Membership Application Information

We provide the following membership options:

  • Full Membership – for those actively working in the industry through our Full membership categories. 
  • Associate Membership – for massage therapy students who are enrolled in the second year of their program, and who wish to provide treatment outside of a student clinic.
  • Student Membership – for students in their first or second year who are only providing treatment in a supervised setting.
  • Inactive Membership – for those who no longer work or require insurance coverage, or who are taking a break from providing active treatment. 

We currently have members that practice in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory. Our professional liability insurance allows members to enjoy the freedom of travelling and working within all provinces throughout Canada. This removes the hassle of joining a different association. Our members practice all across Canada, from Coast to Coast to Coast. 

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 inquiries 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 judgment 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 for Massage Therapists Updated September 2021

Modality List for Manual Osteopathic Therapists Updated September 2021

Clients who receive treatments from our highly qualified massage therapy members of CMMOTA will be reimbursed by ALL major insurance companies.

Currently CMMOTA Manual Osteopathic Therapists are recognized by the following insurance companies, and this list continues to grow as our membership base grows:

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

The membership year for all members is January 1 to December 31.

Student Member (MT/MOT)

Complimentary

Requirements:

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

  • Enrolled in the first year or second year of a program from a recognized Massage Therapy program at a post-secondary institution that is recognized by the Association, with a minimum of 900 hours of education in Massage Therapy (MT only)
  • Be enrolled in a Manual Osteopathic Therapy program that is recognized by the Association, with a minimum of 1000 hours of post secondary education in Manual Osteopathic Therapy (MOT only)
  • Obtain Insurance coverage through the post-secondary institution or the Association’s broker, or an alternative broker if so required
  • Shall not hold membership in any other Manual Osteopathic Therapist Association, as defined above (MOT only)
  • Shall reside within a Province or Territory of Canada
  • Provide a Vulnerable Sector Check completed within 90 days of applying. Online checks are not acceptable unless completed through a recognized police service
  • Proof that our English Fluency Policy is met (as required)
  • Provide proof of Canadian Citizenship, or Permanent Residency in Canada, or a valid Work Permit permitting the practice of Massage Therapy, or a valid study permit and a valid visitor visa (temporary resident visa) or an electronic travel authorization
  • Provide a current letter of good standing if previously registered with another Association or Regulatory College

Associate Member (massage therapy only)

$125

Requirements:

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

  • Completed a minimum of 900 hours of education from a Massage Therapy program at a post-secondary institution that is recognized by the Association
  • Enrolled in a second year of education from a Massage Therapy program at a post-secondary institution that is recognized by the Association, with a minimum of 1100 hours of education in Massage Therapy and a minimum cumulative total of 2200 hours of post-secondary education upon graduation
  • Provide a Vulnerable Sector Check completed within 90 days of applying. Online checks are not acceptable unless completed through a recognized police service
  • Obtain insurance coverage through the Association’s broker, or an alternative broker if so required
  • Shall not hold membership in any other Massage Therapist Association, as defined above
  • Proof that our English Fluency Policy is met (as required)
  • Shall reside within a Province or Territory of Canada
  • Provide proof of Canadian Citizenship, or Permanent Residency in Canada, or a valid Work Permit permitting the practice of Massage Therapy
  • Provide a current letter of good standing if previously registered with another Association or Regulatory College

Full Massage Therapist, Spa Therapist, or Registered Massage Therapist

$250

Requirements:

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

  • Graduated from a Massage Therapy program that is recognized by the Association, with a minimum of 2200 hours of post-secondary education in Massage Therapy
  • Provide proof of active membership in good standing with the provincially legislated College of Massage Therapy within the jurisdiction in which they practice (Registered Massage Therapist only)
  • Submit proof of a valid certification in Standard First Aid and Level C CPR issued within the past 3 years. Online courses are not acceptable. 
  • Provide a Vulnerable Sector Check completed within 90 days of applying. Online checks are not acceptable unless completed through a recognized police service. 
  • Obtain insurance coverage through the Association’s broker, or an alternative broker if so required 
  • Shall not hold membership in any other Massage Therapist Association, as defined above 
  • Shall work within an unregulated Province or Territory of Canada (Full Massage Therapist only)
  • Shall not hold membership in a provincially legislated College of Massage Therapy within the jurisdiction in which they practice (Spa Therapist only)
  • Shall reside within a regulated Province or Territory of Canada (Spa Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist only)
  • Proof that our English Fluency Policy is met (as required)
  • Provide proof of Canadian Citizenship, or Permanent Residency in Canada, or a valid Work Permit permitting the practice of Massage Therapy
  • Provide a current letter of good standing if previously registered with another Association or Regulatory College

Full Manual Osteopathic Therapist

$450

Requirements:

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

  • Graduated from a Manual Osteopathic Therapy program that is recognized by the Association, with a minimum of 1000 hours of post-secondary education in Manual Osteopathic Therapy or to have graduated from a Manual Osteopathic Therapy program with the minimum 1000-hour requirements from an unrecognized institution and to have passed the Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association’s Manual Osteopathic Therapists Entrance To Practice Exam 
  • Submit proof of a valid certification in Standard First Aid and Level C CPR issued within the past 3 years. Online courses are not acceptable
  • Provide a Vulnerable Sector Check completed within 90 days of applying. Online checks are not acceptable unless completed through a recognized police service
  • Obtain insurance coverage through the Association’s broker, or an alternative broker if so required
  • Shall not hold membership in any other Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association, aas defined above
  • Proof that our English Fluency Policy is met (as required)
  • Provide proof of Canadian Citizenship, or Permanent Residency in Canada, or a valid Work Permit permitting the practice of Manual Osteopathic Therapy
  • Provide a current letter of good standing if previously registered with another Association or Regulatory College

Inactive Member (MOT/RMT)

$125

Requirements:

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

  • Be a graduate of a recognized program 
  • Provide a Vulnerable Sector Check completed within 90 days of applying. Online checks are not acceptable unless completed through a recognized police service
  • Proof that our English Fluency Policy is met (as required)
  • Provide a current letter of good standing if previously registered with another Association or Regulatory College

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
  • Academy of Integrative Medicine (AIM)

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