In February, 2005 the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care asked the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) to make recommendations as to whether psychotherapists or psychotherapy should be regulated in the province. The purpose of regulating or licensing would be to protect the public. Several jurisdictions already have laws that regulate psychotherapy. These include California, Colorado, Florida, and New York. Other jurisdictions, like Ontario, are considering regulating psychotherapy. These include the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia.