Massage Therapy Regulation


Massage therapy regulation, also referred to as the formation of a Regulatory College of Massage Therapy, has become an important development in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba over many years.

What is NHPC's Role in Regulation?

With growing interest in the regulation of massage therapy, the NHPC consulted its members in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta for their views on the regulation of Massage Therapists.

The results showed strong support for regulation in each province. Given this direction, the NHPC has worked with stakeholders in the three provinces to advance legislation supporting a College of Massage Therapists in each of the provinces.

Regulation of Massage Therapy

Regulation of a health profession is how governments, through legislation, protect the public from being harmed by treatment. Legislation will lead to defining and regulating competency, which demands safe professional treatment supported by a complaints process.

The Role of a Regulatory College

The responsibility of a College of Massage Therapists is to:

  • regulate the conduct of massage therapists
  • act in the interest of the public by reducing risk of harm
  • provide a public record of practitioners who violate the College's Code of Ethics
  • maintain a public register for all registered massage therapists in the province

The College will control the requirements for membership based on education and other factors. It also will enact their complaints and investigation process when a public complaint is received.

Grandfathering of Existing Massage Therapists into a College

Grandfathering is the way that currently practising Massage Therapists have their previous experience, education, or professional standing recognised for entry into the College of Massage Therapists.

Transitioning professionals in good standing within an association into the College was historically the standard practice for massage therapists in regulated provinces.

The Role of Massage Member Associations After the College is Formed

The Associations will continue providing a variety of member services. At the NHPC, these services include:

  • discounted products and services, including access to extended health benefits
  • continued competency support
  • Canada-wide membership
  • liability and malpractice insurance coverage at preferred rates
  • relationship-building opportunities
  • government advocacy
  • industry relations and insurance advocacy

The College will be responsible for managing the registry of practitioners and dealing with regulatory matters, including public complaints.

Regulatory Organizations in Canada

The Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC)
College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC)
College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador (CMTNL)
College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick (CMTNB)