Forming a Regulatory College in Saskatchewan

June 2019 Update

The Ministry of Health has circulated an updated draft of legislation (PDF) that would regulate massage therapy in the province of Saskatchewan.  This updated draft is the result of collaboration between MTAS, the NHPC, and RMTA, with the input of other stakeholder organizations and the Ministry of Health.   

The draft addresses past concerns raised about the impact of legislation on currently practising massage therapists in the province. 

It offers a fair and equitable process, defined in the legislative draft, for members to transition into a College of Massage Therapy of Saskatchewan while upholding the standards of care and professionalism that Saskatchewan massage therapists are known for.

Regulation will offer many practical, professional, and business development benefits for massage therapists in Saskatchewan, similar to provinces where massage therapy is already regulated.

The Ministry of Health is inviting anyone interested to participate in the ongoing consultation regarding potential new legislation, The Massage Therapists Act, to regulate the profession of massage therapy in Saskatchewan.

Results of the consultation will help inform decisions with regard to proceeding with the proposal.

To participate, please review the letter to stakeholders and accompanying consultation questionnaire (PDF).

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has also provided a Q & A document (PDF) to address questions about proposed legislation and the consultation process.

For any questions or concerns regarding the progress toward massage therapy regulation in Saskatchewan, please contact:

Kathy Watson, Government Relations Director
kwatson@nhpcanada.org
1-888-711-7701, ext. 228

Massage therapy regulation in the Province of Saskatchewan has been an important issue for many years.

In 2015, a draft of the Massage Therapy Act was proposed by the Saskatchewan government, based on an application for regulation made by the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS).

The draft Massage Therapy Act specified that MTAS would become the College and that currently practicing massage therapists would be required to write an entry to practice exam in order to join the College.

In response, the NHPC met with the Minister of Health to address concerns regarding the proposed legislation. To address the seriousness of passing legislation without input from the NHPC and other associations, a campaign was launched encouraging NHPC massage therapists to contact their MLAs to express their opposition.

Following this campaign, the government asked the NHPC and the other associations, as well as massage therapy schools, to work together to make changes to the draft.

These discussions culminated in a Stakeholder Report provided to the government in January 2017.

This report outlined recommended changes to the draft massage therapy legislation. The stakeholders reported that they agreed on 52 of 53 areas, including:

  • a College be formed independent of any massage therapy association
  • once a College is operational, entry requirements for new graduates would be 2,200 hours of training from an approved program and the completion of an entry-to-practice exam

Consensus was not reached on the issue of grandfathering currently practising massage therapists into the College, and some stakeholders, including the NHPC, presented their own proposals to the government on this question.

In July of 2017, the Minister of Health in Saskatchewan notified all stakeholders that legislation of massage therapy would be postponed. The government requested that all associations agree on a grandfathering method and address risk of harm to the public before it moves forward on any proposed legislation.