Dietitians provide nutritional and dietary health services to individuals in need of dietary improvement due to personal or health reasons.
The title of dietician is bestowed upon members accepted into the professional—recognized by the Office des professions du Québec [Office of Quebec Professions]—order the Ordre professionnel des diététistes [Professional Order of Dietitians] (OPDQ) that, through their accreditation process, maintain the professional standards of the discipline.
The OPDQ is a historically renowned organization, founded in the fifties, that is actively engaged in their community through their consistent press releases, their professional review: Nutrition – science en évolution, and through their month-long public education initiative: Mars – Mois de la nutrition [March – The month of nutrition], where the order partners up with the Dietitians of Canada and the Dairy Farmers of Canada to educate the general public on dietary health. They also publish annual reports on professional trends to better inform their members on the shifting professional landscape of the dietitician profession.
In order for applicants to become members of the order, they must complete a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or nutritional science, and an internship lasting forty weeks (which is typically part of the university program). To aspiring students, they offer student membership status to students which comes with numerous educational resources and discount privileges for continuing education provided by the order.
According to their website, this designation has an exclusive right to practice dietetics in Québec and is the only option for aspiring dietitians and nutritionists in Québec. However, due to its exclusivity, members of this order will always be consulted for professional positions. However, the application process, expectedly, requires a university degree in nutrition.