Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance has provided submission for review to have GST/HST removed from massage therapy services
RMTs subscribed to the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA) e-mail list has recently received correspondence stating that a submission has been made to engage with elected officials and political influencers, in order to turn their attention back to the CMTA’s main goal of having the GST/HST removed from massage therapy services in Canada.
In June, the CMTA signalled their intent to participate in this year’s consultation in advance of the 2021 budget being conducted by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
As the CMTA stated, the focus of the 2021 consultations is on post-pandemic economic recovery. The CMTA has taken this opportunity to “highlight what has changed as a result of the pandemic and how exempting the tax massage on therapy services will help will help our profession to get back on their feet.”
The main themes captured in the submission include:
- Massage therapists are an important part of the health care team
- Massage therapists improve patient health and wellbeing
- Supporting small business owners
- Affordable access to massage therapy
- Protecting patients
You can read the full submission here.