Our Proud History
CCMH/WCCMT has been at the forefront of massage therapy education since its inception. The timeline below traces the history of CCMH/WCCMT and massage therapy in Canada.
The Massage Therapy Program at CCMH is granted Preliminary Accreditation, the first step in the CMTCA accreditation process. Following a site visit within two years to verify compliance with the standards, CMTCA will issue a final accreditation decision.
Prince Edward Island becomes the fifth province to regulate massage therapy on March 1, 2019 under the PEI Regulated Health Professions Act.
CMTCA releases the Accreditation Standards for Canadian Massage Therapy Education Programs.
FOMTRAC releases a revised version of the IJPCPI document.
WCCMT Victoria relocates to its current home on Broughton St.
The Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) is incorporated, which is the professional accreditation agency of the massage therapy profession in Canada.
In response to the 2012 national stakeholders' meeting, FOMTRAC engages a consultant and forms a National Accreditation Planning Committee with the intention of driving an action plan to establish national accreditation for massage therapy education. The Planning Committee releases its report detailing its recommendations in October 2013.
The Massage Therapy Act of New Brunswick is passed, establishing the College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick (CMTNB), and regulating massage therapy in the province.
Canadian regulators establish and release the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice (IJPCPI) to ensure consistency in massage therapy training across the country.
CCMH Halifax relocates to its current home at the Mumford Professional Centre.
CCMH Toronto relocates to its current home at Mt. Pleasant and Davisville, in midtown Toronto.
New regulation under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement makes it easier for RMTs in regulated provinces (BC, NL, ON, NB) to practice in other jurisdictions.
CCMH Newmarket relocates and reopens as the current CCMH Cambridge.
The Massage Therapy Act is passed, establishing the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland & Labrador (CMTNL) and regulating massage therapy in the province.
The Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC) is formed.
CCMH opens a third location in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Newfoundland and Labrador become party to the Mutual Recognition Agreement.
Ontario and British Columbia regulators formalize a Mutual Recognition Agreement, recognizing the credentials of massage therapists trained in other regulated provinces.
The first WCCMT campus relocates to its current location in New Westminster.
WCCMT opens a second location in Victoria.
The Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools (CCMTS) is established as a national organization representing both private and public institutions.
CCMH Sutton relocates to Newmarket.
CCMH opens a second location at the North York City Centre in Toronto.
The Health Professions Act is passed in British Columbia, which includes massage therapy as a designated health profession, instead of being governed by the Physiotherapy Act, 1946. The Act regulates massage therapy and establishes the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC).
The Ontario Massage Therapy Core Curriculum Document is developed and introduced, and adopted by both Ontario and British Columbia.
The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) is passed in Ontario. The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) is established through the passing of this legislation and the Massage Therapy Act, 1991.
The Canadian Olympic Committee recognizes certified sports massage therapists as eligible for selection to Canadian health support teams for major games.
The Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA) is formed.
The Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) is formed.
The Canadian Sports Massage Therapist Association (CSMTA) is established and incorporates federally.
In order to keep pace with medical advances, massage therapy programs are extended to two years of studies.
WCCMT opens its doors and begins training future massage therapists.
CCMH alumnus John Rainey establishes the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT).
CCMH moves from its location on Farnham Ave. in Toronto to Sutton, Ontario.
CCMH operates out of a location in Toronto on Farnham Ave. (near Yonge St. and St. Clair Ave.)
The Physiotherapy Act is passed in British Columbia, regulating the profession of massage therapy along with physical therapy.
At the request of the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy (CCMH) becomes the first school to train massage therapists in Canada. It is established to serve returning World War II veterans, some requiring rehabilitation and others needing career training.
The Ontario Government expands the professional recognition of massage therapy under the Drugless Practitioners Act. Massage therapy training is only offered in private schools and is completed in less than a year.
The Ontario Board of Regents first regulates the practice of massage.