COVID-19 National Resource Centre
As the national association representing Canada’s chiropractic profession, our primary responsibility is to assist our members with managing the impact of the pandemic and to assist them to prioritize the health and welfare of patients in an ever-changing environment. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, you can find accurate, evidence-based information and guidance at your fingertips.
The information that follows is a collection of useful reference resources to help chiropractors as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. The content on this page will be reviewed regularly and updates will be provided as new information and resources become available. Make sure to reference the Webinar section for further information on COVID-19 and return to practice resources. For key data, trends and the status of the pandemic globally, visit the World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Report for weekly epidemiological updates.
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Resources for Chiropractors
Strategies and useful information about practicing in the time of COVID-19, including useful clinic signage and procedures for your practice.
What the Canadian government is doing to help you access federal funding and information. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Access resources and updates from the federal government and your provincial association and/or regulator.
Resources to support you and your patients’ mental health and well-being.
Return to Practice
Provincial and territorial governments are reopening their provinces and territories individually while limiting the risk of the further spread of COVID-19. As part of those efforts, they are including access to healthcare services, including chiropractic, which foresee patients being able to see chiropractors in person. Chiropractic regulatory colleges are participating by aligning their directives with provincial efforts.
Virtual chiro care – telehealth applied to chiropractic
The information provided in the Best Practice Guide was created to help our members set-up virtual chiro care. Knowing when it is appropriate to use, when to refer and how to function with virtual chiro care is essential during this pandemic – and beyond. Virtual chiropractic visits offer the possibility to help patients who need care, potentially allowing them to decrease/manage their pain, and avoid the need for an in person visit.
This guide is for educational purposes only. We are providing the most up-to-date information while recognizing that information and updates are fluid and change depending on your province. It is critical that you check with your provincial regulator about the requirements for the ability to conduct chiropractic visits in this manner. There are many important considerations, such as privacy, consent, billing and insurance coverage that must be taken into account before proceeding.
Return to Care Campaign Assets
In fall 2020, the CCA undertook a paid social media advertising campaign to encourage Canadians to consider visiting a chiropractor or reassure Canadians to return to see their chiropractor if they had stopped because of the pandemic.
Download your copy, which includes the best-performing images to use on you’re on social channels.
Government Aid Programs
The Canadian government continues to operate a number of funding programs aimed at supporting businesses, employees, and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. An overview of available programs can be found here: www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan
If you notice any out-of-date information, please notify the CCA at: email@example.com
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) & Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)
If you continue to experience a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for one of the two subsidies to cover part of your employee wages. The CEWS and CRHP support wages you pay through different phases of your economic recovery. Each claim period, eligible employers can claim either CEWS or CRHP, whichever is higher. For more details about CEWS and CRHP and to compare the two subsidies, please visit the government website.
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Business may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses. Information and deadlines available here.
Support for Businesses
Resources and programs for businesses and their employees, including financial support, loans, and access to credit. Learn more here.
July 30, 2021: Extending Business Support Measures Through the Pandemic
Support for Self-Employed Individuals:
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
Income support for self-employed individuals who are not eligible for Employment Insurance. Learn more here.
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
Income support for self-employed individuals who are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19. Learn more.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
Income for self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child or family member. Learn more.
The Government of Canada has enhanced the Employment Insurance Program by waiving the one-week waiting period and the requirement for a medical certificate for employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits to provide immediate support for workers in quarantine. Details on these changes can be found here.
Click the following links to access resources and updates from your provincial association or regulator.
BCCA employees are working from home. The best way to contact the BCCA is by email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Voicemails left on the main line will be returned as soon as possible.
