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Jumpstart Your Career 2021 Edition

CONGRATULATIONS NEW GRADUATES!

Dr. Vincent Sinclair
Board Member Emeritus, CMCC

“You have earned the privilege to advance chiropractic to its rightful place in health care.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ToC Hands

Mentoring and Support Anytime You Need It
Organizations partnering to provide you with a consolidated resource in supporting you.

Provincial Contact Information
Contact information for Canada-wide chiropractic organizations and associations.

Ontario Contact Information
Contact information for chiropractic-related organizations in Ontario.

Registration During the COVID-19 Pandemic
CCO policy on considering applications for registration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Grad Checklist
Now that you have completed your studies, take a moment to review the new grad checklist.

Steps to Take After Graduation
Five essential steps all new grads need to take if practicing in Ontario.

Summary Map to Practice
A simple flowchart that maps out directions you can take in your career.

YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS

OCA Membership & Continuing Education Webinars
OCA membership benefits, and customized curriculum on everything from finance, marketing to law, business management and patient care.

CCO Certificate of Registration
CCO’s role and membership.

CMCC Membership & Staying Engaged
CMCC membership benefits, Board of Governors available to you, and reasons to stay engaged.

CCA Membership
CCA membership benefits and resources.

CCPA Membership
CCPA protection and membership benefits.

Jumpstart Your Career PDF for Download

Note: All images used in this guide were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

MENTORING AND SUPPORT ANYTIME YOU NEED IT

PROVINCIAL CONTACT INFORMATION

Provinces/TerritoriesRegulatory BodyProvincial Association
BRITISH COLUMBIA
chirobc.com
bcchiro.com
Career Opportunities:
bcchiro.com/about-us/careers
College of Chiropractors of British Columbia
Contact: 604-742-6470
British Columbia
Chiropractic Association
Contact: 604-270-1332
ALBERTA
albertachiro.com
Career Opportunities:
albertachiro.com/careers 
Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
Contact: 780-420-0932
Alberta College and
Association of Chiropractors
Contact: 780-420-0932
SASKATCHEWAN
saskchiro.ca
Career Opportunities:
saskchiro.ca/classifieds
Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan
Contact: 306-585-1411
Chiropractors’ Association
of Saskatchewan
Contact: 306-585-1411
MANITOBA
manitobachiropractors.ca
Manitoba Chiropractors’ Association
Contact: 204-942-3000
Manitoba Chiropractors’ Association
Contact: 204-942-3000
ONTARIO
cco.on.ca
chiropractic.on.ca
Career Opportunities:
chiropractic.on.ca/news-professional-development/news/classified-ads/ 
chiropractic.on.ca/about-oca/careers
College of Chiropractors of Ontario
Contact: 416-922-6355
Ontario Chiropractic Association
Contact: 416-860-0070
QUÉBEC
ordredeschiropraticiens.ca/fr
chiropratique.com
Ordre des Chiropraticiens du Québec
Contact: 514-355-8540
Association des Chiropraticiens du Québec
Contact: 514-355-0557
NEW BRUNSWICK
nbchiropractic.ca
Career Opportunities:
nbchiropractic.ca/new-members
New Brunswick Chiropractic Association Regulatory
Contact: 506-455-6800
New Brunswick Chiropractic Association
Contact: Contact: 506-455-6800
NOVA SCOTIA
chiropractors.ns.ca
knowyourback.ca
Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors
Contact: 902-407-4255
Council of the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors
Contact: 902-407-4255
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
peichiropractic.ca
Prince Edward Island Chiropractic Association
Contact: 902-894-4400
Prince Edward Island Chiropractic Association Contact: 902-894-4400
NEWFOUNDLAND
AND LABRADOR
nlchiropractic.ca
Newfoundland and Labrador Chiropractic Board
Contact: 709-739-7762
Newfoundland and Labrador Chiropractic Association
Contact: 709-739-7762
YUKON/NWT/NUNAVUTYUKON
Chiro.plra@gov.yk.ca
Yukon Chiropractic Registrar
Contact: 867-667-5111
Yukon Chiropractic Registrar
Contact: 867-667-5111

Membership has benefits!
CCPA protection is available to all chiropractors who belong to their provincial and national associations.


To learn more about the benefits of CCA membership, contact us at 416-585-7902 or
1-877-222-9303, or membership@chiropractic.ca.

ONTARIO CONTACT INFORMATION

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CCACCPAHCAI
Canadian Chiropractic Association
chiropractic.ca
1-877-222-9303 | 416-585-7902
membership@chiropractic.ca
Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association
ccpaonline.ca
1-800-668-2076 | 416-781-5656
admin@ccpaonline.ca
Health Claims for Auto Insurance
home.hcaiinfo.ca
1-888-422-4123
CCEBCMCCOCA
Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board
cceb.ca
403- 230-5997
exams@cceb.ca
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
cmcc.ca
416-482-2340 ext. 146
membership@cmcc.ca
Ontario Chiropractic Association
chiropractic.on.ca
1-877-327-2273 |416-860-0070 oca@chiropractic.on.ca
CCOFSRAWSIB
College of Chiropractors of Ontario
cco.on.ca
1-877-577-4772 | 416-922-6355
cco.info@cco.on.ca
Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario
fsrao.ca
1-800-668-0128 | 416-250-7250
contactcentre@fsrao.ca
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
wsib.on.ca
1-800-387-0750 | 416-344-1000
wsibcomm@wsib.on.ca

REGISTRATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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Chiropractor with patient in masks

CCO Policy on Considering Applications for Registration During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) adopted a temporary registration policy (Policy P-058) to accommodate applicants who were unable to write the May/June CCEB examinations and CCO Legislation and Ethics Examination during the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy was further updated on February 26, 2021 to accommodate applications affected by the cancellation of the February 2021 CCEB Part C examinations.

This temporary policy addresses challenges resulting from the pandemic that prevented new graduates and other applicants from being able to complete the usual registration requirements.

CCO adopted this policy because it recognized:

  • A compelling public interest in ensuring patients’ access to chiropractic services.
  • The value of enabling applicants to keep their competence current at the crucial period of time between completing their education and beginning independent practice.

This policy permits an applicant to be registered in a temporary, General (Provisional) class of registration, if they are unable to complete components of the examination requirements due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This accommodation includes appropriate mentorship and guidance from a CCO member during a new graduate’s transition from completing their education to beginning their independent practice.

Please refer to CCO’s Policy P-058, Policy on Considering Applications for Registration During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For all CCO updates and directives pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, please check its website at cco.on.ca

Please note, Policy P-058 may not be currently applicable if CCEB examinations continue to take place as scheduled. CCO will continue to review this policy in light of any further restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW GRAD CHECKLIST

CONGRATULATIONS CMCC GRAD!!

You are now ready to embark on your career as a chiropractor. This Jumpstart guide gives you helpful information and resources to get you started.

Before you do anything else, take a moment to complete the checklist.

STEPS TO TAKE AFTER GRADUATION

Please follow these steps to ensure academic proficiency, regulatory board compliance and professional protection if practicing in Ontario. If practicing in another province, contact details for provincial associations are listed near the top of this page.

Step 1: Examinations

  • Apply for CCEB Exams – Visit this web page for instructions.
  • CCO exam application
  • Take the CCEB and CCO examinations
    • CCEB Knowledge-Based examinations
    • CCEB Clinical Competency examinations
    • CCO Legislation and Ethics examination

Did you know? CCEB examination results take approximately four weeks to process. Upon successful completion of the CCEB examination and CCO Legislation and Ethics Examination, CCO will send candidates an application form to be completed for membership.

