Membership Information

Our association represents Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists only. Our members are highly qualified massage therapists who have obtained a minimum of 2200 hours of education from a recognized massage school, and manual osteopathic therapists with a minimum 1000 hours from an approved school and have met the requirements laid out for a WHO Type 2 Osteopathic Therapist. We do not grant equivalency for experience.

Clients who receive treatments from the highly qualified members of CMMOTA will be reimbursed by many major insurance companies such as Sun Life Financial, Green Shield, Blue Cross, Manulife and more. Currently Manual Osteopathic Therapists are recognized by Blue Cross and Manulife. That list will continue to grow as our membership base grows.

We currently have members that practice in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Yukon. Our members enjoy the freedom of traveling and working within non-regulated provinces throughout Canada. This removes the hassle of joining new associations in each province.

The membership year for all members is January 1 to December 31. Membership fees for the following year must be paid on or before October 31st of the previous year.

We provide membership options for those actively working in the industry through our Full membership category, membership for students in their second year through our Associate category, and for those who no longer work or require insurance coverage through our Inactive category.

We also have an Honorary membership that is bestowed by the board upon any member or nonmember who has by meritorious service supported the Association and its objectives.

The insurance that is offered exclusively to CMMOTA members is one of the best policies in the industry at one of the best prices. The insurance offered covers Commercial General Liability and Malpractice Liability with the option of additional coverage for equipment, A/R, loss of records, and more.

Not all professional liability insurance is created equally. Reading the following information may be the most important thing that you read this year – what kind of insurance do you have if you’re not with CMMOTA?

We often receive enquiries about CMMOTA’s Professional Liability Insurance, so we wanted to provide you as members with some immensely helpful information, to keep you informed, so that in turn you can inform others if they ask.

The current CMMOTA insurance program gives its members both OCCURRENCE BASED Commercial General Liability (CGL) and OCCURRENCE BASED Malpractice liability coverage.

Commercial General Liability covers property damage or injury to others that may occur while on or around your business premises when you are not directly providing RMT or MOT services to them (for example a client breaks their leg tripping on a loose piece of carpet entering your office). Malpractice Liability provides coverage for injury that directly results from your treatment or failure to provide the correct treatment to the client (ie. you injure a client due to improper treatment).

Occurrence based coverage means insurance would respond to an injury claim that was brought forward, even if it was months or years after the treatment that caused the injury was given, even if the policy has been cancelled.

With a Claims Made based policy, the claim has to be brought forward while the policy is active. As soon as a Claims Made policy goes inactive for any reason, it voids coverage for all past claims. While there are ways to extend the reporting period for Claims Made there is often a cost and a time limit of only a few years for these extensions.

So, for example, for someone going on maternity leave it would NOT be advisable for them to temporarily cancel a Claims Made Based policy as doing so could result in a denial of an injury claim from a past treatment. This would leave the member responsible for paying their own defense costs and any judgments against them. Even in cases where it is unlikely that there will be any judgement against the practitioner, the defense costs can be considerable. This same scenario with the CMMOTA Occurrence Based program poses no such issues as long as it can be shown a policy was in place when the treatment occurred that caused the injury.

Modality List Updated March 2021

RMT Student Membership

Complimentary

Requirements:

To become a student member of the Association the following qualifications must be met:

  • Will be currently enrolled in a first year (1000 hour minimum) recognized massage therapy program that when completed will meet the requirements necessary for an associate membership
  • Will operate within the scope of practice of their current level of training
  • Is responsible for behaving in accordance with the bylaws and objectives of the Association
  • Provide a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check completed within 90 days of applying. Online checks are not acceptable
  • Maintain insurance coverage as required

RMT Associate Membership

$125

Requirements:

To become an associate member of the Association the following qualifications must be met:

  • Will have completed a minimum of 1000 hours of education from a recognized massage therapy program
  • Will be enrolled in a second year (1200 hour minimum) recognized massage therapy program that when completed will meet the requirements necessary for full membership
  • Will operate within the scope of practice of their current level of training
  • Is responsible for behaving in accordance with the bylaws and objectives of the Association
  • Provide a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check completed within 90 days of applying. Online checks are not acceptable
  • Maintain insurance coverage as required

RMT Full Membership

$250

Requirements:

To become a full member of the Association the following qualifications must be met:

  • Be a graduate of a recognized massage therapy program with a minimum of 2200 hours of education
  • Submit proof of certification in Standard First Aid and Level C CPR. Online courses are not acceptable
  • Provide a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check completed within 90 days of applying. Online checks are not acceptable
  • Is responsible for behaving in accordance with the bylaws and objectives of the Association
  • Pay in advance all membership fees as required
  • Maintain continuing education credits as required
  • Maintain insurance coverage as required

MOT Full Membership

$450

Requirements:

To become a full member of the Association the following qualifications must be met:

  • Be a graduate of a recognized manual osteopathic program with a minimum 1000 hours and have met the requirements laid out for a WHO Type 2 Osteopathic Therapist
  • Submit proof of certification in Standard First Aid and Level C CPR. Online courses are not acceptable
  • Provide a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check completed within 90 days of applying. Online checks are not acceptable
  • Is responsible for behaving in accordance with the bylaws and objectives of the Association
  • Pay in advance all membership fees as required
  • Maintain continuing education credits as required
  • Maintain insurance coverage as required

Membership Benefits

RMT members registered with the Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association are covered by all insurance companies.

MOT members registered with the Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association are recognized by the following insurance companies:

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • Saskatchewan Blue Cross
  • Manitoba Blue Cross
  • Manulife
  • Greenshield
  • Sunlife
  • Desjardin Insurance
  • The Co-Operators
  • Johnston Group
  • Chamber of Commerce Insurance
  • Maximum Benefits
  • CINUP
  • Group Medical Services (GMS)
  • Equitable Life
  • ClaimSecure
  • NexGenRX
  • Empire Life

The Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association is pleased to inform you we have partnerships with the following:

  • TD Home and Auto Insurance
  • St. John's Ambulance
  • GoodLife Corporate Wellness
  • Sun Life Financial
  • K-Taping Academy Canada
  • OrthoCanada
  • Seminars for Health
  • SSQ / Dusyk and Barlow Insurance
  • Mark's Work Warehouse
  • Noterro (formerly SOAP Vault)
  • PD Workshops

If you are already a member with us, please contact the office directly for more information on these great partnerships and insurance companies.