Phone: 604-742-6470 or 1-877-742-6470
- November 23: Province-wide restrictions: new COVID-19 measures
- November 7: CCBC URGENT NOTICE: COVID-19 Orders and Mandatory Medical Masks
- May 19: Providing In-person Community Care in BC During COVID-19
- May 19: Providing in-person care during COVID-19: Guidance for registrants
- April 22: Amendments to Appendix P – Telehealth (COVID-19)
BC Resources for Health Care Professionals
- BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) resources for health care professionals
- BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC) information on COVID-19
- BC Ministry of Health COVID-19 Self-assessment tool
- August 31, 2021: Provincial state of emergency extended
- August 17, 2021: Provincial state of emergency extended
- August 3, 2021: Provincial state of emergency extended
- July 5, 2021: B.C. shifts to Step 3 of restart plan
- June 22, 2021: State of emergency extended to continue B.C.’s COVID-19 response
- June 22, 2021:Province extends bill supports for BC Hydro customers in financial crisis
- June 17, 2021: Employer reimbursement program launches for COVID-19 paid sick leave
- June 8, 2021: State of emergency extended to continue B.C.’s COVID-19 response
- June 4, 2021: Additional funding for business recovery grant to benefit thousands of businesses
- May 11, 2021: State of emergency extended to continue B.C.’s COVID-19 response
- May 11, 2021: B.C.’s paid sick leave will support workers, reimburse businesses
- August 19, 2021: COVID-19 Update August 19, 2021
- June 24, 2021: COVID-19 Update – June 24, 2021
- May 20, 2021: COVID-19 update – May 20, 2021
- July 13, 2021: Policy VV – Policy on COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control. (update July 11, 2021)
- April 30, 2021: Saskatchewan Extends the Small Business Emergency Payment Program
- April 9, 2021: Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy Extended
- August 24, 2021: PROVINCE EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY
- July 26, 2021: PROVINCE EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY
- June 25, 2021: PROVINCE CONTINUES STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENSION
- June 24, 2021: PROVINCE LAUNCHES NEW $30 MILLION HEALTHY HIRE MANITOBA PROGRAM (WAGE SUPPORT)
- May 28, 2021: MANITOBA GOVERNMENT FURTHER EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY
- May 14, 2021: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR MANITOBA PANDEMIC SICK LEAVE PROGRAM
- May 11, 2021: MANITOBA GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES PAID LEAVE FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS
- May 11, 2021: PROVINCE PROVIDES OVER $75 MILLION FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY NEW PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS
- May 10, 2021: PROVINCE PROVIDES OVER $75 MILLION FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY NEW PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS
- May 7, 2021: MANITOBA LAUNCHES NEW FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PAID SICK LEAVE RELATED TO COVID-19
Phone: 416-860-0070 or 1-877-327-2273
Phone: 416-922-6355 or 1-877-577-4772
- August 26, 2021: Message from the CCO President #17 re: COVID-19 – August 26, 2021
- August 26, 2021: COVID-19 All Updates and Directives
- July 19, 2021: Ontario Helping Small Businesses Establish Online Presence
- July 15, 2021: Ontario Keeping Workers Safe As Province Reopens
- May 7, 2021: Ontario Supports Families, Businesses and Workers during COVID-19
Phone: 514-355-8540 or 1-888-655-8540
- August 17, 2021: Foire aux questions – Vaccination – publiée le 17 août 2021
- August 17, 2021: Diagnostic Express
- August 4, 2021: GUIDE SYNTHÈSE DE DIRECTIVES ET DE RECOMMANDATIONS POUR L’EXERCICE DE LA CHIROPRATIQUE EN CONTEXTE DE DÉCONFINEMENT
- May 28, 2021: Diagnostic Express – COVID-19
- September 3, 2021: State of Emergency Renewed – September 3
- August 20, 2021: State of Emergency Renewed
- August 6, 2021: State of Emergency Renewed
- July 26, 2021: State of Emergency Renewed
- July 12, 2021: State of Emergency Renewed
- July 12, 2021: Nova Scotia Starting Fourth Phase of Reopening
- June 29, 2021: Nova Scotia Starting Third Phase of Reopening, Opening Border to Canada
- June 25, 2021: State of Emergency Renewed
- June 22, 2021: Deadline for Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program Extended
- May 19, 2021: Restrictions Extended into June
- May 14, 2021: Expanded Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program Opens
- May 12, 2021: Access to Paid Sick Leave for Nova Scotians
- May 4, 2021: Supports for Business Available Soon
Nova Scotia Chiropractic Association
Phone: 902 407-4255
Vaccination rollout schedule and when can chiropractors get vaccinated
In November 2020, the federal government’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) released guidance on key populations for early COVID-19 immunization which recommended that healthcare workers not included in the initial rollout should be prioritized in Phase 2. While NACI’s guidance is important, provincial governments determine their own vaccination rollout plans. For this reason, the timing of when you will be able to get vaccinated will vary across the country. We have prepared a link to the vaccination rollout plans for each province that will give you a better idea of when you will be eligible to get vaccinated. Please make sure to visit your provincial immunization strategy portal frequently as the plans continue to evolve based on logistical and other considerations:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Your Mental Health
Canadian Psychological Association Fact Sheets
- Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML
- Psychological Practice and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML
- Working from Home During COVID-19, With and Without Children – PDF | HTML
- Coping With and Preventing COVID-19 – PDF | HTML
Wellness Together Mental Health and Substance Abuse Support Portal
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Support portal helps Canadians obtain credible information and access services that support their mental health and wellbeing, connecting them to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls.
