Representing Certified Naprapaths 

Across Canada

Who We Are

The Canadian Naprapathic Association (CNA) is the self-governing voluntary body of the naprapathy profession in Canada, committed to improving the health and well-being of Canadian people by informing the public and assuring them of competent and ethical naprapathic care. The CNA examines, registers and supervises certified naprapaths (C.Nap.) in Canada.

Our Vision

  • Improve communication with extended health plan insurers and other third party payers to receive direct billing privileges for certified naprapaths.
  • Strive for approval from the Canadian government for usage of the title of “Dr” for doctors of naprapathy (DN).
  • Promote the profession of naprapathy in Canada and increase name recognition of the profession by the Canadian public.
  • Work towards establishing a doctor of naprapathy (DN) program in Canada within a private or public college or university.
  • Work towards obtaining government regulation in Ontario and other Canadian province and make naprapathy a regulated health profession as defined by the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).

Naprapathy (also known as naprapathic medicine) is defined as a system of specific examination, diagnostics, manual treatment and rehabilitation of pain and dysfunction in the neuromusculoskeletal system.  Read More…


The Canadian Naprapathic Association (CAN) has the following objectives:

  • To develop, establish and maintain standards of qualification for persons to be issued certificates of registration to practice as certified naprapaths (C.Nap.)
  • To develop, establish and maintain programs and standards of practice to assure the quality of the naprapathy profession.
  • To develop, establish and maintain standards of knowledge and skill and programs to promote continuing evaluation, competence and improvement among the member certified naprapaths.
  • To develop, establish and maintain standards of professional ethics for C.Nap.
  • To promote and enhance relations between the Association and its members, other health profession associations, key stakeholders, extended health plan insurers and the public.
  • To develop, establish and maintain standards and programs to promote the ability of C.Naps to respond to changes in practice, environments, advances in technology and other emerging issues.
  • Any other objects relating to human health care the Association considers desirable.


The main responsibilities of the Canadian Naprapathic Association (CAN) include:

  • Developing standards of admission to the naprapathy profession.
  • Establishing standards and guidelines for members’ conduct and practice.
  • Developing programs to help certified naprapaths (C.Nap.) maintain and improve their skills and knowledge.
  • Investigating complaints and reports.
  • Disciplining members who have committed acts of professional misconduct or who are incompetent or incapacitated.

Founder Of Naprapathy

Dr. Oakley Smith was born on January 19th, 1880 to parents named Robert Bankinson Smith, and Ann Beeson Smith on a farm in West Branch, Iowa. He was a strong child until at the age of four years he suffered an attack of scarlet fever which made him weak, pale, skinny, and puny and he remained that way for 16 more years. His Parents took him to doctors from state to state to find something that would improve his health and make him stronger again. He tried different medications, multiple springs of water in different states, and then he was taken to an osteopath and chiropractor and later enrolled into a medical school to find out what was wrong with him. Dr. Smith said if no one else could help him he was going to find out himself what would. Read more…