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The NHPC and the Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) have jointly proposed to the Nova Scotia Government Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) that the government regulate massage therapists in the province.
The DHW has not committed to regulation yet, but they have taken the step of protecting the use of titles in the practice of massage therapy as they consider the joint proposal.
The NHPC has fostered a good relationship with government staff and worked satisfactorily on the Title Protection of Registered Massage Therapists. We anticipate working with the other associations to have regulation of massage therapists happen in the next few years, possibly even 2021.
In late 2019, the province of Nova Scotia announced the Act to Protect the Titles of Massage Therapists. The Act limits the use of "Massage Therapist," "Registered Massage Therapist," or similar titles to people who are qualified as a massage therapist under the guidelines the set out by the government.
This legislation is separate from regulation but adds an extra layer of protection to massage therapists who use the above titles.
Effective January 1, 2020, associations must publish a public list of their members who practise massage therapy in Nova Scotia.
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