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, patients and chiropractic students as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. The content on this page will be reviewed daily and updates will be provided as new information and resources become available.
May 25: Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) now open for applications
May 25: Minister Ng announces hotline to provide small businesses in need with financial planning advice amid COVID-19
May 19: Prime Minister announces expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses.
May 20: Prime Minister announces opening of Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program to protect jobs and help businesses
Resources for Chiropractors
* If you are a member of the CCA, please join our private Facebook Group to connect with colleagues and CCA staff.
Government of Canada
WHO – for healthcare providers
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. Read the news release.
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.
COVID-19 Telehealth: Best Practice Guide
The information provided in the Best Practice Guide was created to help our members set-up telehealth care options. Knowing when it is appropriate to use, when to refer and how to function with telehealth is essential during this pandemic. Telehealth chiropractic visits offer the possibility to help patients who need emergent or acute neuromusculoskeletal care, potentially allowing them to decrease/manage their pain, and avoid the need for an in person visit with a chiropractor or a hospital emergency department visit with its related risk of increased exposure to COVID-19. In many jurisdictions, chiropractors can still treat emergency or urgent patients in-person.
It is for educational purposes only. Note that we are providing the most up-to-date information. In this environment, 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.
Federal Support and Financial Aid Programs
Please note that the information provided is synthesized from the various federal government announcements made on March 18, 2020. Please visit regularly as this page will be updated as additional announcements are made and program details are released.
Canada’s Minister of Finance asked Canadians to communicate directly with their banks to discuss their particular situations to obtain the support they need. The six largest financial institutions in Canada have made a commitment to work with personal and small business banking customers on a case-by-case basis to provide flexible solutions and provide the opportunity for relief on credit products.
After reviewing the Government of Canada’s new Economic Measures to Support Canadians, below is a summary of the measures that may be of benefit to CCA members. Chiropractors and their staff are encouraged to set up a CRA account as soon as possible to facilitate access to financial support programs once implemented in April.
NOTE: The Government of Canada has announced financial support programs and more measures are currently being considered and will be forthcoming. We will monitor and continue to update this page as information becomes available. Members should review program criteria and use their judgment as to which federal financial assistance program is best suited to their needs.
The following is an overview summary of what the Canadian government is doing to help you access federal funding and information. Following it is more detailed information. This page will be updated as new information becomes available so please visit frequently for the latest updates.
As a first step, set up a CRA account if you have not done so as it is one of the best and most secure ways to access federal support and manage your business needs. Please click here to set up a CRA account. A Help and FAQs page offers information to get started. Most chiropractors should be able to qualify for the Emergency Response Benefit announced on March 25, 2020.
Other important sources of information:
- The Government of Canada’s website for businesses has information about supporting your employees and your business. It will be updated as the COVID-19 crisis evolve.
- Download the Canada Business App to find tailored supports to address your specific needs and questions about COVID-19.
- Consult the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s pandemic preparedness guide to help prepare your business in the days and weeks to come.
- Contact your bank as they have committed to support businesses and individuals in a responsible, fair and compassionate way. To help provide some stability for businesses through this time of uncertainty, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement, releasing more than $300 billion of additional lending capacity for Canadian financial institutions.
Quick Links to Government Programs & Resources for Business
- Emergency Response Benefit – overview and backgrounder
- Business Development Bank of Canada – Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs
- Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada
- Export Development Canada COVID-19
- Government of Canada: Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
- On April 15, the government expanded access to CERB eligibility criteria
- April 6 – Applications for CERB are open. For details and to apply, please visit the Federal COVID-19 benefits program portal.
- Starting April 6, if you have not applied for EI, you can apply for the CERB at canada.ca/coronavirus-cerb. If you have already applied for EI, you do not need to re-apply for this benefit.
Note that this timing will have no effect on the approval timing of your application.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit supports Canadians by providing financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who are directly affected by COVID-19. Applications for CERB are now open – to apply please click here.
