Prospective Members

Scope of Practice

Manual osteopaths; who have a certificate of registration issued by the Ontario College of Osteopathic Rehabilitation Sciences (OCORS) are permitted to provide manual osteopathy treatments in Ontario.

OCORS reminds all manual osteopaths that communicating a medical diagnosis and performing spinal and joint manipulations are controlled & authorized acts in Ontario. Manual osteopaths are not permitted to perform spinal or joint manipulation and to render a medical diagnosis in Ontario, Canada. In Ontario, the word "Osteopath" is reserved for American style osteopathic physicians who perform surgery and prescribe medication. Members can continue to use their degrees such as DOMP, FOCORS, DO, MSc (osteopathy) or BSc (osteopathy) on business cards and letterheads but they cannot call themselves osteopaths. Members either should call themselves manual osteopaths or osteopathic manual practitioners when practicing in Ontario. When billing insurers for treatments, members should not bill "osteopathy or osteopathic treatment"; instead they should bill as "manual osteopathy treatment" or "simply manual osteopathy".

It is mandatory for all OCORS members to obtain malpractice insurance in Ontario. In Ontario, over 95% of insurers pay for manual osteopathic treatments provided by OCORS members and Ontario insurers require members to have malpractice insurance. OCORS is approved by major malpractice insurance providers in Canada. Holman Insurance has specific malpractice insurance designed exclusively for manual osteopaths. To purchase your malpractice insurance please contact them directly at: