Massage therapy shouldn’t play by a different set of rules.
RMTs are qualified, educated, and regulated—and their work has big payoff for patients. Sign up today and learn more about our fight to remove HST from RMT services.
RMTs don’t work in a silo—they are an important part of a patient’s health care team, working closely with allied providers to offer quality health care and improved health outcomes.
RMTs help address injuries and ailments that stem from the course of everyday life, including workplace or ergonomic injuries, athletic injuries, stress, and anxiety.
Services provided by other health professionals, such as chiropractors and physiotherapists, are already exempt from HST/GST.
What is a non-taxable health service?
Historically, health care services rendered by registered health practitioners specified in a schedule of the federal Excise Tax Act are non-taxable health services. Regulated health professions with HST/GST exemption include chiropractic services, chiropody services, naturopathic services, psychology services, optometric services and physiotherapy services.
With the regulation of massage therapy coming into effect in Prince Edward Island in March 2019, massage therapy will now meet the criteria to become part of this list, as the profession is regulated as a health profession in at least five provinces or territories—Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador and now PEI. But we need to ask the federal government for this change, so that RMT services are specified as tax exempt like other health professions.
"RMTs have strived to be recognized as Health care professionals. Even though we ARE regulated under the RHPA in Ontario, having the HST apply to our treatment reinforces to the public that we are still considered a "service" rather than a medical treatment option."
Susan Bessonette, RMT
"Many patients have limited private benefits which are quickly exhausted, leading to patients limiting and, in some cases, abandoning effective treatment plans due to prohibitive costs. Some patients have no benefits at all and self-fund out of pocket. Exemption from HST will increase access and extend care to these patients."