Becoming a member of the OCQ

Admission to the profession of chiropractor is governed by various regulations that set the criteria for obtaining a license to practise chiropractic. These rules vary according to category of applicant.

A) Candidates legally practising chiropractic in another Canadian province or territory

Candidates can apply for a license to practise chiropractic in Quebec if they are legally authorized to practise the profession of chiropractor outside of Quebec, as prescribed in the Règlement sur les autorisations légales d’exercer la profession de chiropraticien hors du Québec (French only).

Along with the application for a license to practise, candidates must include proof of the legal authorization and proof of processing fee payment. Moreover, candidates must complete an exam administered by the OCQ on the laws, regulations and ethical aspects related to practising the profession of chiropractor in Quebec.

Candidates must also provide the OCQ with proof of a valid insurance contract establishing coverage against any liability they or their employees may incur as a result of fault or negligence committed in the practice of their profession.

Processing fee: $150

Exam on the laws, regulations and ethical aspects: $300

B) Candidates with a degree from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

In order to be admitted to the profession and obtain a license to practise, candidates must:

  • have completed their studies in chiropractic and have earned a doctorate degree in chiropractic from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières;

AND

  • have successfully completed the national exams in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation respecting professional examinations of the Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec, as well as an exam administered by the OCQ on the laws, regulations and ethical aspects related to practising the profession of chiropractor in Quebec;

AND

  • provide the OCQ with proof of a valid insurance contract establishing coverage against any liability they or their employees may incur as a result of fault or negligence committed in the practice of their profession.

Processing fee: $150

Exam on the laws, regulations and ethical aspects: $300

C) Candidates with a degree from an educational institution other than Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

It is possible for graduates in chiropractic from outside Quebec to apply for admission based on recognition of equivalence of a degree or education by presenting their file to the admissions committee of the OCQ.

The board of directors will decide at an initial meeting whether or not it recognizes the equivalence, based on the admissions committee recommendation. Candidates will receive a written decision within the next 15 days.

In order to be admitted to the profession, candidates must:

AND

  • have successfully completed the national exams in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation respecting professional examinations of the Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec, as well as an exam administered by the OCQ on the laws, regulations and ethical aspects related to practising the profession of chiropractor in Quebec;

AND

  • have successfully completed the national exams in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation respecting professional examinations of the Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec, as well as an exam administered by the OCQ on the laws, regulations and ethical aspects related to practising the profession of chiropractor in Quebec;

Processing fee: $150

Exam on the laws, regulations and ethical aspects: $300

D) Reregistration on the roll of the OCQ

If you wish to reregister with the OCQ after an absence of less than five years, fill out the following form and send it to the secretary of the OCQ.

By e-mail: info@ordredeschiropraticiens.qc.ca
By mail: 7100 Jean-Talon St. East, Suite 250, Anjou, QC  H1M 3S3

Fee for reregistration on the roll of the OCQ: $500

Radiology permit

Radiology is not automatically part of chiropractors’ area of activity and therefore requires a separate permit. Consequently, candidates must apply for a radiology permit if they plan to carry out this activity as part of their profession.

In order to apply for a radiology permit, candidates must meet the conditions for the issuance of a permit to practise chiropractic (previous section), as well as the conditions prescribed in the Regulation respecting standards for the issue and holding of radiology permits.