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Nova Scotia: Massage Therapists' Title Protection Act - January 01, 2020

  • February 24, 2020 16:51
    Message # 8767213
    Bruce Kilburn (Administrator)

    The Nova Scotia Massage Therapist's Title Protection Act was enacted on January 01st, 2020. Please find the act below as well as a link to the Act on the Legislature web site.

    Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

    1 This Act may be cited as the Massage Therapist Titles Protection Act.

    2 In this Act,

    (a) “association” means an association of massage therapists prescribed by the regulations;

    (b) “recognized institution” means an educational institution recognized by an association.

    3 No person shall use the title “Massage Therapist”, “Registered Massage Therapist” or a similar title, or any word, title or designation, abbreviated or otherwise, to imply that that person is a qualified massage therapist, unless that person

    (a) has successfully completed a course of at least 2,200 hours from a recognized institution or has equivalent educational qualifications that are recognized by an association;

    (b) has professional liability insurance or another form of malpractice insurance coverage in an amount as determined by the association to which that person belongs;

    (c) is a member in good standing of an association;

    (d) when applying for membership in an association, submits a criminal record check to the association; and

    (e) submits an annual declaration to the association to which that person belongs, attesting to the matters prescribed by the regulations.

    4 Every person who contravenes this Act is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to

    (a) for a first offence, a fine of not more than $15,000; and

    (b) for a second or subsequent offence, a fine of not more than $30,000.

    5 (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations

    (a) prescribing associations of massage therapists;

    (b) prescribing matters to be included in an annual declaration;

    (c) defining any word or expression used but not defined in this Act;

    (d) respecting any matter or thing the Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable to effectively carry out the intent and purpose of this Act.

    5 (2) The exercise by the Governor in Council of the authority contained in subsection (1) is a regulation within the meaning of the Regulations Act.

    6 Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2003, the Massage Therapy Act, is repealed.

    7 This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.


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