Massage Therapy Regulated in PEI

On March 1, 2019, massage therapy was included as a Regulated Health Profession under the Prince Edward Island Regulated Health Professions Act. This means that individuals practicing massage therapy in PEI are now considered regulated health professionals, and new applicants would need to apply with the College of Massage Therapists of PEI which is currently being formed.

The Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA) would like to congratulate the Prince Edward Island Massage Therapy Association (PEIMTA) for this monumental accomplishment. This represents a significant step forward to the massage therapy profession both in PEI and across Canada.

 

The regulation of massage therapy in PEI has implications for Registered Massage Therapists across Canada. Now that massage therapy is regulated in five provinces – Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – an application for tax exemption status for the massage therapy profession can be made to the Canadian Minister of Finance.

The act of tax exemption of a distinct group of people is an act of parliament, which means that a bill needs to be formed and passed, or tax exemption needs to be included in the federal budget.

The Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA) has launched this website, www.RMTACT.ca, as part of a targeted campaign to raise awareness of the value of massage therapy as a health care option to generate public support for the tax exemption of massage therapists. This is an essential step that will give us a stronger position when we formally request tax exemption from the Minister of Finance.

Share this site with your friends, colleagues and patients, and tell us your RMT story (https://www.rmtact.ca/story). Help us build a community. Massage therapists are one of the only health professions required to charge tax. The CMTA wants to make sure that the public understands that massage therapy is health care, not a luxury. We are fighting for fairness and fighting #RMTaxation.

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