The Ontario Naturopathic Association (ONA) was established as a non-profit corporation in 1950 for the following purposes and objectives:
- To promote the science, art and philosophy of natural healing for the benefit of humanity and public health;
- To educate the general public concerning the benefits to be derived from Naturopathy and the various branches of natural healing;
- To unite, for their mutual interest, naturopaths in the province of Ontario;
- To foster and encourage professional, social and educational activities among the members of the corporation;
- To encourage the standardization of educational requirements for practitioners of all healing arts; and,
- To acquire and hold assets, both real and personal, for the benefit of its members.
The name was changed to the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) in 1997 to better reflect the mandate of the Association, which is to be the voice and resource for the profession in Ontario.
Originally established by eight Naturopathic Doctors, the OAND now represents over 600 of the province’s registered Naturopathic Doctors and membership continues to grow annually.