Chiropractors are regulated health professionals who are musculoskeletal experts, providing assessment, diagnosis, treatment and preventive care of biomechanical disorders originating from the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractors work mostly in private practices.i
CIHI’s Health Workforce Database (HWDB) collects aggregate-level, standardized data on the regulatory environment, supply, and demographic and education characteristics of chiropractors in Canada.
- Data on chiropractors from 1988 to 2013 is available on request by completing this data inquiry form or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For more information on CIHI’s health workforce data, visit the HWDB metadata page.
Reports and analyses
- Canada’s Health Care Providers: Provincial Profiles, 2013
- Canada’s Health Care Providers — 1997 to 2011: A Reference Guide
In Canada, chiropractors are regulated in all provinces and Yukon (as of 2015).
To practise as a chiropractor in Canada, an individual must obtain a licence from one of the chiropractic regulatory authorities/ministries in Canada. The requirements to obtain a licence are similar across the country but can vary slightly from one jurisdiction to another.
- Hold a doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree from an accredited program
- Pass the Canadian Chiropractors Examining Board National Competency Examination
- Register with a provincial/territorial regulatory body as required
Scope of practiceii
The scope of practice for chiropractors is articulated in provincial/territorial regulatory legislation, which outlines the range of responsibilities that define the boundaries of professional practice.
Chiropractors are highly trained professionals who help individuals with the assessment of conditions related to the spine, nervous system and joints, as well as diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Some of their main functions include
- Communicating a diagnosis
- Identifying the cause of a person’s symptoms
- Providing therapeutic treatment for dysfunctions or disorders arising from the structures or functions of the spine and joints and the effects of those dysfunctions or disorders on the nervous system