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CMTO proposes new funding eligibility for sexually abused clients

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) is proposing regulation that would make funding for therapy and counseling more accessible for clients who have been sexually abused by a registered massage therapist.

December 13, 2016  By Massage Therapy Canada staff

The CMTO recently issued a memo to its members containing the proposed regulation, the rationale chart and a survey for registrants.

“Under the Health Professions Procedural Code (Code), a person is currently eligible for funding only if: a) there is a finding by a panel of CMTO’s Discipline Committee that the person, while a client, was sexually abused by a registrant; or b) the alternative requirements prescribed in the regulations made by Council are satisfied. CMTO currently has no regulations related to additional funding eligibility,” the college wrote in its recent communication sent to RMTs.

“At its December 5, 2016 meeting, CMTO’s Council approved the attached proposed regulation which would increase accessibility to funding for therapy and counselling for clients who have been sexually abused by registrants.”

According to provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, proposed guidelines must be circulated for comment to registrants and other stakeholders for a period of 60 days. Comments and the survey will be closed after Feb. 10, 2017.


“Prior to finalizing the proposed regulation, the College will carefully consider your comments and suggestions, keeping in mind the College’s public interest mandate,” the CMTO told its registrants.

View the proposed regulation here.

The rational chart can be viewed here.

Take the CMTO survey about the proposed regulation here.

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