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Regulation of Massage Therapy Alberta

June 20, 2018:

As you may know, the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) has been working towards regulation for Massage Therapists for quite some time. The MTAA believes that Massage Therapy is an important part of Albertans’ healthcare, and as such, your professional standing should be recognized and standardized by the Province of Alberta through the creation of a governing body, the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta.

It has been a long process, and an opportunity to take a significant step forward has arisen. Several other healthcare professions are coming together this summer to request that the Government of Alberta open the Health Professions Act for updates to the legislation in the Fall of 2018.

It is important that our political leaders also hear from you…our Massage Therapist members with the message that you want to be included in the possible legislative changes.  We have prepared a letter that you can send to your MLA showing your support of regulation and the creation of the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta.

It is simple and easy to do, and should only take a few minutes of your time.

Please click on the link below and enter your name and address in the online form…the platform that is being used will automatically choose the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the constituency that you are located within.  Simply fill in your personal information and then click the submit button and voila….it will immediately be sent through to your MLA!

Click to Ask Your MLA For Support  

We truly believe that regulation is a vital step to ensuring that Massage Therapists are given the respect as healthcare providers that you are due, and also to ensure that Albertans receive the highest standard of care possible. 

The MTAA is providing the following additional information for all Massage Therapists who wish to speak in person to their MLA.:

 


July 25, 2016:

In 2004, the MTAA in cooperation with the  Alberta Registered Massage Therapist Society (ARMTS) and Remedial Massage Therapists Association (RMTA) submitted a formal application to Alberta Health and Wellness to begin the process of allowing Massage Therapy to become a self-regulating profession, under the Health Professions Act

In 2008, all Alberta based organizations made a presentation to the Health Professions Advisory Board (HPAB).  The presentation was to make a case for the regulation of Massage Therapy in Alberta in addition to promoting a model for regulation for consideration by the Minister of Health and Wellness. 

Between 2009 and 2011, the Associations within Alberta struggled to find common ground and consensus with respect to the forward momentum of regulation of the profession and in 2011, discussions came to a halt with the Transitional Steering Committee being disbanded.  In June 2013, the then Minister of Health and Wellness indicated the government would be undertaking a survey to understand the wishes of the current Massage Therapy practitioners in Alberta regarding regulation. However, in early 2015, the Associations received communication from the Government that the survey would not be carried out due to financial considerations. 

The senior management of the MTAA, RMTA and the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) began meeting in mid-2014 to discuss and work together on common areas to ensure collaborative and open dialogue with regards to regulation initiatives. As a result of these meetings, the three Associations then chose to undertake the previously mentioned survey, which was completed in the fall of 2015.  Results showed that there is support by the profession for regulation and also outlined a number of areas that required additional review and discussion by the Associations.  

Since that time, with Board approval, the senior management teams of the MTAA, RMTA and NHPC have been developing details about regulation in Alberta including detailed discussions surrounding the transitioning of current practitioners into a regulatory College in Alberta.  Throughout this process, the Alberta Government has been continually updated to ensure that new procedural requirements were being adhered to. 

In May 2016, the three Associations announced to their members that they had reached agreement on potential eligibility requirements for transitioning current practitioners into a regulatory College that take into account years of experience and education. In mid-July 2016, an updated formal Application for Regulation was delivered to the Department of Health. The application addressed the government’s template for regulation under the Health Professions Act:
•    The type of services provided by massage therapists
•    Statistical information about member numbers
•    Information about other Colleges
•    Standards of competence
•    Entry requirements
•    Approved education programs
•    Continued competency programs
•    Public risk
•    Other legislation and mobility between provinces
•    Similarities to other professions
•    Protected titles
•    College structure
•    Cost benefit analysis

In the Fall of 2016, the three member Associations will be jointly undertaking a consultation process with all their members to ensure everyone has full opportunity to discuss all aspects of regulation, including proposed eligibility requirements to transition into a regulatory College.