Our Road to Regulation

June 2018 Update

The MTAM's Regulation update to our members is making it's way across Manitoba! Members are asking us great questions which allows us finalize and a post a update on this site that will be most relevant and useful for members and the public.

In the mean time, the MTAM continues to work with Health, Seniors and Active Living to review the RHPA Workbook that all of the other health care professions are working with or have already completed as they are brought in to the RHPA.

June 1, 2018


Congratulations to our colleagues in Paramedicine who are now a regulated health profession in Manitoba under The Regulated Health Professions Act, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen (June 1, 2018) READ MORE

March 2018 Update

All of the associations from across Manitoba who represent RMT's met together at the end of January with the Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living to discuss Regulation of Massage Therapy under The Regulated Health Professions Act.  A letter was sent shortly after outlining where we are in the path to the RHPA and to suggest next steps. Obviously, a few questions came to mind so the MTAM was given clarification and more information following this letter.

Currently, a more formal response letter is being prepared to send to the Minister but overall the MTAM Board of Directors was pleased with the confirmation that regulation is moving forward and with the steps suggested by the Minister's Office.

Read the Letter

For MTAM members, a full update, details and a move-forward strategy will be presented at our New Regulation Update: Next Steps to create the College of Massage Therapy of Manitoba

  • July 13 | 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  in Steinbach
  • September 21 | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM  in Winnipeg

Save the date and plan to attend!

Our popular presentation, Preparing for Regulation: 17 Things You May Need to Change or do, will be recorded and posted for our members in the Member's Only portal in March along with a checklist of the 17 Things we discuss in that presentation. If you missed it or want a refresher, it will be ready for you shortly!

October 2017 Update

In December 2016, the MTAM together with colleagues from other associations, submitted a report to the Health Minister answering questions and outlining key agreements that Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living had requested be worked out to assist them in the process to build a Regulatory College in Manitoba. The MTAM presented this report to member over a series of events across the province. Now that we have completed the tour, we are pleased to be able to post the review the collaborative Summary of the REPORT.

MTAM continues to update members through a series of events over the province. If you would like to join us as a guest at one of the upcoming regulation events or please email tweid@mtam.mb.ca.

August 2017 Update


The Manitoba government has set a date for the registered nursing profession to come under regulation of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living announced today that regulations are now in place and will be effective May 31, 2018.

The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba will be the second professional college established under the omnibus legislation. Prior to the RHPA coming into force, there were 21 statutes regulating 22 different health professions. These statutes will all be repealed over time and each profession will then be regulated under the RHPA with profession specific regulations.

Massage Therapy was granted self-regulation in November 2015. We do not currently have a statute, so we can be brought under the act without the added step of having to repeal a current statute. The College of Audiologists and Speech – Language Pathologists of Manitoba was the first regulatory body to be established under the RHPA, coming into force 1st January 2014.

For more information on the RHPA: http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/rhpa

What does this mean for Massage Therapy?
Overall, it can be seen as positive signal that the Manitoba government is moving forward effectively and despite the timeframe between the first and the second college being brought under the act, we know the details and discussion that were required for the nursing profession was more complicated than it will be for massage therapy and other health care professions.

What number are we?
As we understand, the Manitoba government is working on more than one profession at a time, so we are unsure where we are or will end up being on the list. We are in touch with our main contacts within the Manitoba government regularly and know they are using our report submitted in December 2016 to research, review and prepare for the work to be done for our legislation.


June 1, 2017

Ongoing updates and communication with the Minister's office have been frequent and as they work their way through all of the health care groups in Manitoba to bring them under the Regulated Health Professions Act, Massage Therapists can be assured regulation of the profession is coming. It will take some time,

In the mean time, the MTAM continues to update members through a series of events over the province. If you would like to join us as a guest at one of the upcoming regulation events, please email tweid@mtam.mb.ca

December 1, 2016

The MTAM together with colleagues from other associations, have submitted a full report to the Health Minister answering questions and outlining key agreements that Manitoba Health had requested be worked out to assist them in the process to build a Regulatory College in Manitoba.