- CERB is available to everyone except those receiving EI or the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
- It can be received by mail or direct deposit – payments will be received in 3 to 5 days for direct deposit, and in 10 days by mail, from the application submission date
- Recipients will be required to confirm once a month that they are still without a job
- Provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income because of COVID-19 including those:
- Taking care of children or seniors
- People who still have a job but do not receive salary can also access the benefit
- All employees of a business, including the owner, are eligible
CERB will be taxable like EI, but the tax will only be taken during the next income filling.
NOTE: The government is aware of small business owners’ concerns regarding CERB potentially disincentivizing lower income bracket employees from working. Small Business Minister Mary Ng recently noted that CERB is meant to ensure that all Canadians who lost their income due to COVID-19 can afford housing and food, but the government will investigate such concerns once we get closer to the recovery stage.
March 31 CERB FAQ
If I am in practice with my partner/spouse can we both apply for CERB?
Yes. It is an individual benefit.
Is it a taxable benefit?
Not at the point of payment but you will have to claim it in your taxes at the end of the year as income.
Can I apply for the $40,000 loan for small businesses or any of the other emergency credit for small businesses?
Yes, the only restriction is you cannot apply for EI.
Do students qualify for CERB if they graduated and were supposed to start working in March or April?
You will only qualify if you have earned $5,000 in the previous year. If you did not work, you won’t be eligible for this benefit. You will need to apply for student loan forgiveness and engage family support during this period unless the government releases another emergency benefit for students
May 24 – CEBA eligibility criteria have been expanded to include more businesses that are sole proprietorships receiving income directly from their businesses; businesses that rely on contractors; and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends rather than payroll. Read the government announcement for details.
- Provides interest-free loans up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits to help cover operating costs where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.
- $10 000 of the $40 000 CEBA loans will be forgivable if paid back by 2022, allowing businesses that need just a portion of the amount to technically receive a federal financial grant of $10 000.
- Organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019 to qualify.
- Business owners can apply through their banks and credit unions.
- Download our CECRA Frequently Asked Questions document
- Download the CECRA template letter and customize to use with your clinic landlord
- IMPORTANT: Applications for CECRA can be made at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) website.
- Landlords are asked to register on specific days, based on their province or territory of residence in the first days.
- Visit the CMHC website and review the information and application documents in advance where you can also find an overview of the program, sample forms, FAQs, and explains why property owners should apply.
- CECRA will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses for the months of April, May, and June.
- The government will cover 50 per cent of this reduction while property owners (landlords) cover the remaining 25 per cent.
- Small business tenants will be eligible for this program if they are paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues.
- The federal, provincial and territorial governments will work together to implement CECRA.
- The program will further support financing in the private sector through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC).
- BDC can help with the right financing and advice for your business.
- Small Business Loan: Up to $100,000 can be obtained online.
- Working capital loan: Get extra funds to bridge cash flow gaps and support everyday operations.
- Purchase Order Financing: Increase your cash flow to fulfill domestic or international orders with very flexible terms.
- Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus
- Export Development Canada COVID-19
- Bank of Nova Scotia
- Bank of Montreal
- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
- HSBC Bank Canada
- Toronto Dominion Bank
- Royal Bank of Canada
- National Bank of Canada
- Laurentian Bank of Canada
Other Participating Institutions
- Canada Emergency Business Account
- Enables banks to offer $40,000 loans guaranteed by the government to qualifying businesses
- Subject to conditions, the loans will be interest free for the first year and $10,000 will be forgivable
- Additional details to be provided once available
- Improving access to guaranteed loans for small and medium-sized businesses through an additional $12.5 billion funding to Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada
- Deferring GST and HST payments until June 2020 – equivalent to giving $30 billion to businesses
IMPORTANT: CEWS Extension and Changes to Eligibility Criteria
- CEWS will be extended by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020.
- The government will consult with key business and labour representatives in May/June on potential adjustments to the program eligibility criteria, including the 30% revenue decline threshold. The consultation key objectives will be to maximize employment, ensure CEWS reflects the immediate needs of businesses, and support the post-crisis economic recovery.
- The government also intends to propose legislative amendments that better align the treatment of trusts and corporations for the purpose of determining eligibility.
- Read the Extending Eligibility for the CEWS Backgrounder for additional information.
- Wage subsidy covering up to 75% of wages for qualifying businesses will be available for businesses:
- of all sizes (The number of people a business employs will not determine eligibility)
- that have seen at least a 30-per-cent drop (15 per cent in March) in revenues due to COVID-19
- Will cover the first $58,700 that Canadians earn, up to $847 a week to help retain employees
- Applications can be submitted retroactively to March 15
- Read the CEWS backgrounderfor details
- Read the FAQabout the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for employers for up to three months, retroactive to March 18
- Further information on wage subsidies for employers is available on the websiteof the legal firm Fasken. All their COVID-19 bulletins can be found here.
- Eligibility calculated by revenue from this time last year – employers will have to demonstrate that their revenue has decreased by at least 30% compared to the same period last year
- Businesses will be able to use January or February of 2020 as reference points to demonstrate a 30% drop in revenues to qualify. Additionally, businesses only need to show a 15% revenue loss in March. Charities and non-for-profit organizations can include or exclude government funding as they choose.
- Employers will need to attest that they are doing everything they can to pay the remaining 25% of employee wages to qualify. There will be flexibility for businesses that are unable to cover the 25%.
- Eligible employers would be able to apply for the CEWS through the Canada Revenue Agency’s My Business Account portalas well as a web-based application. Details to follow as available.
- Payments will be available in 6 weeks.
- There will be severe consequences for those who attempt to abuse the system.
- Note: The government also offers a 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers for up to three months, retroactive to March 18. Read the FAQ
The government has launched the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator on the CRA website to support you as you prepare to apply for the CEWS. The CEWS calculator will help you determine the amount you can expect to receive. The calculator and detailed information and instructions about who can apply for the subsidy, how eligibility is assessed, and how the subsidy is calculated can be found on CRA’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Web page.
- Employers can use the SUB Program to increase their employees’ weekly earnings when they are unemployed due to a temporary stoppage of work, training, illness, injury or quarantine
- Payments that are registered with Service Canada are not considered earnings and are not deducted from EI benefits
On March 27, the Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight interest rate to 0.25 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly lowered to 0.5 per cent and the deposit rate to 0.25 per cent. This decision is intended to support the Canadian financial system and economy.
- The government launched an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program (IMPP) and will purchase up to $50 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to provide long-term stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders, The goal is to facilitate continued lending to Canadian consumers and businesses, and add liquidity to Canada’s mortgage market.
- Details on CMHC programs can be viewed here.
- CMHC is prepared to further support the liquidity of the financial markets through its mortgage funding programs as necessary.
- The Bank of Canada has announced that it will adjust its market liquidity operations to maintain market functioning and credit availability.
- Canada’s large banks have affirmed their commitment to working with customers to provide flexible solutions, on a case-by-case basis. Support will include up to a 6-month payment deferral for mortgages, and the opportunity for relief on other credit products.
- BMO has introduced a financial relief program with flexible financial relief options for personal and small business customers. To help you with immediate relief, BMO offers up to a 6-month payment deferral on mortgages, loans, credit cards, and lines of credit with no fee (payment will be deferred but interest will continue to accrue) and no changes to account terms.
- Relief programs for personal and business clients who have experienced financial hardship have been created. Some programs are available by self-serve for up to one month, including the possibility to skip a mortgage payment, an auto-loan payment, and/or a personal loan payment.
- Relief options are considered on a case-by-case basis and may include:
- Business loan payment deferrals
- Increases to operating line of credit limits
- Waiving of credit card minimum payments
- Waived fees for new enrollments to cash management solutions
- TD will work with personal and small business customers on a case-by-case basis to provide flexible solutions to help them manage through challenges such as:
- Pay disruption
- Childcare disruption due to school closures; or those facing illness from COVID-19. This support will include up to a six-month payment deferral for mortgages, and the opportunity for relief on other credit products
- Call TD at 1-888-720-0075 for more information.
- CIBC will work with clients on a case-by-case basis to provide flexible solutions to help manage challenges, including up to a 6-month payment deferral for mortgages and the opportunity for relief on other credit products.