Step 2: For licensing, apply to CCO

  • Get familiar with the key CCO registration requirements and what the registration process involves: www.cco.on.ca

Prospective CCO members must first:

  • Graduate from an accredited chiropractic college (this requirement is non-exemptible)
  • Successfully complete the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) examinations
  • Successfully complete CCO’s Legislation and Ethics examinations

For questions about registration, check this CCO’s Upcoming Examinations page.

Step 3: Apply to OCA

Step 4: Apply to CCA

Did you know? CCPA protection is only available to chiropractors in Canada who are members of the CCA and their provincial chiropractic association.

Step 5: Apply to CCPA

To qualify, make sure to meet this checklist of requirements:

  • A Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from an accredited chiropractic college, such as CMCC, UQTR or University of Western States
  • Successful completion of the CCEB examination
  • Licensure from your relevant provincial regulator
  • Membership in good standing in the Canadian Chiropractic Association and your relevant provincial chiropractic association, such as the OCA
  • Register for membership with CCPA. Visit www.ccpaonline.ca and click “BECOME A CCPA MEMBER” on the top right corner

If you have questions, please call 416-781-5656 or 1-800-668-2076, or admin@ccpaonline.ca

Please Note: Timelines and provisional certification details are accurate as of publication time but could change in response to future COVID-19 developments.

SUMMARY MAP TO PRACTICE

*Note: Review and consider applying for General (Provisional) Class of Registration, if affected by CCEB Part C cancellation.

OCA MEMBERSHIP

OCA logo

The OCA is here for you with support and tools to help you build a thriving practice. We are your voice to tell the story of our profession to the public, other health care professionals and government.

Member Benefits

  • Access to our Member Experience Team (MET), available Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to support you and your team throughout the day: troubleshooting issues and helping you overcome any practice obstacles.
  • Access to OCA Aspire, our enhanced cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution, specially designed for you. OCA Aspire enables you to be connected anytime, anywhere so you can spend more time on what matters most: your patients.
  • Ontario-wide digital advertising campaigns to promote you and advance your profession.
  • Access to OCA Advance, our continuing education (CE) offerings designed exclusively for you. Enjoy free live webinars every Wednesday or on-demand at your convenience.
  • Regular ebulletins to update you on news about your profession, media coverage, OCA Advance CE offerings and other OCA initiatives.
  • Monthly podcasts with practical information to help you enhance patient care, grow your practice and advance the chiropractic profession.
  • Access to the OCA’s Mentorship Program, matching experienced members with early-career chiropractors to share practice strategies, career insights and expert feedback while earning CE credits.
  • Access to collaboration resources to help you approach and work with other health care professionals, business resources to support your practice and clinical resources to share your expertise.
  • Advocacy, health policy initiatives and programs to support you, patients, employers, other health care professionals and advance your profession.
  • Awards  and awards galas to celebrate chiropractic leaders across Ontario.
  • Access to the OCA’s Affinity (Advantage) Partners’ programs to help you save money, build your business or upgrade your knowledge.

How to Join the OCA

Becoming a member is easy! Simply contact the OCA to receive your application, after you have received your license number.

OCA membership program for first-year graduatesPay your annual membership fee or get a free one-year membership and gain valuable professional volunteer experience.

Instead of paying your first-year membership fee, volunteer 20 hours with the OCA:

  • Participate in committees
  • Participate in the implementation of our electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution, OCA Aspire
  • Participate in mentoring programs

OCA CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) WEBINARS

Continuing Ed Webinar

OCA members get free access to one-hour webinars with subject matter experts ready to help kick-start your career by expanding on your business skills and patient care. Remember, every webinar that you complete counts as a structured CE credit.

