Professional Orders & College
The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA) is an organization whose primary mandate is to harmonize the rules and standards of the practice of kinesiology across Canada. It collaborates with the various provincial associations in respect to each of their fields of competence and has more than 4000 direct or affiliated members. Each of the provincial associations is itself a non-profit organization.
We strongly recommend that you become a member of your provincial association, and by doing so, you are then registered with the CKA. If your province does not have a provincial kinesiology association, you can file an application to join the CKA directly.
Membership in the various provincial associations, as well as the CKA, is a voluntary act (except in Ontario) that we highly recommend:
- To strongly represent the development and recognition of kinesiology across Canada.
- For coverage of specific professional insurance and at the best prices available to you.
- To be a member in good standing in order to issue receipts to your clients/patients for reimbursement with insurance companies (insurance companies verify the authenticity of your membership and ensure you meet all the criteria required before
authorizing reimbursement to the insured member for service).
- To access pertinent information provided by the provincial associations.
- To gain the services and features offered (many provincial associations offer complimentary and exclusive services).
To ensure the quality of the professional practice, the CKA and its affiliated partners requires their members:
- To have a university degree in good standing with one of the recognized kinesiology titles
- To respect a code of ethics
- To have passed a professional recognition examination (for some provinces only)
- To participate in continued training
In complying with these requirements, kinesiologists may practice their profession with the title of:
- Accredited Kinesiologist in Quebec
- Registered Kinesiologist in Ontario (authorized title by legislation in Ontario)
- Practicing in British Columbia; Professional in Alberta; Certified in Manitoba, New-Brunswick and Newfoundland-Labrador; and Affiliated Kinesiologist in other provinces.
If you want to practice in Ontario, you must be registered in the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. The College of Kinesiologists of Ontario is the official body that regulates the practice of the profession to protect the public in Ontario. The College was officially recognized by the Legislative Assembly of the province of Ontario in 2007. The OKA is the provincial association whose mandate is to promote and defend the profession, as well as protect the rights to practice kinesiology in Ontario. You can voluntarily become a member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA). In Quebec, the legislative process is ongoing and positive results are expected soon.
Other provinces have also begun the process of legislative recognition. The process takes an average of 5 to 10 years and depends largely on the government.
If you work in a province other than Ontario, you do not have to register with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario or the Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA).
Information sheet - Professionalization - FKQ - 2018