Osteopathy Canada Member

The Ontario Osteopathic Association is a proud Member of OSTCAN

Osteopathy Canada (OSTCAN) believes that to secure Canadian osteopathy its due respect on a global level, it is critical that Canadian osteopathy be defined in keeping with the highest international standards. It is imperative to align with what is being done in countries that are regulated at the highest educational and professional standards around the world.

Checklist for Safety & Quality of Care

Is your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner safe? Do they provide high quality osteopathic care? Are they a member of a legitimate osteopathic professional association? What do you look for?

Education Standards

All NEW members of the OOA have the following minimum education standard

  • 4 years of osteopathic education at minimum. there are no shortcuts to professional standards, accelerated program cut corners.
  • 4200 hours of total education minimum in those 4 years
  • 1000 hours of Supervised Practical Training. in a dedicated clinical environment that is insured and supervised by Professional Osteopathic Manual Practitioners

Professional Standards

All members of the OOA meet the following minimum professional standard

  • Hold valid malpractice and liability coverage
  • Adhere to OOA Standards of Practice
  • Comply to laws of Ontario
  • CLEAR Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Check
  • Satisfy annual Continuing Education Requirements
  • Completion of Mandatory Safety & Ethics training
  • Ethics & Red-Flags recertification
  • Fraud Prevention Education

Association Standards

The OOA maintains high membership standards with scrutiny

  • Complaints Policy & Procedures in place to protect Patients
  • Anti-Fraud rules in place to protect Insurance Providers
  • Member verification on website
  • Verified physical location
  • Legitimate Legal Representation
  • Legitimate Legal Representation
  • Comprehensive Bylaws & Standards of Practice
  • Educational Institutional Audits by Independent third party education evaluators
  • Entrance Exam to confirm educational outcomes of approved institutions

OOA Quality Assurance Program

Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing education is required to maintain a professional membership in good standing with the Ontario Osteopathic Association. To be eligible for membership renewal each year, a minimum of 12 continuing osteopathic education credits are required.

Please contact for an outline as to how credits may be obtained.

If you wish to offer a course to OOA members, please contact for our Course Approval Criteria.

Partner with the OOA to ensure patients are safe and well cared for.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Osteopathy is not an essential service and all practitioners should stop providing treatment. As OSTCAN has been keeping its members abreast of information since early March, and in keeping with the several notices that have been administered directly to our membership; across Canada it is recommended that all practices close. Members of in Ontario specifically, who do not adhere to the order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act are not complying with the laws of the Province of Ontario. This may result in you being fined and/or imprisoned. It may also result in you being delisted by insurance providers and it is a breach of our Standards of Practice which require you to comply with the laws of the jurisdiction in which you practice (Standard 17), to comply with health and safety legislation (Standard 14) and putting your own interests above your patients' safety (Standard 16). Members remaining open may also be subjected to discipline by the OOA which may result in the revocation of their membership.