Massage Therapy

The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia is the regulatory body established for the health profession of massage therapy.

Massage therapy has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since December 16, 1994, and is regulated by the College in accordance with the Act, the Massage Therapists Regulation and the bylaws of the College.

Massage therapy has been a regulated profession under British Columbia legislation since 1946. Before designation under the Health Professions Act, the profession was regulated with physical therapy under the former Physiotherapists Act.

The composition of the board of the College is:

  • six elected massage therapists; and
  • five public representatives appointed by the Minister.

Amendments to the Massage Therapists Regulation

Amendments to the Massage Therapists Regulation and to most College bylaws are subject to a three-month notice period, unless the Minister specifies a shorter period.

The College is responsible for giving notice of proposed bylaw amendments, including posting them on the College website, and all bylaw amendments must be filed with the Minister to be effective. Filed bylaws come into force 60 days after the date of filing, unless the Minister either disallows the change or specifies an earlier date, or the College withdraws the change.

The full text of the current bylaws and information about any proposed bylaw amendments may be obtained by contacting the College. Comments on proposed bylaw amendments should be submitted to both the College and the Ministry.

 

Proposed Regulation Amendments Notice Date
There are no proposed amendments. June 5, 2013    

 

Approved Regulation Amendments Date
Amends the Massage Therapists Regulation regarding the profession's scope of practice and removes restricted activities. April 21, 2015
MO 102/2015
BC Reg. 56/2015
Makes the Massage Therapists Regulation, effective October 17, 2008. October 15, 2008
MO 240/2008
BC Reg 280/2008
Repeals the Massage Therapists Regulation (BC Reg 484/94), effective October 17, 2008.

Continues the designation of massage therapy under the Health Professions Designation Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.
October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Repeals BC Reg 362/95 and amends the Massage Therapists Regulation by adding section 8 re: continued application of Part 4 of the Health Professions Act to massage therapy. January 30, 2006
OIC 33/2006
BC Reg 9/2006
Makes Part 4 of the Health Professions Act apply to the profession of massage therapy. August 17, 1995
OIC 1032/95
BC Reg 362/95
Brings into force the repeal of the Physiotherapists Act. December 16, 1994
OIC 1566/94
BC Reg 488/94
Makes the Massage Therapists Regulation, designating the profession under the Health Professions Act and creating the College. December 16, 1994
OIC 1562/94
BC Reg 484/94          

 

Filed Bylaw Amendments Date
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E, Standards for Patient Records. Filed December 15, 2016
In force January 14, 2017
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule A, Recognized Education Programs. Filed December 15, 2016
In force February 13, 2017
Amends the bylaws by amending section 53, regarding the College's fiscal year end. Filed December 7, 2016
In force February 5, 2017
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing schedule B (fees). Filed September 9, 2016
In force October 7, 2016
MO 361/2016
Amends the bylaws by amending the definition of "Recognized Canadian Jurisdiction" to include the province of New Brunswick. Filed May 25, 2016
In force July 24, 2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E: Patient Records, and updating references to Schedule E in the Bylaws. Filed May 17, 2016
In force July 16, 2016
Amends the bylaws by adding a fee for non-compliance with the Standard First Aid requirement. Filed May 12, 2016
In force July 11, 2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule A: Recognized Education Programs. Filed February 26, 2016
In force April 26, 2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing Schedule C: Code of Ethical Conduct, and updating references to Schedule C in the bylaws. Filed February 15, 2016
In force April 16, 2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing schedule B (fees). Filed September 15, 2015
In force October 1, 2015
MO 294/2015
Amends the bylaw by changing procedures for validation stickers.

Filed May 6, 2015
In force June 19, 2015

Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing schedule B (fees). Filed December 29, 2014
In force January 1, 2015
MO 004/2015
Amends fee amounts in Schedule B of the bylaws. Filed September 18, 2014
In force October 10, 2014
MO 295/2014
Amends the bylaws by changing the registration renewal date in sections 50 and 51, repealing and replacing sections 63.2 and 63.3 regarding continuing education and first aid certification requirements, and repealing and replacing Schedule A regarding recognized education programs. Filed July 14, 2014
In force July 15, 2014
MO 238/2014
Amends section 44 of the bylaws regarding quorum and rescheduling of general meetings. Filed June 16, 2014
In force June 20, 2014
MO 206/2014
Amends the bylaws by adding certain fees related to registration and quality assurance. Filed June 16, 2014
In force June 20, 2014
MO 205/2014
Amends the bylaws by adding section 37.1 regarding special fees. Filed June 16, 2014
Amends the bylaws to correct errors in sections 27, 54 and 55. Filed March 14, 2014
In force April 1, 2014
MO 079/2014
Amends the bylaws by adding Forms 1 to 9. Filed January 10, 2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing sections 6 to 9 and Parts B, D and F.1, adding a new Part D.1 and new Schedule E, and making miscellaneous other amendments. Filed December 9, 2013
In force December 10,
2013
MO 306/2013
Amends section 53 of the bylaws to change the annual registration renewal fees for active and inactive registrants. Filed October 30, 2013
In force November 1, 2013
MO 279/2013
Amends section 31 of the bylaws to authorize the registrar to establish forms by bylaw. Filed October 1, 2013
Amends the bylaws regarding definitions, election nomination and procedure, college administration, fees and costs, and other miscellaneous matters. Filed June 25, 2013
In force June 27, 2013
MO 151/2013
Amends sections 53 and 59 of the bylaws regarding fees for registration, registration renewal and registration examinations. Filed June 28, 2011
Amends the bylaws by adding new section 47.2 re: time-limited conditional registration. September 14, 2001
OIC 829/2001
Amends the bylaws to make a number of housekeeping amendments. July 23, 2001
OIC 684/2001
Amends the bylaws to repeal and replace the existing Code of Ethics and introduce new Standards of Practice. January 25, 2001
OIC 65/2001
Amends the bylaws re: board meetings, proxy voting and fees for annual registration renewal. March 11, 1999
OIC 312/99
Amends section 6 of the bylaws re: attendance of past president at board meetings, section 27 of the bylaws re: composition of Quality Assurance Committee, and repealing and replacing Schedule B of the bylaws re: approved schools. April 23, 1998
OIC 539/98
Amends section 6 of the bylaws re: elected board members terms of office. July 24, 1997
OIC 835/97
Amends the bylaws by repealing section 77 and adding new Part F.1 re: advertising and other marketing activities. July 10, 1997
OIC 786/97
Amends the bylaws re: registration requirements, registration renewal and examination fees, and other matters. January 24, 1997
OIC 86/97
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing section 59 re: registration examination fees. January 11, 1996
OIC 34/96
Approves the bylaws of the College with the exception of s. 9(2), 72 and 85. August 17, 1995
OIC 1032/95

 

Others Date
   
Appoints the first board of the College and orders that the first election of professional members to the board must be held on or before December 5, 1995. December 8, 1994      
MO 427/94

Contact Information

College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia

Website: http://www.cmtbc.bc.ca
Telephone: (604) 736- 3404
Fax: (604) 736-6500
Street
Address:
304 - 1212 West Broadway Vancouver BC V6H 3V1
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