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How and where to work in Canada?

To practice Kinesiology in Canada, you must be affiliated and have the appropriate insurance coverage. CKA recommends that you become a member of the Provincial Kinesiology Association (PKAs) in which you wish to practice. Choose a province and contact the PKA.

Eligibility and Competencies will be verified as per their respective registration process. Some province may require that you pass an entry test in addition to continued education requirements and to membership fees.

If you plan to work in Ontario, please consult the Ontario Kinesiology Association ( for more information. In Ontario, since Kinesiologists are legislated, you must also be a member of the College of Kinesiologist of Ontario ( and comply to their requirements.

All Kinesiologist must also be affiliated to the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance. See the section “Become an Affiliated Kinesiologist”



As University-educated health professionals, Kinesiologists apply exercise and movement science to promote health and wellbeing; prevent, manage and rehabilitate injuries; treat illness and chronic disease; restore function, and optimize human performance in the workplace, clinical settings, sport and fitness. Kinesiologists are the only human movement specialists that use science and research to offer movement as medicine to any person with a health or fitness goal, who want a hands-on, personalized approach. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages, and physical abilities, in many settings, to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. They improve quality of life, often using interventions that include physical activity. See below for a  summary diagram:


Kinesiology interventions are varied and target all Canadians, regardless of age or whether or not they are affected with health problems.

The kinesiologist complements other healthcare professionals through their wide range of knowledge and broad scope of practice. Here are some examples of what a kinesiologist brings to the treatment team:

  • - Kinesiologist – provide prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation services in various health facilities including mental health clinics and private clinics.
  • - Kinesiologist – trained in neuromusculoskeletal and functional evaluation
  • - Kinesiologist – trained in ergonomics for workplace and occupational health
  • - Kinesiologist – coach and fitness trainer for high performance
  • - Kinesiologist – promoter of public health
  • - Kinesiologist – clinical manager and coordinator
  • - Kinesiologist – case manager for insurance companies
  • - Kinesiologist – personal trainer and physical conditioning coach
  • - Kinesiologist – researcher
  • - Kinesiologist – lecturer and instructor
  • - Kinesiologist – teacher
  • - Kinesiologist – performing all other actions targeting the promotion of physical activity and the adoption of a healthy and physically active lifestyle

Kinesiology is an evolving profession. Kinesiologists adapt to the changing demands of their clients’ needs.