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).


College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
1867 Yonge Street, Suite 810
Toronto, Ontario M4S 1Y5
Telephone: 416-489-2626; Toll-free (in Ontario): 1-800-465-1933
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Renewal date: November 1

Renewal cycle: Every three years

Continuing Education Requirements:  You must complete a minimum of 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during each three-year cycle.   CEUs are calculated at one (1) CEU for every two (2) hours of professional learning. The certificates awarded by Institute of Somatic Therapy are in one-hour increments. As such, if you earn 12 CEs through Institute of Somatic Therapy, that will be equivalent to 6 CEUs for CMTO purposes.
A minimum of 20 CEUs must relate to competencies or modalities identified in Category A. (Learning activities for Category A relate specifically to the definition of Massage Therapy as stated in the Massage Therapy Act.) The remaining 10 CEUs may correspond to Category A or Category B activities.  (Learning activities for Category B are complementary to Massage Therapy and not considered to be included in the scope of practice for a Registered Massage Therapist).

CMTO does not pre-approve course providers or continuing education activities. Registrants are responsible for selecting learning opportunities that align with individual learning goals, enhance professional knowledge and/or improve existing skills or techniques. Most of our courses should fall under Category A, although a few, such as aromatherapy, fall under Category B. A sample list of Category A and B topics can be found here: