Taking Care of Your Mental Health

The difficult times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the emotional dialogue around racial equality have put significant stain on the mental health and wellbeing of all Canadians.

Wellness Together Canada is a free, online platform offering immediate mental health and substance use support for all ages and for anyone who needs a little extra support right now.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health as we continue to face these immense challenges, we encourage you to take the time to heal and care for your mental and emotional health by visiting Wellness Together Canada to learn more.

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Updates to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Canada Emergency Business Account

The federal government has extended the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to August 29, 2020 and has promised to consider adjusting program requirements such as the 30% revenue decline threshold as businesses start to gradually re-open this summer. Close to 230,000 businesses have applied to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and over 14 million Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) applications have been processed to date. The federal government will also review the Canada Emergency Response Benefit before the benefit period expires in mid-June.

The federal government also made amendments to the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). The program has been expanded to include sole proprietors receiving income directly from their businesses, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends rather than payroll. So far, over 600,000 businesses have applied to CEBA. To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 would need:

  • a business operating account at a participating financial institution
  • a Canada Revenue Agency business number, and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.
  • eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible non-deferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities, and insurance.

Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, is currently working with businesses and entrepreneurs who operate through their personal account in addition to new businesses who have not filed their taxes this year to see what kind of financial support can be offered to them.

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CMTA Letter to Federal Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 the CMTA sent an open letter to the Federal Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau. In this letter we urge the Minister and his government to continue to provide support through CERB and CEWS for massage therapists as provinces across the country begin to reopen. Read the full letter here

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2019 Federal Election Results

Following a consistently tight race, the Trudeau Liberals have retained enough seats to govern with a strong minority in the House of Commons. This, however, still marks an important change in how the government operates and how the Liberals will govern.

Total seats: 338

Seats needed for majority: 170

LIBERAL

157

CONSERVATIVE

121

BLOC QUEBECOIS

32

NDP 

24

GREEN

3

OTHERS

1

PEOPLE PARTY

0

 

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WATCH: HST Exemption Will Benefit Massage Therapy Patients

As our campaign continues, we want to ensure that all RMT/ACT campaign supporters understand not only the goal, but also the impact that HST/GST exemption will have.  To help with this, we’ve developed a short video on how HST/GST exemption will benefit patients.  Help spread the word by liking the page and sharing it on your social networks.  

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Your RMT Story: Meet Dani Faucher

Dani Faucher, an RMT from London, Ontario, wants to give her patients back some control over their health care and their lives. By helping her patients discover what they can do despite their pain, rather than what they can’t do, they are able to have a more active role in their recovery.

“Imagine seeing someone’s eyes light up when they realize that the activity they’ve been missing may well be possible again, albeit a little differently sometimes,” Dani said. “Seeing relief from pain and helping people learn to cope with living with pain is awesome - that renewal of hope that life can be good again.”

In her four years as an RMT, Dani has been able to help many people cope with pain and return to their regular activities.

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How you can make a difference

One of your first questions when you heard about RMT/ACT may have been: “Why are we doing this?”. The primary reason is to create a hub for Registered Massage Therapists to show their support for the profession and advocate for changing how our services are taxed. But you may be wondering why an advocacy campaign is necessary.

“Advocacy” can mean many different things to many different people, but in general, advocacy is about taking action. Advocacy is speaking out or acting toward a cause, idea or policy that affects you, the people or the world around you. It is the pursuit of influencing outcomes—including public policy and funding decisions. It is telling your story so that government is compelled to do (or perhaps, not to do) something.

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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.

 

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