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.

Integration.

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.

Knowledge.

RMTs help address injuries and ailments that stem from the course of everyday life, including workplace or ergonomic injuries, athletic injuries, stress, and anxiety.

Fairness.

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.

"Massage therapists recognize a bio-psycho-social approach to the whole person advances recovery, reduces overall costs and returns citizens to vocational, social and recreational pursuits faster."

Don D
St. Catharines, ON

"Massage therapy helps many people manage chronic pain, pain related to repetitive strain, improves mobility and functional abilities, and can improve quality of life and become more functional in their daily activities."

Garo E
Maple, ON

"As a massage therapist, it is our duty to help clients through the recovery process, to achieve the end goal of a pain-free life. This is not a luxury, but an essential step towards an improved quality of health."

Cailey S
Ontario