- Due to a high volume of calls, CIBC encourages those who are experiencing financial hardship to first complete the bank’s financial assistance form.
- Clients whose individual situation requires immediate attention, such as having a payment due in the next 48 hours, can talk to their CIBC advisor by calling 1-877-454-9030.
- Scotiabank will work with customers on a case-by-case basis to help understand, and hopefully alleviate, financial hardships their clients may be experiencing, including mortgage payment deferrals and relief on credit products.
- If a client, or any member of their family, has become unemployed or experiences a material reduction in income, they may be eligible to qualify for relief measures until September 13, 2020, including
- Mortgage deferrals – clients will not be required to make regular payments on for up to 6 months. During that time interest will continue to accrue.
- Personal Loans or Auto Loans – on unsecured and secured term loans, you can defer up to 3 months of payments.
- Lines of Credit – on unsecured and secured lines of credit, you can defer up to 3 months of minimum payments.
- Credit Cards – on secured and unsecured credit cards, you can defer your minimum payment for up to 3 months.
- To access financial relief, clients should contact their financial advisor or call 1-800-4-SCOTIA.
- Clients directly affected by the current situation and may have difficulty making their payments could be eligible for special measures.
- Measures may include payment deferrals of up to six months on mortgages or longer amortization periods. Special loans to cover living expenses may also be offered.
This program is most suited for administrative staff in chiropractic clinics. It is designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer.
- The Government of Canada will introduce enhancements to the Work-Sharing Program – a three-way agreement that can be negotiated between Service Canada, the employer and the employee to provide EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hour as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers. Special measures include:
- Extension of the maximum duration from 38 weeks to 76 weeks
- Waiving the 30 day wait period for those who have used the work-sharing program in the past.
- Tax filing deadline is extended until June 1st, 2020
- Taxes on individual income and corporation income will not have to be paid until September 1st,2020
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. They have also introduced an Emergency Support Benefit to provide support to workers facing unemployment who are not eligible for EI.
For guidance on how to prepare a Record of Employment (ROE), please visit Employment and Social Development Canada’s online guide at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/ei/ei-list/reports/roe-guide/understand.html
- This guide contains general information about how to complete the ROE. If you are submitting ROEs on the Web and you need technical information, please consult the help instructions on ROE Web or call the Employer Contact Centre at 1-800-367-5693 (TTY: 1-855-881-9874).
- For the most up-to-date information about ROEs, please consult their ROE web pages.
- Benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work.
- The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim
- People claiming EI sickness benefits due to quarantine will not have to provide a medical certificate
- $400 for single adults
- $600 for couples
- $300 more per child will be provided to supplement the Canada Child Benefit Program.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
IMPORTANT: Apply for CESB.
- CESB will provide $1,250 per month from May-August 2020
- Students taking care of others or living with a disability will be able to get up to $2,000 per month
- Current post-secondary students
- Students who graduated in December 2019
- Students who are going to college in September 2020
- Students who are working and make $1,000 or less a month
- Payments made through the CRA
- If you are a student or new grad and do not have a CRA account, set one up here.
Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)
- Students helping in the fight against COVID-19 through volunteering are eligible for$1,000- $5,000
The government is also:
- Doubling federal student grants for 2020-2021
- Creating 76,000 jobs for young people in sectors that need help or are responding to the pandemic
- Investing $291 million for post-secondary students in grants, scholarships, and fellowships
- Providing $75 million in support for Indigenous students
We will provide further information as it becomes available.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a Pandemic Preparedness Guide to support businesses. In addition to the guide, which provides useful info about business continuity and crisis plans and best practices, their website has webinars, toolkits and links to government programs.
