respect it deserves.

    • cindy lau TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm a strong believer in TCM because this is the way we were brought up since our childhood. Taking a few years in studying the TCM courses as my interest, I find the new regulation in this regard is definitely a death sentence to those outstanding doctors who simply have the language barrier in their profession. The patients' lives will be jeopardized by those not so qualified but legal in their status, while the experienced reputable doctors will be totally ignored.


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