Education, Research, Clinical Care and Practice Support

Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, CMCC is a world leader in chiropractic education and research. As an academic institution, CMCC offers a second entry undergraduate professional degree, postgraduate studies and continuing education programs. Our undergraduate Doctor of Chiropractic program is our largest educational program. 

Additionally, CMCC offers chiropractic care through our growing network of clinics throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Here Year IV students begin their internships under the supervision of expert clinicians, many of whom are specialists.  For more information and to book an appointment, please visit our clinic pages.

The CMCC Bookstore and Supply Centre offers chiropractors and other health professionals equipment and supplies for practice online and instore.  

A not-for-profit, charitable organisation, CMCC receives no direct government funding and relies on tuition, donations and special events for support. CMCC is registered with Canada Revenue Agency, charitable registration number 108075508RR0001.

Our Doctor of Chiropractic Program

The undergraduate program at CMCC is a second entry honours baccalaureate degree program, offered to qualified candidates who have completed a minimum of three years of university level study prior to admission.

CMCC is recognized as one of the most innovative chiropractic institutions in North America, focusing on basic and applied research related to neuromusculoskeletal interactions and the study of chiropractic's role in integrated care and health promotion. CMCC provides chiropractic care for patients in its seven community based teaching clinics throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Our History

CMCC opened its doors on September 18, 1945, welcoming a large class of veterans returning from World War II. It was founded as a Canadian institution that could represent a focal point for chiropractic in Canada. The “memorial” in CMCC’s name is in honour of Daniel David Palmer, the Canadian who founded chiropractic in 1895.

Since its earliest days, CMCC has grown and moved from Bloor Street in downtown Toronto, to 1900 Bayview Avenue (1968-2004) to 6100 Leslie Street. As it is the sole chiropractic educational institution in English speaking Canada, the majority of Canadian chiropractors are CMCC graduates. Having accepted students from around the world, CMCC graduates can also be found in many countries.

Embracing collaboration among educational institutions and health care partners, CMCC continues to contribute research, educational and clinical expertise with partners in North America and abroad. 

Vision, Mission and Accreditation


An academic institution recognised for creating leaders in spinal health


Deliver world class chiropractic education, research and patient care

Strategic Framework

The CMCC Strategic Plan framework, developed in consultation with the Board of Governors, staff, faculty, administration, students and stakeholders, establishes a roadmap to guide CMCC though its next phase of growth and development. It identifies six strategic themes/areas of excellence to shape the development of strategic goals and objectives. These are:

  1. Excellence in teaching and learning
  2. Excellence in support and service for students and employees
  3. Excellence in clinical care
  4. Excellence in collaboration and communication
  5. Excellence in institutional leadership and management
  6. Excellence in research, scholarship and innovation


Since 1986, the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree program of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College has been accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC) of the Federation of Canadian Chiropractic (FCC). FCC is a member of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI), whose other members are the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia Inc. and the European Council on Chiropractic Education. Current CCEC accreditation has been awarded until 2030.

CCEI has established core Model Standards that comprise the essential elements necessary for chiropractic accrediting agencies around the world to ensure that each program they accredit provides quality education so that their graduates can serve as competent and qualified chiropractic practitioners.

In January 2022, the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College was awarded programmatic accreditation by The Council on Chiropractic Education, 10105 E. Via Linda, Suite 103 – 3642, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321, Phone: (480) 443-8877, Website:

In keeping with past practices on limiting the initial period of accreditation to no more than four years, CMCC has been granted accreditation with the CCE-US through 2025.

CCE is the national accrediting Agency for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs within the United States.  Accreditation provides assurances of educational quality and institutional integrity to governments, jurisdictional licensing and regulatory bodies, institutions, professional organizations, students, other accrediting agencies and the public at large. CCE maintains recognition by the United States Department of Education as the national accrediting body for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs and chiropractic solitary purpose institutions of higher education. CCE is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).

CMCC’s undergraduate program meets the educational requirements established for the practice of chiropractic and is recognised by regulatory bodies in all provinces in Canada, in US states and in many other jurisdictions around the world.

For more information:

Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (Federation of Canadian Chiropractic)
604-5657 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3R4
(902) 406-4351

Council on Chiropractic Education (US)
8049 North 85th Way
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-4321
(480) 443-8877

Ministerial Consent

In 2005, CMCC became the first private institution to offer a profession oriented health care degree under the Government of Ontario's Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000. 

CMCC awards a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree, a second entry baccalaureate honours degree, to its graduates. This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (MCU) until May 2030.

Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing/regulatory bodies or other educational institutions).

Educational Position

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College is a signatory to the International Clinical and Professional Chiropractic Education Position Statement

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) Board of Governors announced March 27, 2019, that CMCC had become a signatory to the International Chiropractic Education Collaboration Clinical and Professional Chiropractic Education Position Statement, joining 12 institutions around the world.

The statement, originally formulated as a collaborative effort among several European chiropractic institutions and one in South Africa was formally released at the 2015 scientific meeting of the World Federation of Chiropractic in Athens, and updated in 2017. The statement was developed as a way to provide a cohesive view of how, in the interest of the welfare of the patient, chiropractic education should be of the highest quality and founded on the principles of evidence-based care, with curricula that is responsive to changing patient, societal and community needs and expectations within a modern health care system.

Dr. Rahim Karim, Chair of the CMCC Board of Governors noted, “The Board of Governors has dedicated considerable thought and deliberation to this issue over the past several years, and the final decision to move forward into joining this collaborative effort was unanimously approved at our October 2018 meeting. We feel it is time to make our educational position clear regarding the alignment of our curriculum, research efforts and model of care with our continued emphasis upon evidence-based and patient-centred care.”

Reflecting on this important milestone in the history of CMCC, President Dr. David Wickes commented, “CMCC is committed to continually evolve its programs and realize our vision to create leaders in spinal health. We have undertaken extraordinary efforts over the past few years to emphasize the rapid translation of research into our curriculum and patient care practices, and to forge partnerships with other innovative institutions. Declaring our support for the Position Statement will better enable us to attract the best students and faculty, and to strengthen and build trust with the public, partners and communities we serve.”

Please see:

  • Education Position Statement
  • Backgrounder and Q & A

    CMCC Core Values

    Communication: We communicate frankly and openly with each other. We encourage a learning environment to stimulate the exchange of information and knowledge. We value and support teamwork, co-operation, and timely communication.

    Accountability: Individually and collectively, we take responsibility for our actions and decisions in achieving our goals. We are accountable to ourselves and our colleagues and, in particular, to students, patients and stakeholders whom we serve.

    Respect: We respect every individual. We treat people with fairness and dignity. We benefit from the diversity of people and opinions.

    Excellence: We are committed to the highest standards of quality, exceptional performance at all times and the pursuit of innovation. We strive to create a positive culture that supports a healthy workplace of choice.