As you’ve read in our other blog posts, Massage Therapy, as a profession and field of study, has evolved dramatically in Canada over the last century.
Massage Therapy education has transformed from a less than one year diploma offered in private vocational schools (in 1935) into a two year degree program offered at well regarded colleges like CCMH/WCCMT. The future of Massage Therapy in Canada is bright! In fact, there’s never been a better time to become a Massage Therapist in this country.
CCMH/WCCMT is hopeful that national accreditation, as planned by the Canadian Massage Therapy Counsel for Accreditation (CMTCA), will happen in the near future. Our school has always been at the forefront of Massage Therapy education and would be eager to offer nationally recognized programs.
Provincial regulation currently exists in four provinces in Canada (Ontario, BC, Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick), and Alberta is on the cusp of becoming a regulated province as well. There are also recognized associations for trained RMTs to join in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. These organizations have their own established standards of training and education which are respected and recognized widely across the country. Despite the fact that unity has not yet been established nationwide, there is a desire in the massage therapy community for national regulation. The Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC) is working on an action plan for achieving this goal through the CMTCA. The CMTCA is hard at work creating a new accreditation process to standardize education programs across the country.
This being said, national changes are not easy to make. There may be some resistance to the CMTCA’s plan to regulate massage therapy in Canada, and some Massage schools and provinces may not want to join the party. Reasons include things like a school not wanting to upgrade its standard of education and RMTs not wanting to re-train to be able to practice – not to mention the hassle of upgrading curriculums to include the latest research in the field etc. That being said, many colleges would love to offer nationally recognized education and be able to give their graduates the ability to practice with ease across the country.
There’s never been a better moment to become a massage therapist in Canada. CCMH has offered outstanding massage therapy education in Canada since 1946. If you are interested in learning more about CCMH, follow us on Facebook. If you’d like an opportunity to visit our campus, email us at [email protected]