In Canada osteopathy is practised by osteopaths and osteopathic physicians.


Osteopathic physicians are fully licensed to practise the full range of medical care and are fully integrated into the Canadian medical system. Regulation and registration is carried out by the provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons and only graduates of American colleges of osteopathic medicine (DO) are eligible to register as osteopathic physicians. There is a national standard if medical practice that allows for reciprocity among the provinces and terriroties. In Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, only a registered DO is entitled to use the title 'osteopath', 'osteopathic physician' or DO.


The non-physician practice of osteopathy is practised in almost all of the Canadian provinces. For more information, access the provisional association websites available on the websit of the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (see below)


The title 'osteopath' is protected and controlled, in some provinces, by the respective medical regulatory college for physicians and surgeones.




Canadian Federation of Osteopaths

Contact: Nancy Spence (President)

32 Finlay Mill Rd

Midhurst, Ontario



The Canadian Federation of Osteopaths represents six provincial associations across Canada which are in the process of establishing the manual practice of osteopathy as a regulated profession, on behalf of their members, who are educated in the manual practice of osteopathy.


To find out more about the status of osteopathy in different provinces along with details of relevant organisations, click on 'Associations' on the Canadian Federation of Osteopathy's website.




Canadian Academy of Osteopathy


Centre Osteopathique Quebec

Contact: Stephanie Cardinal

2210 Boul. Henri-Bourassa Est, Bureau 103

Montreal H2B 1TB



+1 514 384 1271


College d'Etudes Osteopathiques de Montreal

Contact: Philippe Druelle

7400, Boul. Saint Laurent

Bureau 211

Montreal, Quebec



+1 514 342 2816



Osteopathic medicine:


Candian Osteopathic Association

Contact: Ted Findlay (President)

PO Box 24081

London, Ontario

Canada N6H 5C4


+1 866 294 2503


US-trained osteopathic physicians are not affiliated with the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths. There are no osteopathic medical colleges in Canada.







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