The RMTS-MB is a Professional Society of Remedial Massage Therapists practicing their profession in the province of Manitoba, Canada. The Society was 'Incorporated' in 2015 under the Corporations Act of the Province of Manitoba. 

It is governed by a Board of Directors who are RMT's and are elected by the members at Annual Meeting of the Society. It is managed by professional staff who are members of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) and who have obtained the ‘Certified Association Executive' designation from the CSAE.  

The RMTS-MB continues to pursue the current Provincial Government to complete the 2015 decision to 'Self-Regulate' the profession of Massage Therapy within the Regulated Health Professions Act (2009)  to the benefit of all Manitobans.

Registered Massage Therapists are the only Health Professionals that have been approved for self-regulation that have no regulation of its profession. At this time anyone can claim they are a Registered Massage Therapist and practice with no oversight. There is no licensing or registration of Massage Therapists in Manitoba. There is no regulatory Act governing the practice of the profession in the Province. 

Registered Massage Therapists provide over 1 Million treatments per year to Manitoba's without any 'Public Protection'.

Why Regulation is Important to Manitobans:

  • The decision to regulate ensures that all RMT's in Manitoba have achieved educational standards equivalent to other regulated provinces for the profession - the public is protected by the standard of 'Entry to Practice'.
  • Manitobans will be able to deduct Massage Therapy treatments from their annual income tax as a medical expense. (this is not possible until Manitoba decides to regulate the profession)
  • Manitobans injured in auto accidents will be able to receive approved Massage Therapy treatments. (MPI will not permit RMT's to provide Massage Therapy Treatments until the profession is regulated by the Province of Manitoba.
  • Manitoba workers injured on the job will gain access to Massage Therapy treatments when the Province decides to regulate the profession. (Workers Compensation will not permit Massage Therapy for soft tissue injuries until the Province of Manitoba regulates the profession despite the fact that WCB consistently reports that over 60% of its claims are for soft tissue injuries.
  • Upon the 'self regulation' decision Canadians across this country will begin a process of removing the GST/HST from Massage Therapy treatments to give these important treatments the same status as Chiropractic and Physiotherapy treatments.  Creating a fairness for all Canadians. 
  • The regulation of Massage Therapy does not require the Province of Manitoba to add these treatments to the Provincial Health plan nor to fund the process. The profession will pay the costs of self regulation just like other Health professions do. Taxpayers will not financially support this decision. 


The Public supports the Regulation of Massage Therapy:

Regulation of Massage Therapy has significant support from the Citizens of Manitoba documented by Probe Research of Winnipeg over the last ten years in professional surveys on this issue. Their recent review of this was released in June 2015 and some highlights included:

  • Visits to a massage therapists as reported by the public in Manitoba  have increased from 42% of the general population in 2006 to 59% in 2015.
  • In 2006 -  41% of the Manitoba public viewed Massage Therapists as practicing with "high standards" and in 2015 that opinion had increased to 54%
  • In 2015 the public's opinion about the importance of regulation/accreditation of the profession had increased to 72% from 63% in 2006.                                                                                                                                                        
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