LEGAL ORGANIZATION OF ONGIARA COLLEGE
In Ontario, most private colleges are required to register with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. Private organizations are defined as any organizations that do not meet the criteria of ‘public organization’ (controlled by publicly elected or appointed officials and/or in receipt of ongoing financial support from the Ontario government.)
Some programs are not required to seek approval, including those for ‘Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing’. Ongiara College submitted a private college pre-screening form and has received the definition of vocation under the PCCA 2005(category 3232) and therefore do not require approval for our program. This may change once the self-governing regulatory College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario sets standards of practice and entry requirements for this profession. At such time, Ongiara College would go through the process of registration. Despite exemption from registration, Ongiara College voluntarily chooses to follow applicable standards and procedures laid down by PCCA 2005.
Ongiara College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion is in the process of registering as a not-for-profit corporation in Ontario and applying for charitable status in Canada.
The voluntary Board of Directors of Ongiara College is currently talking to interested parties to create the Advisory Committee to the Board, consisting of people with expertise in specific fields e.g. finance, advertising, education, integrated medicine etc. and individuals representing the public interest/local community. The committee will consist of people who are members of the charity but who are external to the day to day running of the college, the practice of acupuncture and unrelated in any way to faculty and staff members.
Once charitable status has been obtained in Canada, members will be invited in different categories and the voting members will appoint subsequent Boards of Directors. Ongiara College students will be able to become non-voting members of this charity.
Charitable status is also being pursued in the US for the Ongiara Foundation. Charitable status in both countries will allow tax exemptions for patrons/donors. Further information and updates are available upon request from the College principal.
DEGREE GRANTING STATUS
Ontario is in the process of establishing a college of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario which will set the standards of practice and entry requirements for the profession. Following advice from the Ministry of Training and Universities, Ongiara College must await the completion of this process before applying for degree status for our program. It is our intention to pursue this at the earliest opportunity.
Our program exceeds the requirements set by the US Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) for a Master’s level program. However, in Ontario it is not legally possible to refer to ‘Master’s level’ in any course documentation, as this implies the granting of a degree irrespective of the end qualification. We are currently obligated by Ontario law to refer to our program as a Professional Diploma of Acupuncture and Moxibustion.