Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and care. Preparation for the practice of Chiropractic is concentrated on three areas: basic training in the biological and health sciences, specialized training in the chiropractic discipline, and extensive clinical training. Becoming a Chiropractor in Canada requires a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education, with the majority completing 8 years including receiving more than 4,500 hours of specialized clinical training. This is all done in no less than 4 years of full-time classroom and clinical instruction at an institution approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada.
Chiropractors are one of only five classes of health care professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations. Chiropractic is regulated by provincial statute. Each province has a regulatory college, established by legislation in the same manner and with the same structure and similar regulations as the regulatory bodies for other health care professions. Regulatory colleges are responsible for protecting the public, setting standards of practice, assuring quality of care is maintained, evaluating and promoting competency and handling disciplinary issues. Ontario’s Chiropractors are regulated and licensed by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.