Massage Therapists, both regulated and those working in non-regulated provinces but whose Association is a member of the CMTA must meet the same standards of practice competence, ethics and quality of care. As healthcare professionals, the treatment provided greatly benefits the healthcare outcomes of their patients.
The CMTA is currently promoting an e-petition for Canadians to sign (until April 9, 2024) to support the exemption of GST/HST on massage therapy services. Sign today!
What is a non-taxable health service?
Historically, health care services rendered by regulated health practitioners specified in the schedule of the Federal Excise Tax Act are non-taxable health services. Regulated health professions with HST/GST exemption include Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine, Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine, Psychologists, Optometrists, Physiotherapists and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners.
As the regulation of massage therapy came into effect in Prince Edward Island in March 2019, massage therapy now meets the basic criteria to begin the process of joining the list of exempt HST/GST practitioners. The profession is now regulated in five provinces or territories—Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador and now Prince Edward Island.
In order to begin this process we need to request the federal government for a change to the Federal Excise Tax Act in order that massage therapy treatments are specified as tax exempt in the same manner as these other health professions.
RMTs don’t work in a silo—they are an important member of a patient’s health care team, working collaboratively with other healthcare providers to improved health outcomes
RMTs help address injuries and conditions that stem from the course of everyday life, including workplace or ergonomic injuries, athletic injuries, stress, anxiety and depression
Services provided by other health professionals, such as chiropractors and physiotherapists, are exempt from HST/GST
"Massage therapy helps many people manage chronic pain, pain related to repetitive strain, improves mobility and functional abilities, and can improve quality of life and become more functional in their daily activities."