The jurisdiction in Canada to recognize and regulate the professions rests with the provincial legislatures. Legislatures typically would pass an Act to deal with each profession. Self–regulation occurs when a government passes such an Act, which recognizes and creates a professional legal entity with powers to hold property and to regulate the profession.
Presently there is a consultation document that has been circulated to stakeholders in Saskatchewan to discuss whether the profession of Massage Therapy will be considered for legislation.
This document has been proposed by the Government of Saskatchewan, based upon Saskatchewan’s template legislation.
This document and any follow-up documentation are in full control of the Government of Saskatchewan.
It is not the intent of the Government of Saskatchewan to put people out of business; nor is it the Government’s intent that legislation would be created for MTAS members only.
The legislation will provide title protection for the designation Registered Massage Therapist, and protection for the public.
MTAS has no part in the writing of legislation. The legislation is written by the Ministry of Justice in consultation with the Ministry of Health.
To adequately describe a profession it is best to look at the common characteristics of professions in general:
First, a failure to perform duties may result in an appeal or a judicial review of decisions at the request of those affected by the decisions.
Second, the misapplication of power might result in a lawsuit for damage or loss caused to a member or others.
An association must effectively enforce its Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, or it will risk losing its public mandate (legislation granting self-regulation).