Become a Member

The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners only considers applicants who have graduated from a list of osteopathic educational institutions. For more information about education in osteopathy please click here

General Information
On Membership Applications

Please ensure that you only use the current application form that we send you. We will not process applications completed on outdated forms. In addition to a completed application form (available upon request), membership dues,  administration service and/or re-instatement fees,  applicants for Active membership (practicing in Ontario) and Affiliate membership (practicing in another province or territory) are required to submit proof of a minimum of $5 million of provincial osteopathic professional liability insurance per claim and a copy of your diploma or certificate (as proof of successful completion of your educational program).

The OAO reserves the right to see the original diploma or certificate.  We may ask also to see a detailed curriculum and course descriptions from the educational institution that you attended.

In addition, there may be specific requirements, depending on the educational institution that you graduated from, when you graduated, and if you are currently living or working in another province or country. If you graduated from an osteopathic program of study more than two years ago, we may ask for additional information, such as your work history and/or evidence of continuing professional development activities.

The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) is a voluntary not-for-profit organization promoting excellence in the practice of osteopathy. In keeping with OAO’s commitment to the professional development and advancement of osteopathy, the Board of Directors and the Standards Committee are currently reviewing the membership application criteria and process. It has been over three years since the OAO reviewed the board-approved list of institutions. Considering changes and advancements that have taken place within the field of osteopathy, the OAO will not be adding institutions to the list while the criteria is being reviewed. All recommended changes will be presented to the OAO membership at the May 2, 2019 Annual Meeting.

Approval Process

The Membership Committee reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors as to whether an applicant should be approved for membership. Applicants are approved for membership at OAO Board Meetings, by the OAO Board of Directors.  You will need to allow for up to 60 days for the OAO office to process your completed application form and documentation, and, for the Membership Committee to make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. All applications are reviewed for content, consistency and accuracy so please ensure all requirements are met and that your application is complete. Please remember to keep a copy of your completed application.

If you would like an application form, have questions about the application form or specific requirements, please contact us.


Benefits of Active Membership

Be part of a growing association of like-minded colleagues that promote osteopathy and advocate on behalf of the profession! Support your profession and have a voice in the development of the profession. Be part of a thriving and innovative profession that is expanding across Canada, and make a difference in improving patient care and access to quality care.

As a OAO Member you’ll be able to:

  • Receive current news on the profession
  • Receive information on events and invitations to special events, courses and e-newsletters
  • Access the Members’ Only section of our website, containing OAO documents as well as documents and publications from other osteopathy organizations including international organizations
  • Utilize the OAO “link button” to create a direct link from their website to the OAO website
  • Stay up-to-date with what is happening in osteopathy and with your colleagues
  • Receive an invitation to, and have your voice heard at, the OAO Annual General Meeting
  • Vote in the elections, join the Board of Directors (active or inactive members only), or volunteer to be part of a committee and get to know other Osteopathic Manual Practitioners in Ontario
  • Receive a complimentary subscription (four issues per year) to the International Journal of  Osteopathic Medicine, delivered to the address of your choice
  • Receive an official OAO stamp (property of OAO) which contains the OAO trademarked logo, your name and OAO number to be used for your assessment and treatment receipts
  • Obtain a listing on OAO’s “Find a Practitioner” section of the website – your name, city/town,  clinic(s) name(s), address(es) and phone number(s) are available to the public and to insurance companies representatives/third party administrators who can quickly and easily verify that you are a member and reimburse your client for their osteopathy claims
  • Be part of a postal code search capability helps people find your clinic, close to their home or business
  • Receive Member-only discounts on OAO-sponsored courses and events
  • Post an employment/office rental opportunity advertisements and course notices on the OAO website
  • Order member-only brochures which you can use to promote your own practice


We represent you and communicate with external organizations, government, the media and other stakeholders so you don’t have to, advocating on your behalf and representing you to government, insurance companies, health regulatory colleges, associations, the Canada Revenue Agency and others.

We also help potential members understand the profession that they wish to join and ensure that they understand the importance of an osteopathic education. We provide information to members of the public who want to know more about what osteopathy is and what we do. We provide information to the media and assist our members to respond to media requests.