Canada Massage Therapy Requirements

Canada does not have a national massage therapy board. Each province has individual rules and regulations regarding the practice of massage therapy. PLEASE NOTE: We provide the below information about your province as a courtesy but cannot guarantee its accuracy because laws are continually subject to change. If you have questions about the information we have provided below, please contact your licensing agency directly. Your governing board will hold you ultimately responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you. We do not deviate from our posted return and exchange policy if you later determine that a course you enrolled in is not valid for CEs in your jurisdiction.

For Canada massage therapists who also have a license to practice in the United States, please refer to our state laws page for details on US course approvals. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider (#280672).

Nova Scotia:

Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia
Park Lane Terraces
502 – 5657 Spring Garden Rd.
Box 142
Halifax, NS B3J 3R4
Phone : 902 429-2190
Website: E-mail : 

Renewal date and cycle: This page is under construction. Please check back for updates.

Continuing Education Requirements:  MTANS requires all members to have 20 units of continuing education completed in a two year cycle.  One unit is equal to two hours, and courses are deemed primary (within the scope) or secondary (indirectly related).  Each member needs 15 of the 20 units to be primary.  There are no restrictions on online courses.

Institute of Somatic Therapy has been approved by MTANS for the following courses:

  • Infant Massage - 8.0 primary CEUs

  • Prenatal Massage Fundamentals - Step One - 4-6 secondary CEUs (depending on if you are starting or finishing your cycle in 2018)

  • Prenatal Massage Techniques - Step Two - 6 primary CEUs

  • Massage Doula Support - 10.5 primary CEUs

  • Pathology- Plantar Fasciitis - 1.5 primary CEUs

  • Pathology - Sciatic Pain - 2.0 primary CEUs

  • Pathology - Morton's Foot Syndrome - 1.5 primary CEUs

  • Pathology - Shoulder Dysfunction - .5 primary CEU

  • Pathology - Varicose Veins - 1 primary CEU

  • Pathology - Deep Vein Thrombosis - 1 primary CEU

  • Pathology - Edema - 1 primary CEU