Today, there are no government regulations for the manual practice of osteopathy in Ontario
Any future Ontario regulations will have to recognize the difference between 2 types of osteopathy practitioners.
Osteopathic physicians practice in Ontario, and they are recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. However, the training needed to become an osteopathic physician is not available in Canada - these practitioners get their training in the United States. They have a medical degree from a college approved by the American Osteopathic Association. They are licensed physicians who also have osteopathic manual training.
Osteopaths have extensive training in manual osteopathic practice, but they are not medical doctors. They treat patients using manual techniques only. The training needed to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is available in Canada.
To support the development of government regulations, the OPAOM will adopt the education standards for osteopaths that are being developed by the World Osteopathic Health Organization (WOHO). The WOHO was created in March 2003 at a meeting in Ottawa, Ontario . Representatives from 25 countries attended that meeting.