The Massage Therapy Schools listed have the Massage Therapy curriculum that meets the requirements of the current provincial regulatory Massage Therapy colleges in British Columbia, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Canadian jurisdictions that are not yet under provincial or territorial healthcare regulation are listed below.
Please note that the Massage Therapy curriculum at the schools listed for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia meet the requirements of the current provincial regulatory colleges of Canada.
Prince Edward Island
Massage schools that reside in the above unregulated provinces that comply with the minimum 2200 hour regulated curriculum are listed below.
Written and Practical exams conducted by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) must be passed after completing the minimum 3,000 hours or approximately three years of training from approved BC schools. Only members of the CMTBC can call themselves a "registered massage therapist”, "massage therapist", "registered massage practitioner" or a "massage practitioner”.
Registration process includes a written and practical exam and the yearly Renewal Fee (CAN) $330. Liability insurance is required. 24 CEUs are required every 2 years in British Columbia.
People practice body work in British Columbia without fulfilling BC’s training and registration requirements. Services by these body workers are not covered by health insurance. They are not governed by the College, and therefore are not under the umbrella of regulated healthcare. Typically, other practitioners utilize titles such as Shiatsu practitioner, Certified Aromatherapist, Aromatherapy Practitioner, Reflexologist, Relaxation Massage, Acupressurist, etc.
The schools listed here adhere to the College of BC’s 3000 hour Curriculum.
For the first two BC schools listed below, a Bachelor of Health Science Degree option
is now available for graduates of these schools with an additional year of study
through Thompson Rivers University’s Open Learning.
4. Vancouver Career College
The College of Massage therapists of Ontario (CMTO) conducts rigorous written and practical examinations several times a year for students graduating from approved schools. These exams are known as the Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation or (OSCE) and the Multiple-Choice Questionnaire (MCQ).
All registration requirements are set by the CMTO under the Massage Therapy Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, and Ontario's Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC). You cannot practice as a massage therapist unless you are registered with the CMTO. Only the CMTO, the provincial regulatory body, can register Massage Therapists. These therapists can use the title “massotherapeute,” “Registered Massage Therapist,” (R.M.T.), or “Massage Therapist” (MT).
Ontario massage therapists are required to complete a 2 or 3 year full time
program, pay for and pass the OSCEs and an annual renewal fee: CAN $425. CEUs
required: 30 every 3 years.
Nepean, Ottawa, Ontario
North York Campus
Morningside Campus, Scarborough
D'Arcy Lane Institute
Elegance School of Esthetics
North York campus
Everest College of Business, Technology and Health Care (formerly CDI)
International Academy of Massage Inc
ICT Kikkawa College
Ontario College of Health & Technology
Sir Sanford Fleming College
The College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland & Labrador regulates massage in Newfoundland and Labrador. They require the completion of a 2,200 hour curriculum and a written and practical exam. Massage therapists can then use the title Registered Massage Therapist. Renewal fee: $300 every 3 years. CEUs required: 30 every 3 years.
ICT Northumberland College
Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy
Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage
ICT Compu College of Saint John
The Schools listed above have the Massage Therapy curriculum that meets the requirements of the current provincial regulatory colleges of Canada.
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