Tune in to find out what support is available to you to build a successful practice. Your provincial association has resources for you whether you’re looking to attract and educate patients, manage your business or understand your legal obligations – the OCA is here to answer your questions and guide you on your journey.
Watch OCA is Here for You! Webinar

Learn more about the Jumpstart Your Career guide and its highlights, such as steps to take after graduation and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also introduce OCA’s new Understanding Extended Health Care: The chiropractor’s guide to patient support and administrative guidance. This guide includes direct billing registration tools, as well as other resources to help you accurately, efficiently and transparently interact with Extended Health Care (EHC) insurers.
Watch Jumpstart Your Career – Part Two Webinar

In your first five years in practice, you may be paying off school debt, looking for employment, deciding where to live, or thinking about starting a family. This webinar will help you navigate early career decisions that can strengthen your financial future.
Watch Money Talk for New Chiropractors Webinar

In this webinar, the CCPA Claims Team shares stories from real cases to demonstrate how incidents in practice can happen despite our best intentions. You’ll learn about how best practices in record keeping and evaluation can make or break the outcomes of liability cases.
Watch That Couldn’t Happen to Me! Webinar

There’s a lot of competition out there. Learn to cut through the noise by fostering authentic relationships with potential patients and colleagues. This positive approach to networking from Dale Carnegie Training will help you to build confidence and credibility, communicate your value and establish profitable connections. Specific topics of this webinar include “Pitching Yourself with Why Statements” and “3 Strategies to Communicate Your Value.”
Watch Networking and Communicating Your Value Webinar

Joining an established practice can be a great way to launch your career. Everyone starts these relationships intending to be respectful and prosperous. However, as in any business relationship, it is prudent to put the terms of the association down on paper. This webinar will review the basic structure of an associate agreement, critical considerations to bear in mind when negotiating, and a few practical suggestions for common issues that arise.
Watch Teaming Up: Critical Considerations for Associate Agreements Webinar

Many new chiropractors are choosing to open their careers with locums. They offer a great proving ground for clinical skills and a chance to ease into the business side of chiropractic. But they can come with a considerable amount of risk. CCPA will walk you through how to manage that risk.
Watch Livin’ La Vida Locum Webinar

CCPA will present on how to mitigate risk and liability when using EHRs in your clinic. You’ll learn how EHRs can be used for informed consent, roadmaps to care, practice protection and consistently excellent patient care.
Watch Protecting Your Practice and Electronic Health Records Webinar

Back by popular demand, an interactive discussion on how to have difficult diagnosis conversations and address sensitive topics with patients and caregivers.
Watch Difficult Conversations with Patients Webinar

How to prepare and react to economic difficulties. We can’t always predict when things like a global pandemic, recession, or other economic shock happen. But we can be prepared for them when they eventually occur. Tough times don’t last! Let’s talk about how to make sure you do. We won’t be going through government programs in detail, but we will discuss what you can do as a professional and business owner with your savings and financial management.
Watch Alleviating Financial Worry During COVID-19: Managing Your Finances Webinar

Learn how to mitigate your business challenges in the face of COVID-19. This webinar will educate you on your legal obligations as an employer, employee and contractor. As well, it will provide considerations to lessen your business losses. As we face uncertain times, it’s important to consider your commercial leases, financial obligations, professional responsibilities, and the future of your business.
Watch Alleviating Business Worry During COVID-19: Business Preparedness and Perseverance Webinar

The federal and provincial governments have been adapting programs to meet the needs of business owners since the start of the pandemic. New programs are starting in June 2021 and previously announced programs are coming to an end. This webinar will review the programs which are ending and highlight the grants available under the new schemes. Attend this webinar if you would like to learn about qualifying for government financial relief including the wage subsidy and new programs.
Watch COVID-19 Relief Updates Webinar

Learn about the financial supports available to chiropractors through various federal and provincial programs. Ongoing updates to financial relief programs have resulted in confusion about what programs are applicable to chiropractors and if they meet the right qualifications. A review of the various loan options available to business owners will also be covered.
Watch Alleviating Worry During COVID-19: Financial Benefits and Tax Considerations Webinar

In partnership with the Global Spine Care Initiative and a panel of 28 spine care authorities and clinicians from 10 countries on four continents, World Spine Care has developed resources to help clinicians manage their patients’ spinal pain in the time of social distancing. Join us to learn about these resources and how you can continue to support your patients.
Watch Managing Back and Neck Pain During COVID-19: World Spine Care’s Primary Spine Care Clinician Guide Webinar

CCO CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION

CCO logo

The College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) is the governing body established by the provincial government to regulate chiropractors for the public interest. Every chiropractor practicing in Ontario must be a registered member of the College.