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
- May 19: Providing In-person Community Care in BC During COVID-19
- May 19: Providing in-person care during COVID-19: Guidance for registrants
- May 6: BC’s Restart Plan – Phase 2 Guidance in Development
- May 6: CCBC’s COVID-19 Update in Alignment with BC’s Restart Plan
- April 29: Effective Immediately: Standards for In-person Chiropractic Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- April 22: Amendments to Appendix P – Telehealth (COVID-19)
- May 27: Provincial state of emergency extended in COVID-19 response
- May 13: State of emergency extended to support COVID-19 response
- May 13: New programs support jobs, clean up environment
- May 6: Premier outlines plan to restart B.C. safely
- May 5: Province launches digital Emergency Support Services
- May 4: Government creates COVID-19 temporary layoff period
- June 1: B.C. strengthens federal commercial rent program
- June 1: Minimum wage increase takes effect
- May 15: WorkSafeBC guidelines support safe reopening of businesses
- March 27: COVID-19 Action Plan: B.C.’s first steps to support people, businesses
- March 25: Supporting renters during COVID-19
- BC COVID-19 Action Plan
- Resources for employers from WorkSafeBC
- Business continuity & COVID-19: key considerations for small business (pdf)
- BC Economic Development Association COVID-19 resources for businesses
- Small Business BC: COVID-19 Resources
- May 19: Infection prevention and control guidance for health care providers in clinic settings
- March 19: PAIN BC – resources for people living with pain
- 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
- May 7: Notice to members: COVID-19 update
- May 5: Notice to members: COVID-19 update
- May 4: Our Clinics are adjusting to keep you safe
- May 3: COVID-19 Pandemic Practice Directive 05/03
- May 1: Status on Return to Practice plan 05/01
- April 27: Notice to Members – Participate in the member consultation on the draft Return to Practice plan
- May 30: Expanded mental health supports for Albertans
- May 29: Cutting red tape for Alberta job creators
- May 25: New tool available for commercial rent feedback
- May 13: Alberta is ready for relaunch
- May 11: Federal funding for large businesses: Minister Toews
- May 11: Supporting Alberta’s businesses through relaunch
- May 10: Weekly overview of COVID-19 action plan
- May 6: Legislation to help keep the lights on
- May 5: Government enacts utility relief measures to support Albertans
- May 4: Resuming non-urgent surgeries and allied health services
- April 28: COVID-19 modelling data update
- April 24: Rent relief for Alberta’s small businesses
- June 4: Saskatchewan re-opening phase 3 begins June 8
- June 4: Temporary wage supplement program being expanded to included more workers
- May 29: Re-Open Saskatchewan: Guidelines Now Available For Places Of Worship And Child Care Facilities
- May 19: SHA Cautiously Moves Forward As Some Health Services Resume
- May 14: Re-Open Saskatchewan: Phase 2 To Commence May 19, Some Activities Begin Friday
- May 8: Emergency Support Program For Saskatchewan Small Businesses Extended
- May 5: Saskatchewan Health Authority Service Resumption Plan Released
- May 1: Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan Updated, Proceeding On May 4
- May 1: Funding To Encourage Support For Local Businesses
- May 1: Government Announces Supports, Further Travel Restrictions For Northern Saskatchewan
- June 3: Province increasing investment to $5.7 million for Canada-Manitoba job grants in 2020-2021
- May 27: Second phase of restoring safe services plan to begin June 1
- May 27: Second phase of restoring safe services plan to begin June 1
- May 21: Province unveils preliminary draft second phase of restoring safe services plan
- May 15: Province announces further extension of state of emergency
- May 14: Province introduces new, temporary orders under provincial state of emergency
- May 13: Province helps connect Manitoba businesses with PPE
- May 13: Premier’s economic opportunities advisory board established to lead Manitoba’s economic recovery and growth
- May 6: Province supporting students, post-secondary institutions with increased bursary funding
- May 5: Province investing $45 million for Manitoba Seniors to lessen financial burden posed by COVID-19 pandemic
Phone: 416-860-0070 or 1-877-327-2273
Phone: 416-922-6355 or 1-877-577-4772
- May 26: CCO President’s Message #9 re: COVID-19
- May 15: President’s Message #8 re: COVID-19 – Friday, May 15, 2020
- May 15: Guidance for Return to Practice for CCO Members when Authorized by Government
- April 27: President’s Message #7
- April 17: COVID-19 Updates and Directives (telehealth directives)
