Spring 2019 Update

New Council Members

We welcomed new members to the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta (TC-CMTA) in 2019 and congratulate those, who continue to represent 7,000 Massage Therapists practicing in Alberta. 

The council has nine representatives, three from each member association:

Christy Kasur (NHPC) – President 

Jessica Villeneuve (MTAA) - Vice-President

Meagan Dick (RMTA) – Secretary

Melanie Hayden (NHPC) - Treasurer

Heather Goddard (RMTA) – Director

Gina Hendrickson (MTAA) – Director

Kathy Watson (NHPC) – Director

Denise Clark (MTAA) – Director

Jeremy Sayer (RMTA) – Director


The board is a cohesive team of experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated professionals. 

Each TC-CMTA member is fully committed to the application process and shares the same values including transparency, accountability, fiscal and financial responsibility and looking forward to ongoing communication with the profession, government and stakeholders.  



A New Minister of Health


Since the provincial election we now have a new government and new Minister of Health to work with. Tyler Shandro who was elected to the Alberta Legislative Assembly on April 16, 2019 has since been sworn in to Premier Jason Kenny’s Cabinet as Health Minister. 


The TC-CMTA will be asking for a face to face meeting with Minister Shandro. Our goal is to have his support for the work that has been done so far and ask him to bring forward legislation to include Massage Therapists in the Alberta Health Professions Act (HPA) in the fall 2019. 


Transitioning Qualification 

Amending the Alberta HPA will precede the shifting of power from the transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists to the Government appointed Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta. There will be a lot more information going forward regarding how the transition will proceed once we’re ready. 


According to the Application presented to the Government of Alberta in 2016 members will transition into the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta provided that they can demonstrate their competency qualifications in oneof the following ways:

a)    They have completed Massage Therapists Association of Alberta’s Substantial Equivalency process, or

b)    They have completed the Natural Health Practitioners Association’s Competency Equivalency Exam, or

c)     They have graduated from an approved 2200 hour or two year program, or

d)    They have successfully completed a Prior Learning Assessment Review by insurance companies or a member of the coalition, or 

e)    They have completed an entry to practice examination.



Transition Planning


The TC-CMTA will be preparing for the day when the legislation comes into effect to be sure there are well laid out plans for transferring member information into the College’s hands. Updates will be posted on our website and shared with member associations as they become relevant. 





Fall Update 2018



Since the last weeks of 2017 and early 2018 the workload of the TC-CMTA has increased based on the potential that the Health Professions Act would be on the Government’s Agenda for the within the next 6-18 months. In order to prepare for that possibility, the Transitional Council has been working on all of the required foundational pieces to prepare for a future regulatory College.

Council Updates

With the added responsibilities of the Council, the number of representatives on Council has also increased. Please join us in welcoming new Council representatives Christy Kasur, Mike Horne, Heather Goddard and Susan Lewis-Waye, who were elected at the 2018 AGM, Kathy Watson who was appointed in the Spring of 2018 and Melanie Hayden, and Meagan Dick, who were appointed in the Fall of 2018. Kim Moore, Pamela Bernard, Kelly Sloan and Janet Mwamburi have all stepped down from the Council over the last several months. We extend our sincere gratitude to the former Council members for their commitment and hard work in establishing the TC-CMTA and moving regulation of the profession forward in Alberta.

The current Council members are: Susan Waye – President

Christy Kasur – Vice-President Heather Kew – Secretary
Christy Pritchard – Treasurer Meagan Dick – Council Member Heather Goddard – Council Member Kathy Watson – Council Member Melanie Hayden – Council Member Mike Horne – Council Member

Documents to the Government

During the Spring months, the TC-CMTA had been preparing a number of documents required by the Health Professions Policy & Partnerships Unit as part of the regulation preparation process. These documents accompany the draft Schedule that is sent out to government stakeholders for consultation purposes, which is a requirement in order for Massage Therapy to be considered for inclusion in the Health Professions Act. These documents include:

PO Box 22040 RPO Westpark, Red Deer, AB T4N 6X4  E: admin@crmtab.ca

Schedule – The Schedule is the formal outline for the profession that ultimately is included into the Health Professions Act legislation. This document outlines the name of the future Regulatory Body, the Restricted Titles that will be in place, the Scope of Practice for the profession, and the manner in which existing practitioners will be transitioned into the future regulatory body.

Code of Ethics – The Code of Ethics outlines the core ethical principles for Registered Massage Therapists: Respect for Persons and Justice, Beneficence, Non-Maleficence and Accountability. The Code of Ethics is articulated in the form of guiding ethical principles, general statements of application and standards of application that specify the behaviours and attitudes that are required of all Massage Therapists as regulated healthcare professionals.

Standards of Practice - The Standards of Practice are based on the Interjurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry to Practice in addition to considering the tasks regularly undertaken by Massage Therapists in the course of professional practice. Through the development and use of these Standards, a Massage Therapist has the opportunity to display their commitment to serving their patients and promoting the highest possible quality of Massage Therapy treatment in a safe, competent and ethical manner.

Now that the required documentation has been submitted through to the government for review and consultation, the TC-CMTA is able to move its focus to setting the core foundational governing aspects required for operations of the future College. This includes, but is not limited to, establishing the governance model and associated policies as well as the operational policies that will be required.

