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Massage Therapy Regulation in Saskatchewan

Current Status

In response to a request by the Saskatchewan Department of Health, the NHPC and other provincial associations surveyed their members in January 2020 to provide evidence of how many members support the regulation of massage therapists.

When asked if they supported legislation to enact regulation of massage therapists in Saskatchewan, 85% of NHPC respondents in Saskatchewan answered "yes."

To further show their support for regulation, massage therapist members are encouraged to write or call government representatives to let them know they and their clients strongly support passing the legislation. Members can contact:

Background on Massage Therapy Regulation in Saskatchewan

In the spring of 2015, the Saskatchewan government distributed the draft Massage Therapists Act for consultation. It was the first draft of proposed legislation that would regulate massage therapists in the province.

The NHPC organized other stakeholders to review the draft legislation and make recommendations for edits to the government. The stakeholders included Saskatchewan schools that offered massage therapy programs and associations with members in the province:

  • Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)   
  • Massage Therapy Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS)
  • Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Association (CMMOTA) (formerly the Remedial Massage Therapists Association)

The stakeholders met several times and were able to agree on most edits but not on the clause defining transitional entry requirements. After reporting to government officials that they were not able to reach consensus, the meetings ended.

In 2019, the NHPC, MTAS, and CMMOTA, finally agreed that all members in good standing with these associations would become registrants of the college during the transitional period.

Once transitioned, registrants of the college will participate in a basic competency assessment required for safe practice. The results of the assessment will be used to create an individually tailored competency program to be completed within a specified time frame (three years was suggested).

This resulted in an updated draft of the legislation (PDF) to regulate massage therapy in the province of Saskatchewan.

Although the government planned to move forward with first reading in the fall 2019 legislative session, it asked the associations to assist in a consultative process during the summer. The associations sent the consultation information to members for them to respond to the government.

Unfortunately, the government did not think the number of responses they received showed sufficient support for regulation, so they did not move forward with first reading in fall 2019.

Since the associations knew most of their members supported regulation, they worked with the Saskatchewan Department of Health to provide necessary evidence of member support through a one-question survey administered in January 2020.