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Current Status of Massage Therapy Regulation
The NHPC and the Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) have jointly proposed to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) that the government regulate massage therapists. The collaboration has recently welcomed the Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathy Therapists Association (CMMOTA) to work with MTANS and the NHPC.
The Department of Health and Wellness has been very receptive to massage therapy regulation and is recommending it to the newly elected Minister of DHW. We anticipate working with other associations to complete regulation in the next few years.
Act to Protect the Titles of Massage Therapists
In late 2019, Nova Scotia announced the Act to Protect the Titles of Massage Therapists. The Act limits the use of "Massage Therapist," "Registered Massage Therapist," and similar titles to only people qualified to work as massage therapists under the rules set by the government.
This legislation is separate from regulation and adds an extra layer of protection to massage therapists who use the above titles.
The NHPC worked collaboratively with the government on title protection for registered massage therapists. Effective January 1, 2020, associations are required to publish a public list of members who practise massage therapy in Nova Scotia.