Our History

Based on a solid tradition, chiropractic has evolved and taken root in Quebec. Not only has it adapted, but it has also created opportunities for excellence in research and clinical practice.

For many years, Quebec chiropractors lobbied for the enactment of legislation that would set out the conditions required to practise chiropractic in Québec.

Their wish was granted in 1973 when the Quebec National Assembly recognized the profession of chiropractor by means of the Professional Code and the Chiropractic Act.

This recognition gives chiropractic a professional order status with an exclusive practice whose main mission is to ensure public protection.

At the time, Dr. André Dionne, Chiropractor, was appointed by the government to the position of First President of the new organization. Under his presidency, the regulations required for the Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec (OCQ) to fulfill its public protection mandate were adopted. Among them were the Code of ethics of chiropractors and the regulations governing professional inspection and the arbitration of accounts. The committees responsible for the application of these regulations and related mechanisms were subsequently established.

Forty-five years later, the OCQ, which comprises nearly 1400 members, pursues its mission with pride.

A long history marked with milestones

Over the years, the profession of chiropractic in Quebec has celebrated several milestones.

The Government of Canada recognizes the Canadian organization responsible for the accreditation of chiropractic educational institutions, which is known today as the Federation of Canadian Chiropractic (FCC).
The Office des professions adopts a regulation regarding radiology permits.
The first edition of the Manuel des chiropraticiens is published by chiropractor Dr. Laurent Boisvert.
The foundation for the development of chiropractic in a university environment is created.
Quebec’s Minister of Higher Education and Science Lucienne Robillard announces the creation of a Doctor of Chiropractic program at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)..
UQTR becomes the first public educational institution in the world to offer a Doctor of Chiropractic program in French.
UQTR inaugurates its chiropractic pavilion.
On February 25, a Quebec Court of Appeal judgment recognizes chiropractors’ right to make a diagnosis.
The Research Chair in Chiropractic (FRCQ-Système Platinum) is launched at UQTR.
A partnership is established with the Fonds de recherche du Québec—Santé (FRQS) to fund chiropractic research.
The current proposal to update the Chiropractic Act is submitted to the Office des professions du Québec.
An institutional research chair in the neurophysiology of pain is created at UQTR.
A Chiropractic Research Chair is created at McGill University.
The OCQ celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Today, the OCQ is pursuing its efforts to update Quebec’s Chiropractic Act.

Did you know?

The 1990s saw two major milestones at the OCQ, namely the establishment of a university program and the creation of a foundation to support research. These major breakthroughs aimed to offer Quebecers high-quality, safe chiropractic care based on scientific research.

The positive impact of these two major achievements continues to raise the credibility and reputation of excellence in chiropractic in Quebec.