The Regulation of the Massage Therapy Profession in Ontario

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO or the College) is the regulatory body for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in Ontario. They protect the public by ensuring the competency and quality of care provided by massage therapists.

All RMTs in Ontario are required to be registered with the CMTO. Individuals who are not registered with the CMTO are not permitted to practice massage therapy in Ontario or call themselves massage therapists in Ontario. You should contact the CMTO for information on becoming an RMT in Ontario, information on policies and procedures governing RMTs , to make a complain about an RMT and more. Contact the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario if you have a question or concern about the following:

1. Policy and guidelines for the profession.

As a self-regulating profession under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, the College sets policy and guidelines for massage therapists. Many of the policies and guidelines governing RMTs can be found on the College's website and are available for members of the public. They include policies on receipts, client records, consent and any other professional activity of an RMT. 

2. Certification examinations

The College administers the certification examinations. As a result, if you have questions concerning dates or guidelines for the certification examinations please contact the College. They will also be able to provide timelines and inform you of fees relating to registration with the CMTO. 

3. Information on becoming a Massage Therapist.

Individuals may call the College for information on becoming a massage therapist in Ontario. They provide information specific to massage therapists educated outside of Ontario, both in unregulated provinces and in other countries, as well as information on massage therapy education in Ontario. 

4. Public Register of all Massage Therapists

Anyone may call the College to confirm whether someone is registered. They can also report anyone who is not registered but is referring to themselves as a massage therapist in Ontario. You can search by name to see if someone is registered on the CMTO website as well as see how long they've been registered and their primary practice location. 

5. Quality Assurance Programme

The College prescribes and evaluates a continuous quality improvement programme for members. The College publishes a list of courses that may be used as continuing education units (CEUs) for this programme in The College Standard and on its website. 

6. Public Education

The College educates the public about the profession and the services the College offers through the use of printed material, speaking engagements and media relations. 

7. Media Relations

Like the RMTAO the College also responds to media inquiries, corrects misleading information and submits articles to a variety of publications. 

8. Professional Education

Through its various publications and workshops the College educates the profession on legislative matters and professional obligations. 

9. Publications

The College produces a wide variety of publications that keep the public and members up-to-date on College activities, Council business, new legislation, and events. 

10. Complaints and Discipline Matters

The College investigates complaints and conducts discipline hearings. If you have a complaint about the conduct of a Registered Massage Therapist, please contact the CMTO.