Winter 2018

The Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta (TC-CMTA) is pleased to provide all stakeholders with the following update on some of the most recent activities taking place.

New Council Members

The TC-CMTA recently held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and is happy to announce the newest members of Council in addition to our newly elected Executive members:

President – Kim Moore Vice-President – Janet Mwamburi Secretary – Heather Kew
Treasurer – Christy Pritchard
Council Member – Susan Lewis-Waye Council Member – Heather Goddard Council Member – Christy Kasur Council Member – Mike Horne

National Accreditation

We are extremeley pleased to announce that effective immediately, the TC-CMTA has made arrangements with the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) to take the lead on the review and approval of new Massage Therapy training programs in Alberta.

Most professions in Canada, particularly in the health sector, benefit from a national accreditation process for education programs and the TC-CMTA feels that Massage Therapy should be no different. The advantages of national accreditation are well-established and include:

▪ promotion of a common level of service provision nationally (benefiting patients)
▪ practitioner mobility (benefiting massage therapists, regulators and the national economy)▪ the availability of objective information about program quality (benefiting students)
▪ improved access to educational resources (benefiting programs)

For more information on the steps to become an accredited education institution through the CMTCA, please visit their website at: www.cmtca.ca.

Massage Therapy Landscape in Alberta

Recently, the TC-CMTA was asked to provide an outline of the landscape of the profession to Alberta Advanced Education. The draft Scope of Practice statement for Massage Therapy regulation is as follows:

In their practice, Massage Therapists do one or more of the following:

  1. a)  assess and treat the musculoskeletal system of the body, with the intent of producing a therapeutic outcome or provide preventative care,

  2. b)  treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction, injury, and pain by manipulation, mobilization and other manual methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, relieve pain or promote health,

  3. c)  engage in research, education and administration with respect to health services delivery and the science, techniques and practice of massage therapy, and

  4. d)  provide restricted activities authorized by the regulations.

Massage Therapists practice a wide variety of treatment modalities, including but not limited to:1

  • Manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue manipulation and joint mobilizations

  • Active therapy such as strengthening, stretching, and other rehabilitative exercises

  • Hydrotherapy and water therapy

  • Postural exercise, ergonomics and patient education

    In order to reimburse claims, the majority of third-party insurance benefit providers now require Massage Therapists to have 2200-hours of training, 2200-hour equivalency through an examination or a substantial equivalency process, or to have met the requirement of a prior learning assessment review (PLAR) if trained before 2011 by the insurer.

  • 65% of current job postings require 2200hr of training.

  • 95% of Massage Therapists are self-employed and work in private practice, multidisciplinary

    facility or Chiropractic office.2

    According to a recent survey, the average income for a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario was $42,771 before taxes, including both full-time and part-time Therapists. Most full-time Massage Therapists earn about $60,000 to $72,000, while part time therapists earn $12,000 to $17,000.3

    1 Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA) http://www.crmta.ca/doc/20170111_MedicallyNeccessary_ClinicallyIndicated_FINAL.pdf
    2 https://alis.alberta.ca/occinfo/occupations-in-alberta/occupation-profiles/massage-therapist/
    3 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/life-at-work/i-want-to-be-a-massage-therapist-what-will-my- salary-be/article19701634/

Provinces other than Quebec and Alberta require a minimum of 2200-hours of training whether the province has regulated Massage Therapy or not. Alberta has begun shifting to the 2200-hour training standard over the past couple of years. For individuals wishing to practice Massage Therapy in another Province or Territory, they may be required to prove that their training program meets the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indictors for Massage Therapists at Entry to Practice.

To prepare for regulation in Alberta, educational institutions will need to ensure that their graduates will meet the future Regulatory requirements and third-party benefit insurance requirements. This means that the educational facilities will need to meet the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indictors for Massage Therapists at Entry to Practice.

Currently in Alberta there are 28 licensed education programs teaching Massage Therapy, with approximately 350 graduates entering the profession every year. Educational programs are encouraged to begin the accreditation process as soon as possible to ensure their programs are meeting the national standards. Educational institutions are also encouraged to stay current by attending conferences, continuing education workshops and webinars to understand the landscape of Massage Therapy and Education in Alberta, and ensure accurate information is provided to students, create a working relationship with Provincial Associations.

For Massage Therapists there are many advantages to joining one of the Provincial Associations, including access to liability insurance, continuing education opportunities, professional recognition, advocacy and member services.

The following table shows the education required to join each Association (these may not be the only criteria, as it differs from organization to organization):

Member Association


Min Training Hours for Active Membership


2200-hours 1000-hours* 2200-hours

* The NHPC no longer approves new programs under 2 years.

Request for Proposal

The TC-CMTA will shortly be releasing a Request for Proposal for a Policy Anaylst to be retained on a short-term contract. The Policy Analyst will be responsible for undertaking policy development, researching assignments and projects including development project plans and budgets, undertaking all research and consultation and reporting to Transitional Council as required; providing research and analytical policy advice or support; and researching and undertaking analysis of issues and current environmental, practice and legislative trends and reports.