What is the recommended daily dose of vitamin D for adults in Canada?

December 27, 2018

How much vitamin D should you take? What are the vitamin D recommendations for adults in Canada? We get asked these questions a lot!

How much vitamin D should I take?

Every person’s needs are different, and we cannot recommend dosing to your specific needs. We can, however, provide you with the recommended vitamin D dosing from many groups here in Canada.


Health Canada classifies several groups as at-risk for vitamin D deficiency:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those with little exposure to the sun (ex: those who work inside)
  • Those who wear concealing clothing and/or sunscreen
  • Those with darker skin
  • Those who are obese

Looking for vitamin D recommendations for infants, toddlers to teens, or pregnant women in Canada?

Interested in the guidelines for the UK or US? Click here.

  1. [1] Vitamin D and Calcium: Updated Dietary Reference Intakes. November 30, 2010. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/vitamin/vita-d-eng.php
  2. [2] Canadian Cancer Society. Vitamin D. February 27, 2014. http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/live-well/vitamin-d/?region=on
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