Maintaining the highest standards of orthopaedic care

About the COA

The Canadian Orthopaedic Association is a not-for-profit professional association representing the interests of orthopaedic surgeons in Canada. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of orthopaedic care for Canadian patients by providing our surgeon members with continuing medical education, subspecialty support, knowledge sharing, advocacy platforms, fellowship programs, leadership opportunities and collaboration with other health-care associations.

A National Voice for Orthopaedics

The COA serves as the national voice for orthopaedics when speaking with government and media about issues affecting the profession. The COA also maintains close ties with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as the 17 orthopaedic training programs in Canada. Training, education and qualification of orthopaedic surgeons are within the purview of both our Association and the College.

Ambassadors since 1945

First formed by members of the Montreal Orthopaedic Society in 1943, the COA had its first meeting in Montreal in June 1945 in conjunction with the Canadian Medical Association.

Since its inception in 1945, our elected Executive members have represented the Association as ambassadors to national and worldwide orthopaedic institutions.


The 2024 COA/CORS/CORA Annual Meeting

Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 12-15 at the Halifax Convention Centre


Become a Member

The Canadian Orthopaedic Association consists of members from residency to retirement for orthopaedic professionals. The COA offers membership categories for orthopaedic professionals from residency through to retirement. Apply to join your peers and become a COA member today.

Membership Offerings

Being a member has its perks, members have access to our member’s-only portal for exclusive content, statistics, past newsletters, webinars and industry information you can only receive with membership. In addition, you can pay your membership dues and submit jobs to our Job Board.

News & Media

Canadian Orthopaedic Care Day

Please mark your calendars for next year’s Canadian Orthopaedic Care Day, which takes place on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

Using the hashtags #CdnOrthoDay and #OrthoCareCanada, we encourage not only COA Members but all orthopaedic surgeons regardless of their membership, various health institutions, orthopaedic residency programs, supporting organizations in health as well as all provincial and federal government officials to participate by spreading awareness on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

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The COA and its affiliate societies would like to acknowledge the ongoing support and collaboration received through our industry partners.

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