Timeline

Timeline

REGULATION

Timeline

2003

Province of Manitoba begins a six-year review process to prepare for the introduction of a Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) that protects Manitobans who receive health care treatments and treats all health care professions on a uniform and standard basis.

2009

Manitoba passes the RHPA but the Act is not proclaimed. Twenty-two health professions are identified for a ‘Transition’ process to the new Act from their current regulations. Two professions are identified as potential applicants—Massage Therapists and Paramedics.

2011

Sections of the Act are proclaimed establishing an Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health, which as part of its mandate will receive applications for self-regulation.

2012

Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) submits the application for review. National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) opposes it.

2015

Under the advice of the Advisory Committee, the Minister grants the application for self-regulation of the Massage Therapy profession. Rather than recommend to the Lieutenant Governor that Massage Therapy be designated as a regulated health profession, as is standard, the Minister orders MTAM and NHPC to collaborate on a report to address core issues related to self-regulation.

2016

MTAM and NHPC submit the report as requested by the Minister.

A decision on Massage Therapy is placed behind the decision on regulation of Paramedics.

2018

Paramedicine is designated a regulated health profession under the RHPA. The Massage Therapy profession continues to wait.

2019

The Minister gives MTAM and NHPC an assignment—create a draft Regulation Workbook, which policy makers will use as a base to determine how regulation will function under the RHPA.

2020

MTAM and NHPC submit the draft Regulation Workbook as requested by the Minister.

2021

The draft Regulation Workbook remains under review. RMTSMB continues to be an expert voice working in RMTs’ best interests to ensure Massage Therapy becomes an official part of the regulatory environment in Manitoba.

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