Osteopathy Regulation in Ontario & Canada
The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO) is officially certified by the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (formerly HRSDC) and approved to issue the T2202A tax form for tuition credit.
Osteopathy is unregulated in Ontario and Canada. There is no government involvement at the provincial or national level (for any osteopathy college) with regards to education or professional registration. Osteopathy is not covered by government health insurance. Instead, it is covered by private extended health care insurance, as are dentistry, physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic. It is the health insurance companies who regulate the osteopathic profession so to speak. The insurance companies are aware that all osteopathy colleges, schools and associations are not equal and recognize them on their own merits individually, or not at all.
It is imperative to do your research and trust your instincts when selecting an osteopathic school and a professional association. Schools should meet the international standards of education. Professional associations should stand by the members they represent to protect the public.
You should be aware that the titles Osteopath, DO and Doctor of Osteopathy [PDF] are protected by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for exclusive use by American trained Osteopathic Medical School graduates. Canadian osteopathic schools are not eligible to award these titles and they are restricted for use by their graduates. ‘Manual Osteopathic Practitioner’ is the title used by Canadian trained osteopathic graduates.