Summary of the REPORT

May 1, 2016

The MTAM, along with the other association's representing MT's in Manitoba are working through the list of questions given by the Minister. Finalizing the issues and coming to a final agreement on items will be done in the coming months.

November 24, 2015

It's a great day for Massage Therapy in Manitoba!

For years the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) has led the way advocating government for regulation of the profession in this province and this week officially all of that hard work and patience has been rewarded. To everyone involved over the years; the Board Members, Staff, and colleagues from across Canada, thank you and congratulations!

Province Announces Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba Taking Next Steps Toward Self-regulation

Letter from the Health Minister

A communication was sent jointly on behalf of the Board of Directors of both the MTAM and the NHPC, who together represent 1325 massage therapists in Manitoba and who are delighted to be working collaboratively as the profession now proceeds to regulation.

Recently, the Health Professions Advisory Council (HPAC), the independent body reviewing the MTAM application for regulation, completed their report and sent it to the Minister of Health, Sharon Blady.

In meetings on Monday, November 23, 2015, the Minister informed us, that after reviewing the details, she has accepted the recommendation of the HPAC that the profession of massage therapy be granted self-regulation under The Regulated Health Professions Act (the RHPA).

Both organizations have already been building the bridges of collaboration necessary to ensure the development of a regulatory college would be organized, timely, and done to the utmost benefit of RMT’s in this province.

The Minister has set a course for us to work though core key issues that need to be addressed prior to self-regulation including consultation with healthcare professions who have gone through this process in hopes of easing challenges. Once this work is complete, we, along with the government, will set out timelines for development of a regulatory college to be known as the College of Massage Therapy of Manitoba.

There are some important details we will need to work out, but as our two associations have similar high-quality education requirements and had already started to share and compare information, the Minister of Health expressed gratitude and was assured that we are heading into this process in a positive position.

We know there will be a lot of questions in the coming time, but our respective organizations will continue to communicate with our members often. We are delighted with the good work of the HPAC and with the Health Minister’s decision to accept the recommendation for regulation. This milestone recognizes the importance of massage therapy as a healthcare profession in this province. Today is a proud day for the profession in Manitoba!

What does it mean for the public?

Massage therapy regulation: What are some benefits for the profession?

Interview with MTAM President Sue Kos-Whicher on the current state regulation and the Association is found in the 2014 update that was wrap on the Winnipeg Free Press during Massage Therapy Awarness week. TAKE TIME TO READ.

The campaign for #24

The MTAM created an awareness campaign surrounding the quest to be the 24th provincially regulated healthcare profession. See a sample in the WAVE Magazine - MTAM Advertisement #24 Campaign: (download)

Quest for Regulation: Historic Timeline

Summer 2015: Waiting
July 21, 2015: A note from the Secretary of the HPAC: "I have spoken with the Chair of the Council who asked me to advise you that the Council is making good progress on its report and expects to soon submit it to the Minister"

Spring 2015: Waiting
We have had some back and forth communication with the HPAC. Some additional questions and information sent. We also had an excellent meeting that allowed us to better-understand the process that the HPAC has taken and some of their challenges to work out the best process to assess our application and the Paramedics who applied ahead of us. With the Paramedics report now out, we were assured that the Council is now working on the Massage Therapy Application with full focus. An update was sent to all Members and is accessible in the Members-Only area of the website.

Winter 2014: Waiting
Due to political upset in the Manitoba Legislature, progress has been slower than expected. However, we remain optimistic that the HPAC is working to ensure a decision is sent to the Health Minister by the end of 2015

Summer 2014: More Discussion
We have once again had some activity related to our quest for regulation. The Health Professions Advisory Council (HPAC) sent a letter to the MTAM (download) on July 25, 2014 asking for additional clarification and information as it relates to our application.