- April 2: President’s Message #5
- June 2: Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30
- June 1: Ontario Supports Those Struggling with Electricity Bills
- June 1: Ontario Extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for Workers during COVID-19
- May 30: Ontario Provides Consumers with Greater Stability and Predictability with Their Electricity Bills
- May 29: Support for Small Business Tenants and Landlords Now Available
- May 26: Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak
- May 25: Volunteers and Small Businesses Step Up to Help Those in Need
- May 20: Ontario Reduces Financial Barriers to Postsecondary Education
- May 14: Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen – Chiropractors NOT included
- May 12: Declaration of Emergency Extended While Ontario Gradually Reopens the Economy
- May 8: Ontario Supports Job Creators as People Start Returning to Work: Government continues to prepare for the next stages of reopening the economy
- May 7: Ontario Releases Plan to Resume Scheduled Surgeries and Procedures
- May 6: Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19
- May 6: Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19
- Guidance Documents for Health Professionals
- Contact Information for Public Health Units
Phone: 514-355-8540 or 1-888-655-8540
- June 1: Document préliminaire visant la reprise des soins chiropratiques élargis en contexte de pandémie à compter du 1er juin dans tout le Québec
- May 26: Guide synthèse de directives et recommandations pour la reprise complète de l’exercice de la chiropratique en contexte de pandémie (COVID-19)
- May 20: Préliminaire visant la reprise des soins chiropratiques élargis en contexte de pandémie à compter du 1er
juin 2020 dans tout le Québec
- May 13: Mise au point officielle
- May 11: Mise au point officielle
- April 23: Mise au point officielle
- April 21: Mise au point officielle
- June 1: New Gathering Limit, More Steps to Reopen Nova Scotia
- May 27: Province Invests $230 Million to Stimulate the Economy and Create Jobs
- May 27: Next Steps to Reopen Nova Scotia, Support for Businesses Announced
- May 7: New Program Gives Health-care Workers Up to $2,000 Bonus
- May 1: State of Emergency to be Extended
- May 1: Easing of Some Public Health Measures
- April 24: Province Announces Credit, Cash, Support Package for Small Businesses
- April 17: Additional Measures to Help Vulnerable Nova Scotians
- April 17: State of Emergency to be Extended
- April 14: COVID-19 Projections Released, Show Value of Public Health Measures
- April 6: Measures to further help prevent spread of COVID-19
- April 2: Measures to Help, Citizens, Businesses
- May 29: Additional government services and provincial spaces re-open to Islanders
- May 28: Prince Edward Island prepares for Phase 3 of Renew PEI Together plan
- May 25: Public consultation on PEI’s energy legislation moving forward
- May 25: Premier King announces Renew PEI: Council for Recovery and Growth
- May 22: Some government services safely reopen to Islanders
- May 21: Students invited to work with government, businesses to address challenges
- May 14: Province provides update on public services, finances
- May 14: Update on COVID-19 support programs
- May 8: Prince Edward Island eases more COVID-19 restrictions
- May 7: Province announces support for essential workers, small business and fisheries
- April 28: Province outlines plans to “Renew PEI, Together”
- April 27: Return to Practice Recommendations
- Summary of provincial government directives affecting chiropractic
- May 28: Three new cases; second phase of yellow delayed; Zone 5 remains orange
- May 22: Province takes next step in COVID-19 recovery; no new cases reported
- May 20: No new cases of COVID-19; top-up funding for front-line workers
- May 19: Eviction protection ends May 31
- May 14: No new cases of COVID-19; state of emergency extended
- May 8: Province moves to Phase 2 (Orange) of recovery plan; no new cases of COVID-19
- April 29: No new cases of COVID-19; helping businesses with reopening planning
- May 25: Applications Now Available for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program
- May 15: Provincial Government Launches Students Supporting Communities Program
- May 14: Premier Ball and Minister Coady Announce Financial Measures for Electricity Customers
- Newfoundland & Labrador Pain Management
- May 8: Public Advisory: Newfoundland and Labrador to Enter Alert Level 4 May 9
- April 24: Bridge the Gapp – support for wellbeing
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.
Government of Canada
World Health Organization
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
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.”