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Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools


The Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools, CCMTS, was established in 1998.  We are a non-profit organization of massage therapy educators who have placed quality programming and accountability as the cornerstones of our training programs and the operation of our schools.  As a national organization representing both public and private member programs, the CCMTS has a unique perspective and decided influence on the educational landscape that exists across our great country.  The CCMTS joins with the other pillars of our profession, provincial regulating bodies, professional associations and our graduates everywhere in the pursuit of excellence in the massage therapy profession for the good of our clients and the health of our communities.


Mission Statement

To provide a collegial forum and national voice for member schools in order to advance the art, science, education and practice of massage therapy.


Corporate Objectives

  • To provide a forum for member schools which offers networking, support, professional development and mentoring
  • To provide a forum where the interest of member schools may be discussed
  • To be the voice for massage therapy education in Canada
  • To support the implementation of a standardized national accreditation process for massage therapy programs
  • To liaise with provincial, national, and international organizations as appropriate to advance massage therapy education
  • To develop strategic alliances and partnerships to increase public utilization of massage therapy through promoting an understanding of the efficacy of massage therapy
  • To support scientifically based research related to massage therapy practices and education
  • To support the continuous education, learning and professional development of massage therapists and massage therapy educators
  • To determine the qualities and values of a healthy, responsive and professional organization


We Believe In

  • The efficacy of massage therapy as a health-care therapy
  • Supportive and inclusive professional relationships that build community
  • Discussion, dialogue, and sharing
  • Protecting and promoting the interests of member schools
  • The equitable representation of all member schools or programs of study in massage therapy regardless of the number of hours of a massage training program
  • Pro-active leadership at both the provincial and national levels
  • Educational excellence, including systems and processes such as national standardization and accreditation that fosters excellence
  • Increasing public utilization of massage therapy services by promoting a greater understanding of the value and benefits of massage therapy
  • Promoting professional development, continuing education and advanced level studies
  • Ethical and accountable practices in massage therapy
  • Creating opportunities for career mobility for massage therapists within the public post secondary education system