Provincial regulatory bodies (also called regulatory colleges) establish the rules and regulations that determine who may practice as a medical laboratory technologist. Their primary role is to protect the public.
CSMLS works in partnership with provincial regulatory bodies but is a completely separate organization.
If you wish to work as an MLT in any of the regulated provinces, you must be registered with the provincial regulatory body. In Canada, all provinces except for British Columbia and Prince Edward Island are regulated; the three territories (Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories) are not regulated. Medical laboratory assistants are not a regulated health profession in Canada at this time.