Recognition of the IBCLC profession

How to support the recognition of the IBCLCs

The province of Quebec currently has just over 300 IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) in its territory. Unfortunately, the profession of IBCLC is not officially recognized in Quebec. The AQC wants IBCLCs to be recognized as professional members of the perinatal care team, and has worked for many years to promote the professional recognition of IBCLCs in the public sector and within the MSSS (Ministry of Health and Social Services). More specifically, the AQC believes that it would be optimal if the following actions be taken:


  • The creation of an IBCLC job title within the nomenclature of job titles in the Health and Social Services network;
  • The granting of budgets to the CISSS / CIUSSS for the creation of positions and the hiring of IBCLCs in each Birthing Center and CLSC in Quebec;
  • The addition of IBCLC to the list of authorized medical practitioners for the purposes of the medical expense tax credit;
  • Reimbursement of IBCLC fees by private insurance companies;
  • The implementation of an information campaign to promote the profession of IBCLC amongst the population.

Non-profit organizations support for IBCLCs

The AQC is seeking the support of non-profit organizations for the recognition of IBCLCs in the Quebec public health network.

Click here for more information and instructions on how to send the letter to the ministère de la Santé public et des Services sociaux. (in French only)

Downloadable letter of support from non-profit organizations (in French only)

The AQC thanks you for your support. All together for the recognition of IBCLCs!

Support from the Health Network

AQC has developed tools ready for use by IBCLCs and the public for IBCLCs recognition.


Demande officielle d'appui du réseau de la santé (in French only)

Lettre d'appui aux demandes de reconnaissance des IBCLC au ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (in French only)

(Please send this letter to


Letter to send to your MNA to obtain their support in the implementation of regulation, monitoring and enforcement of the Code and subsequent AMS resolutions in Canada

Letter for your MNA (in french only)

Letters sent to government departments by the AQC recognition committee


Lettre envoyée au ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (in French only)

Lettre envoyée au ministère Revenu Québec (in French only)