Resources for Patients
Frequently Asked Questions
Chiropractors across Canada are making individual decisions whether to keep their practice open and are staying abreast of recommendations by their provincial regulatory colleges. Individual chiropractors exercise their judgement to determine if they are able to continue to provide care; suspend non-essential care; and/or provide emergency or acute care.
Please call ahead of scheduled appointments and speak directly with clinic staff to see if appointments are continuing.
During this pandemic it is important to adhere to self-isolation if you have recently travelled anywhere outside of Canada. It is also every Canadian’s responsibility to self-identify COVID-19 symptoms as described by the Government of Canada when seeing a healthcare worker and decrease the risk of transmission to others though self-isolation.
Call to discuss your situation and seek advice. Your chiropractor may be able to recommend another clinic that is open and able to accept emergency or acute care patients.
If your chiropractor has determined it is appropriate for their clinic to close and you need emergency or acute care, you can use our Find a Chiro search function to locate another clinic in your area and contact them to see if they are able to provide the care you require.
If your province has a government toll-free health inquiries line, call them for advice.
Call ahead to ensure the clinic is open and ask what services are being provided.
Patients with compromised health may be asked to stay at home or to attend the clinic in designated low traffic times.
A practical step you can take is to wait outside or in you car for your appointment. Either have staff call you or you call them to determine when your chiropractor is ready to see you.
Chiropractors have been advised to take extra precautionary measures such as:
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning/sterilization processes of medical equipment and tools;
- Introducing sanitization protocols to all clinic touchpoints including, but not limited to, door handles, desks, display units, and payment terminals;
- Enhancing the cleaning and sanitization process for all display frames, mirrors, and sample products;
- Keep doors that are not essential for privacy open to avoid contact with hands;
- Imposing mandatory self-isolation for all chiropractors, other clinic health care providers and staff who have travelled outside of Canada;
- Offering sanitizer dispensers at key location throughout your clinics; and
- Removing all magazines, toys, etc. from waiting rooms.
- For patients with upcoming appointments who are experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or have travelled or been in contact with individuals who have travelled outside of Canada, we request that for your safety and those of others, you reschedule the appointment.
As nobody knows exactly how long this pandemic will affect Canadians, chiropractors rely on the advice of Public Health leaders in their provinces and country as well as the advice of provincial regulatory colleges.
Due to the evolving nature of this global pandemic, office closures are indefinite at this time.
No. The Government of Canada recommends that all travellers from outside Canada self-isolate for 14 days to contribute to the slowing the spread of COVID-19.
There is no credible scientific evidence that chiropractic spinal adjustment/manipulation confers or boosts immunity. Chiropractors should refrain from any communication that suggests spinal adjustment/manipulation may protect patients from contracting COVID-19 or will enhance their recovery. Doing otherwise is potentially dangerous to public health. Chiropractic regulators across Canada are monitoring for such statements and if you see any, contact your province’s chiropractic regulator to let them know.
Resources for Students
- June 30: Student financial assistance application now available
- April 8: Ontario Workforce Matching Portal – healthcare worker/institution matching
All classes, labs, and clinics are being conducted online. Classes and labs will remain online for the duration of the spring semester and the reopening of clinics is to be determined.
As of March 16: D.C. & AOM classes have moved to remote instruction. Access to NYCC campus/facilities is limited to employees only.
The Canadian government announced that it would “place a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals currently in the process of repaying these loans.” The moratorium would last until September 30, 2020.
“Pending parliamentary approval, these measures will become effective March 30, 2020, and will include pre-authorized debits.”