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Internationally-trained chiropractorThe National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s reference on occupations. It provides job descriptions, occupational statistics and labour market information.

Finding a job in Canada may be different than in your home country. You may need help to find job vacancies, update your resume, write cover letters, prepare for interviews, and understand what Canadian employers look for.

Credentials recognition

One of the first things you need to do is find out what’s required to work as a chiropractor in Canada. Therefore, contact the provincial or territory regulatory body that governs the chiropractic profession  where you plan to settle in Canada. Do this after you get your immigrant visa and before you arrive in Canada. The regulatory body will advise you on what documents you require and assessment fees.

It’s also important not to rush your application and only do that once you are fully aware of the licensure procedure and the expectations of the regulatory body. Regardless of your education or experience, to practice as a chiropractor in Canada, you need to be licensed.

The Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards assesses academic credentials of chiropractic programs in Canada. Licensure requirements may vary from one province to the other, but internationally educated chiropractors are generally expected to meet the following registration requirements:

  • Complete the graduation requirements from a chiropractic education program accredited or recognized through reciprocal agreement by the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Educational Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards.
  • Submit official copies of all transcripts from an accredited chiropractic educational institution.
  • Provide proof of Canadian citizenship, Permanent Resident Status or Employment Authorization.
  • Complete application and fee.
  • Successfully complete the following examinations:
    • Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) knowledge-based examinations;
    • CCEB Clinical Competency Examinations; and
    • CCO Legislation and Ethics Examination.

For more information on licensure, please visit the provincial regulatory authority website.

Credentials assessment services

If you plan to attend college or university to upgrade your skills, contact the school that your interested in to find out how to apply and what credential assessment agency to use.

World Education Services (WES) – Ontario
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – Alberta
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) – British Columbia

To find more organizations and agencies that provide credential evaluation, assessment and qualification recognition services click here. You can also visit the Foreign Credentials Referral Office for information, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help internationally trained workers like you succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.

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Major employers

The job outlook for the chiropractic profession in Canada is positive. Many jobs are expected to open over the next few years as a result of the ageing population and increased public awareness of health issues. Job opportunities will also be available as more chiropractors retire.

According to 2006 census data, approximately 94% of chiropractors in Canada worked in chiropractic clinics.

You can visit Canada’s Best Diversity Employers website to check for hospitals or healthcare centres that you may be interested in. This special designation recognizes Canada’s best employers for recent immigrants. These employers offer interesting programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.