CCO’s Role

  • To regulate the profession in the public interest in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, the Chiropractic Act, 1991, regulation and by-laws.
  • To register qualified applicants as chiropractors in Ontario.
  • To maintain a public register.
  • To investigate and review complaints and reports.
  • To conduct discipline hearings.
  • To develop and implement a quality assurance program, which includes self, peer and practice assessment, continuing education and professional development.
  • To develop and maintain standards of practice and professional ethics.

Visit CCO’s website at cco.on.ca for the full scope of their oversight, as well as updates and resources regarding COVID-19.

How to join the CCO

On successful completion of all examination requirements, candidates will receive a letter of successful passing and a registration form and then may apply for CCO registration.

First Time Renewal Discount: You will receive a discount of 50% in your first year of renewal with CCO.

CMCC MEMBERSHIP

CMCC logo

CMCC offers new graduates complimentary membership for your first year after graduation.

Following graduation, CMCC alumni and graduates of other chiropractic programs can access a comprehensive membership benefits program.
Products and services are updated on an ongoing basis and are mainly focused on patient care, continuing education and research. Revenues generated through the program help to offset tuition fees and support CMCC’s operational expenses.

Member Benefits

  • Discounts of up to 13% on orthotics and 10% discount on scanning devices from Footmaxx.
  •  13% discount on orthotics from Footlevelers.
  • Receive a one-time 10% discount on all products in the Supply Centre and Bookstore (cannot be combined with your 5% member discount).
  • Exclusive discounts on live and online courses which are current, relevant and convenient; save as much as 10% on certain courses.
  • Access LibGuides through the CMCC Health Sciences Library on subject areas such as anatomy, neurology, radiology, orthopedics, nutrition, sports medicine, and consumer health; free library research assistance and access to electronic resources not available to private individuals; unlimited free document delivery.
  • Group auto, home, health and dental insurance programs.
  • Access Perkopolis for discounts on entertainment, travel, hotels, apparel, home services, automotive and so much more!

Visit CMCC’s website for a full list of member benefits.

The CMCC Board members in your province are a valuable resource to discuss practice issues or request some career advice. Reaching out with questions or ideas is also a great way to expand your professional network!

Dr. Richard Mercier, Chair
La Sarre, PQ
Phone: 819-339-5333
Email: rmercierdc@chirolasarre.com

Dr. Greg Woolfrey, Vice-Chair
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
Phone: 709-489-4998
Email: woolfmangreg@hotmail.com

Dr. Mark Perrett, Sec-Treasurer
Neepawa, MB
Phone: 204-476-2374
Email: npwchiro@hotmail.com

Dr. Rahim Karim, Past Chair
Toronto, ON
Phone: 416-752-8551
Email: drrkarim@yahoo.com

Dr. Kevyn Kristmanson
Swift Current, SK
Phone: 306-773-3144
Email: kkristmanson@hotmail.com

Dr. Catherine Straus
Waterloo, ON
Phone: 519-579-2430
Email: straus@golden.net

Dr. Natalie Carrington
Black Diamond, AB
Phone: 403-933-3088
Email: drnataliecarrington@gmail.com

Dr. Liza Grant
Courtenay, BC
Phone: 250-334-4844
Email: drliza@grovewellness.ca

Dr. Jason Fox
Halifax, NS
Phone: 902-445-9335
Email: drjasontfox@gmail.com

Dr. Denise Perron
Westmount, QC
Phone: 514-489-0008
Email: dperrondc@gmail.com

Dr. Sarah Williams
Fredericton, NB
Phone: 506-452-1609
Email: drsarah@williamschiro.ca

Dr. Sonia Doroshenko
Dauphin, MB
Phone: 204 638-6642
Email: sdoroshenko@yahoo.com

Dr. Sunyatta Guild
Tottenham, ON
Phone: 905-936-6544
Email: sunyattafguild@gmail.com

Note: CMCC Board up until October 22, 2021.