Members of our Legislative Task Force then formed the response which went back to the HPAC on August 12, 2014. We have included the full response here for your benefit:
Cover Letter to HPAC
Questions & Main Response (download)
Appendices (download)
Special Appendix: Athletic, Physio and Massage Therapy Comparison Chart (download)

Summer 2014
The Health Professions Advisory Council (HPAC) sent us the following update on June 20, 2014:

"The Council has reviewed your email and notes your understanding that the Council’s recommendations would be submitted to the Minister of Health by Spring 2014.  The Council has asked me to advise you that it is making steady progress to complete its investigation of MTAM’s application and is working toward completing its report to the Minister within the next six months."

Not exactly the response the MTAM and members had hoped for, but there is a specified date that holds some promise and we must give credit for a response by the June 21, 2014 deadline.

The MTAM Legislation Task Force met recently and is preparing a series of responses dependent on the final outcome of the HPAC's work or, as in this case, a further delay in a final report. It was the Task Force's opinion that the HPAC has a good deal of work to do in investigating and especially if making recommendations for our regulation. It would not be just a final decision on regulation they are working on but also detailed plans on how things will be run, and so we are giving them respectful space to do their job well.

Spring 2014
We are expecting the HPAC to meet the Minister's Spring deadline and send their recommendations for regulation of the Massage Therapy profession before June 21, 2014. We have heard from the HPAC that this will be the case and, while cautious, are hopeful that they will meet that deadline. We will continue to write and correspond with the HPAC and the Minister's Office to encourage that the publicly-stated deadline be met and to meet to discuss the recommendations or ask for a final decision in a timely manner.

February 25, 2014
In the course of reviewing the MTAM's application, the HPAC sends by email all the documentation and submissions made by us and by others to all the participants in the application process. This includes our last response to the questions posed by HPAC back in July among other documents.

January 2014
The Province of Manitoba has informed the MTAM that its application for regulation will not receive a final report until the spring of 2014.

December 2013
The MTAM awaits further direction from the HPAC or a decision of the HPAC.

July 12, 2013
The MTAM completed its response to the questions of the HPAC and they were submitted.

May 29, 2013
The MTAM receives correspondence from the HPAC asking 20 Questions which required further input from the MTAM with respect to the original application, its responses to submissions, and other items generated by the Council.

May 23, 2013
The HPAC holds a Public Hearing for the application for regulation by the Paramedics Association of Manitoba.

May 3, 2013
The MTAM completes its submission to the Health Professions Advisory Council (HPAC) in response to the 24 submissions.

January 3, 2013
Online public response to the MTAM application for regulation of the Massage Therapy profession concluded with 24 submissions. The Health Professions Advisory Council (HPAC) reviewed the submissions made with respect to the application for Regulation of the Profession of Massage Therapy. The Council then shared those submissions with the MTAM who in turn responded to the comments.

July 3, 2012
MTAM President Susan Kos-Whicher, RMT, announces a public campaign to support the recent application for recognition of the profession of Massage Therapy as a 'Regulated Health Profession' in Manitoba. The campaign features advertising on transit buses and transit shelters in Winnipeg and Brandon. It emphasizes that Massage Therapists want to be #24 - the 24th Health Profession to be regulated by the Province of Manitoba.

May 2, 2012
The MTAM on behalf of its 750 members makes application for regulation of the profession of Massage Therapy under the new RHPA. On May 2, 2012 - MTAM President Susan Kos Whicher, BA, RMT, signed the official application to the Minister of Health for massage therapy to be a regulated health profession in Manitoba, under the Regulated Health Professions Act. The MTAM anticipates that the profession will be the 24th Health Profession to be regulated in the Province of Manitoba. There are currently 22 professions that are regulated. The Paramedic Association of Manitoba submitted application #23.

Download the MTAM letter to then Health Minister Theresa Oswald:

June 2011
The Province of Manitoba proclaims two sections of the RHPA establishing a Health Professions Advisory Council and an application process for professions who want to become regulated. A group of persons representing a health profession who wish to be regulated under The Regulated Health Professions Act must apply for such designation.

June 2009
The Regulated Health Professions Act (Bill 18) received Royal Assent on June 11th, 2009. Twenty-two professions currently regulated will, upon proclamation of the new Act, begin a transition to the new structure.  MTAM supports this new legislation and hopes to begin an application process soon.