RMT associations take issues to federal election

Massage Therapy Canada staff
September 22, 2015
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
Massage therapists' associations across Canada want politicians running in the federal election to address several issues pertaining to the massage therapy profession.

The Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA) has created three letter templates that the association would like individual massage therapist across the country to send to their respective political candidates in their jurisdiction, a statement from the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario website stated.

These letters bring attention to three issues important to the profession: taxation, introduction of massage therapy benefits for active service members of the Canadian Forces, and the inclusion of massage therapy in the recently proposed health care tax credit.

"The RMTAO is asking for all members in the profession to fill out the letter templates and send them to the MP candidates in your electoral district. Your fellow massage therapists acorss the country will be doing the same. Together, this means that over 20,000 massage therapists are working towards the same goals," said the RMTAO statement.

"United together, we can make a difference," it added.

RMTs who are members of the CMTA-affiliated provincial associations can contact their respective associations to download a copy of the letter templates.


+1 #3 George Fraser 2015-09-29 15:17
Health Care is a provincial responsibility and the Federal Government is obligated under our Canadian Constitution to not enter such matters even though both levels of government have significant interest and budgets applied to Health Care. The Feds can do nothing about regulation/legi slation of the profession of Massage Therapy in our Country. Each province must decide that question. Currently, we find the profession regulated in four provinces (NFL & Labrador/New Brunswick/Ontar io & BC) with active applications in Alberta/Saskatc hewan & Manitoba. The Manitoba Government has promised a report on, the now four year old application, by the end of 2015. Saskatchewan will not go forward with any recommendation until Spring of 2016 and Alberta is stuck in the same spot it has been for the last five years. The Feds will do nothing until the Provinces clear the way. Then issues of taxation can be addressed. Nothing will be done until a majority of Provinces are regulated.
+1 #2 Betty McCabe 2015-09-23 14:51
I have been working in a multidisciplina ry setting with a Chiropractor and a kinesiologist for the past six years. They do not have to remit HST but I do. We all perform treatments that aide in the healing process for patients. I think it is time to take HST off of RMT services because the massage therapy gives so many benefits to help the injured be able to return to their work sooner and to help prevent stress related illness. It is a natural way to ease anxiety and to manage pain and stress.
0 #1 Aurel Hamran 2015-09-22 16:12
I haven't read the letters, but I think it would be time to urge the various federal parties to legislate massage therapy as a professional enity in all provinces, so we would be all in the respective provincial Health Professional Acts.

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