The chiropractic field is a regulated profession in Canada. You can only call yourself a chiropractor and practice the profession if you are licensed as a full member in one of the provincial or territorial bodies.
The Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards is the national organization that governs the practice. Foreign-trained chiropractors should contact the relevant provincial or territorial regulatory authority for information on assessment procedures.
Before You Immigrate
There are steps that you can take before you immigrate to Canada to improve your chances of practicing your profession when you arrive.
- Attend a Know Before You Go webinar to learn more about life in Canada.
- Attend a Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) seminar for a “pre-departure orientation”.
- Contact the Canadian diplomatic mission closest to you to find out about employment requirements for the chiropractic profession in Canada.
- Contact the regulatory association in the province where you will settle in Canada and inquire about: specific procedures to follow; potential costs; time required to obtain a permit; and, steps involved in the licensing process before and after you immigrate.
- Improve your language skills and enroll in language classes while you’re in your home country. You will need to prove your English or French (depending on your destination province) language competency, or be tested. Even if you’re a good English or French speaker, it’s helpful to improve your language skills, take language classes, and continue them after you move to Canada. You can take on online language self-assessment on the Canadian Language Benchmarks website.
- Check with your provincial or territorial regulatory body to find out what documents you need to bring to Canada, and verify if they need to be translated. You might need to use a professional translation service in Canada.
- Gather and organize your official education, work and identity documents while still in your home country. It will be easier to gather them while in your home country than gathering them after you arrive in Canada.
- Understand how chiropractic is practiced in Canada and familiarize yourself with the laws and legislation that govern your profession in the province where you will settle.
- Know the name of your job in Canada and make a list of potential employers.
- Find out how to get a driver’s license in Canada and apply for it right after you land. A driver’s license will be useful when you get a job, or even to get a job.