History of the regulation of massage therapists in B.C.

Massage therapy has been a regulated profession in B.C. since 1946. It was regulated with physical therapy under the former Physiotherapists Act until 1994, when it was designated a health profession under the Health Professions Act.

On June 28, 2024, the College of Massage Therapists of BC amalgamated with the College of Chiropractors of BC, the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC, and the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC to form the College of Complementary Health Professionals of British Columbia.

More than 7,000 massage therapists are registered in B.C. To become registered with the College, a massage therapist must have completed post-secondary education in clinical applications of health sciences in massage therapy settings and met the College’s rigorous entry-level requirements.