About the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), a private institution, founded in 1978, provides education and training for naturopathic doctors. CCNM is a not-for-profit federally registered charity with campuses in Toronto, Ontario and New Westminster, British Columbia.
On February 1, 2021, CCNM completed a merger with the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) in British Columbia to establish the Toronto and Boucher campuses of the new Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. With the merger, CCNM is the largest naturopathic medical education provider and the leading research institution in North America.
The College is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), the accrediting agency for naturopathic colleges and programs in Canada and the United States.
About Boucher Campus
In 1999, a small group of naturopaths met for dinner. It was a part of their regular monthly visits where they would compare notes on how their practices were going, new developments, medicines they were testing, new techniques, and the like. The practitioners were passionate about their adopted home of British Columbia and about sharing the benefits of naturopathy. They yearned to start a program on Canada’s West Coast that would elevate the notion that true, lasting health was dependent on the harmony of mind, body, and spirit. That dinner conversation would later be recognized as the beginning of the Boucher Institute, now known as the Boucher Campus of CCNM, and those doctors, its founding members.
Founded on the principles of inclusion, integration, integrity, respect, academic freedom, self-responsibility and innovation, the Boucher campus educates a different kind of physician. One who commits themselves to the ongoing practice of self-reflection and personal growth, one who harbours a passionate belief in the efficacy of naturopathic medicine and who is deeply committed to leading our world toward a more sustainable health-care system.
Named for the late Dr. Joseph Boucher, one of the founders of the National University of Naturopathic Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon and a pioneer in the profession, the Boucher campus welcomed its founding class of 15 students in January 2000. By 2005, the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic had opened its doors to treat the community at large and to act as a practical learning centre for Boucher campus’ student body.
The Boucher campus offers a rigorous four-year program that culminates in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) designation and favours the ohort model of education in order to guarantee small class sizes, familiarity amongst students and staff, personal growth and access to our rich resource collection.
The Boucher campus is currently certified by the Private Training Institutions Board (PTIB) of British Columbia, and is Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designated. The campus is also on the list of approved schools of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).
About Dr. Joseph Boucher
Dr. Joseph “Joe” Boucher was a well-loved naturopathic physician who lived and practiced in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia where he taught and served for years as President and Secretary of NUNM’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Boucher also served as President of the Association of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. and was Secretary for many years. He was a paragon of health and fitness. His practice was truly holistic, blending psychology with natural medicines and exercise. His example is one we hope all of our students will aspire to. While Joe did not live to see this institute’s inception, his legacy lives on in the excellence and dedication of our students and graduates.