Provincial Regulations

In Canada there are currently 5 provincial jurisdictions (British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island) whose Provincial Governments have through provincial legislation, regulated the profession of Massage Therapy. As an association, CMMOTA remains committed to seeing provincial regulation of the profession of Massage Therapy move forward in the remaining 5 Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

ALBERTA

History of Regulation in Alberta

In the early 1990’s the first attempts at moving regulation forward in the province of Alberta were made by the two professional associations who are now known as MTAA and CMMOTA. While there was interest at the time from the Government of Alberta’s standpoint, for unknown reasons nothing ever came to fruition.

In 2006 the ARMTS(now defunct), RMTA and MTAA submitted the “Application for Regulation of Massage Therapy Under The Alberta Health Professions Act, October 2006.” This proposal was not accepted by the province.

In 2008, the three associations that now comprise the Transitional Council of the College of Massage Therapy were contracted by Fred Horne, the then Minister of Health and Wellness, indicating his recommendation that therapeutic massage therapists work together toward regulation of Massage Therapists in Alberta.  The Minister tasked those three organizations with the mandate of developing a joint application and gave them recommendations.  The Minister said that unless the three associations were prepared to work out their differences, he would not support regulation.

Early in 2009, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Mr. Liepert, advised the MTAA, RMTA (now CMMOTA) and the NHPC that the Ministry was prepared to recommend to Cabinet that the Health Professions Act be amended to include Massage Therapy as a regulated profession.  Correspondence was issued that outlined that the Ministry was not prepared to recommend a multi-category entry to practice model but that the model for Massage Therapy regulation in Alberta is to be a single category model and that education programs be a minimum of 2,200 hours. He further requested the formation of the Transitional Steering Committee (TSC).

In 2014, after the TSC failed in making headway on a regulation proposal, the founding members of the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapy, being the NHPC, The MTAA and RMTA (now CMMOTA), concluded that it was time to put past issues behind them and work together to move regulation forward in Alberta.  This led to a survey in 2015 open to all massage therapists, to gauge support for the regulation within Alberta. What followed was a joint application, prepared by the three associations, which was presented to the Alberta Health Department staff in June of 2016.  The TC-CMTA Board of Directors was then informed by the Associate Minister of Health, Brandy Payne, that we had “approval in principle” for the application.  This meant that Government administrative staff had the go ahead to move forward with the regulation application.

For more recent updates from the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta please visit their website: www.tcomta.com or visit the news and updates section below.

CMMOTA’s Role

In 2015 we, together with the Massage Therapists Association of Alberta (MTAA) and the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) formed the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapy of Alberta (TC–CMTA).  Each association appoints 3 members to the TC-CMTA Board of Directors.  The TC-CMTA’s primary task is to be the combined voice of Massage Therapists in Alberta whose goal it is to see the profession of Massage Therapy become regulated in the province of Alberta.

Currently the following individuals have been appointed to serve on the TC-CMTA Board of Directors on behalf of CMMOTA:

Heather Goddard

Meagan Dick

Jeremy Sayer

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Alberta Massage Therapist Associations:

BRITISH COLUMBIA

History of Regulation in British Columbia

College Information

Massage Therapist Association

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

CMMOTA’s Role

MANITOBA

History of Regulation in Manitoba

CMMOTA’s Role

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

NEW BRUNSWICK

History of Regulation in New Brunswick

CMMOTA’s Role

College Website

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

  • Association of New Brunswick Massage Therapists (ANBMT) www.anbmt.ca

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

History of Regulation in Newfoundland and Labrador

CMMOTA’s Role

College Website

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapists Association (NLMTA) www.nlmta.ca

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

History of Regulation in the Northwest Territories

CMMOTA’s Role

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

  • Northwest Territories Massage Therapists Association (NTMTA) www.nwtmta.org

NUNAVUT

History of Regulation in Nunavut

CMMOTA’s Role

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

NOVA SCOTIA

History of Regulation in Nova Scotia

CMMOTA’s Role

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

  • Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) www.mtans.ca

ONTARIO

History of Regulation in Ontario

CMMOTA’s Role

College Website

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

  • Ontario Massage Therapist Association (OMTA) www.omta.com

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

History of Regulation in Prince Edward Island

CMMOTA’s Role

College Website

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

  • Prince Edward Island Massage Therapy Association (PEIMTA) www.peimta.com

QUEBEC

History of Regulation in Quebec

CMMOTA’s Role

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

SASKATCHEWAN

History of Regulation in Saskatchewan

CMMOTA’s Role

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

YUKON

History of Regulation in Yukon

CMMOTA’s Role

News and Updates

Links to Related Documents

Massage Therapist Association

Contact the CMMOTA

Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association
#219, 3722 57 Ave
Red Deer, Alberta
Canada T4N 4R7

Phone:
Fax:
403-517-7675