Primary Contact

Primary Contact is a CMCC publication, distributed twice per year (via regular mail) to all chiropractors across Canada. It provides updates on activities at CMCC such as new technologies, upcoming events, continuing education, alumni news and more.


Annual Homecoming Celebrations

Reconnect with your classmates at Homecoming for a weekend of social activities and continuing education. We look forward to welcoming you back where you began.


Backs in Motion Run/Walk

The Backswing Golf Tournament

These signature fundraising events usually take place in April and September respectively, and represent fun opportunities to remain connected with CMCC and to support the College at the same time.


CMCC Committees

There are a number of board committees which present a good opportunity to remain engaged with CMCC. Please contact board@cmcc.ca.


CMCC hosted events in your province

CMCC hosts events across the country which usually coincide with provincial conventions. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with CMCC and your colleagues.


Contact:

Alumni Relations
416-482-2340 ext. 146
alumni@cmcc.ca

CCA MEMBERSHIP

CCA logo

The CCA is here for our graduates. Our programs are designed to support you throughout your chiropractic journey. Join us and connect with experts and peers to launch and grow your career.

Our vision is that every Canadian has a chiropractor on their healthcare team by 2023. Joining nearly 8,000 chiropractors across Canada shows your commitment to the profession, championing an engaged community and enhancing the patient experience.

Once you are a licensed chiropractor, you will receive a complimentary New Grad CCA membership! 

Member Benefits

  • We show governments, employers and the private health insurance industry why increased access to chiropractic care keeps Canadians healthy and active.
  • We keep you educated with resources and training — including webinars, research findings, government emerging news and more.
  • Access the CCA’s CEO and 2,000+ chiropractors through our private Facebook group
  • Access to Chiropractium, the CCA members’ website and CCA Plus, our member affinity program
  • Access CCPA professional liability protection

Visit Member Benefits to learn more

CCA membership is open to any chiropractor licensed in Canada who is a member in good standing with their provincial association. If you plan to practice in Quebec, please contact Association des chiropraticiens du Québec to register.

How to Join CCA

Visit chiropractic.ca to join today!

 We’ll have your back throughout your career. Together, we are #chirostrong!

Contact your dedicated CCA membership team:

membership@chiropractic.ca | 416-585-7902 | Toll-free: 1-877-222-9303

CCPA MEMBERSHIP

The Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association (CCPA) provides protection to member practitioners in the event of a professional negligence claim.

Member Benefits

  • CCPA protects you with a $5 million per incident limit and an aggregate limit of $5 million per year. CCPA is also here for you during a regulatory board complaint.
  • Annual Risk Management Projects provide you with free continuing education that empowers you to protect your practice proactively.
  • Call CCPA any time – even before a claim is filed – for advice and support to help you manage risk in your practice.
  • New graduates are eligible for substantial discounts during their first five years after graduation.

How to Join CCPA

Here’s another easy one!
Visit ccpaonline.ca and click “BECOME A CCPA MEMBER” on the top right corner.
Prospective members are welcome to contact CCPA for pricing details.

One of the things that sets us apart from other insurers is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that when you call CCPA, someone will listen and do all they can to help.

During the pandemic, we’re no different. Even if you do become involved in an incident involving COVID-19, CCPA will be in a position to support you.

DOWNLOAD THE JUMPSTART GUIDE

You can also download a PDF version of the 2021 Jumpstart Your Career Guide!

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