Our Proud History
History of CCMH
CCMH was founded in 1946 at the request of the Department of Veterans Affairs to serve returning World War II veterans, some requiring rehabilitation and others needing career training. Throughout the years, our career training has kept pace with advancements in the field. Our program is designed to provide a thorough and comprehensive understanding of massage therapy and the tools to offer excellent care to patients.
The Ontario Board of Regents first regulated the practice of massage.
The Ontario Government expands the professional recognition of Massage Therapy under the Drugless Practitioners Act. At this time massage therapy was only offered in private schools and was completed in less than a year.
The first programmable computer was developed.
Massage Therapy is regulated under the Physiotherapy Act in British Columbia.
At the request of the Department of Veteran Affairs the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy becomes the first school to train massage therapists in Canada. It was established to serve returning World War 11 veterans, some requiring rehabilitation and others needing career training.
School location traced to Farnham Avenue in Toronto
The first manned moon landing when Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.
CCMH moves from downtown Toronto to Sutton Ontario.
Commercial internet service providers began to emerge and the internet was being used by young people.
The West Coast College of Massage Therapy is established by RMT John Rainey (alum of CCMH Ontario)!
The West Coast College of Massage Therapy opens its doors.
In response to advancement in medical trends, the curriculum was expanded to two years and in the mid 1990’s some schools increased course to three years.
The Canadian Sports Massage Association becomes a federally incorporated as the Canadian Sports Massage Therapist Association. (CSMTA)
Massage Therapists in Nova Scotia develop their own association.
The Canadian Olympic Committee recognizes certified sports massage therapists as eligible for selection to Canadian teams for Major Games.
The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) is passed and the College of Massage
Therapists of Ontario is born.
Massage Therapy Core Curriculum Document was developed and introduced, utilized by both Ontario and British Columbia.
The Drugless Practitioners Act is revoked, the Regulated Health Professions Act(RHPA) takes its place.
British Columbia adopts legislation that recognized massage therapy as a profession in its own right – instead of including it under the Physiotherapy Act of 1946. It is established to standardize both massage college curriculum and professional practice.
CCMH opens a location at the North York City Centre.
CCMH Sutton moves to Newmarket.
The Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools is established as a national organization representing both private and public institutions.
WCCMT - Victoria campus opens.
West Coast College of Massage Therapy moves to New Westminster.
September 11 attacks were a series of 4 coordinated terrorist attacks by al-Queda on the United States. The attacks killed just under 3,000 people, injured over 6,000 others and caused over $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.
New-found stress and anxiety in the early 2000s made room for people to find relaxation,
connection and perspective - and an increasing need for the healing of Massage Therapy.
Canadian College of massage & Hydrotherapy purchases the Naturopathic Medicine College and rebrands it to CCMH Halifax.
The Facebook website was launched on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg.
CCMH Kitchener/Cambridge campus opens.
Twitter was created as an online news and social networking service where users post and
interact with messages ‘tweets’ restricted to 140 characters.
More than 97% of information is now being communicated through the internet.
New regulation across British Columbia, Newfoundland, Ontario and New Brunswick make it easier for Massage Therapists to practice across provinces. RMT’s can now travel and work across Canada.
CCMH Toronto location opens in mid-town Toronto.
CCMH Halifax moves to the Mumford Centre.
It was estimated that more calls were made using mobile phones than wired devices. The technology for mobile phones was first developed in the 1940’s but it was not until the mid-1980’s that they became widely available.
The new competency document is released.
New Brunswick forms its own Massage Therapy College.
Victoria moves to its new location on Broughton Street.
Working towards massage therapy accreditation for Ontario.