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Demand for Massage Therapists in South Eastern Ontario



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"Canadian College has introduced me to the local network of health care providers. Teachers are knowledgeable and always have time to help. They’re always willing to share their own experiences in order to help students better understand the course material. Administrative staff are hardworking and dedicated and the quality of programs are very good.”

Richard Brett Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


The registered massage therapy profession came to be in 1919 when it was recognized by the Drugless Practitioners Act as a designated health profession. Today it is governed by the Regulated Health Profession Act which has helped to make massage therapy a highly accepted and respected health profession. The demand for massage therapists is continually growing throughout Canada and southeastern Ontario.



  • Massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different types of massage. They include:
    • Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, sports massage, reflexology etc.
  • Opportunities for advancement in the workplace are numerous. They include:
    • Becoming a manager in a clinic or office
    • Teaching in a training program
    • Becoming self-employed



  • Jobs for massage therapists are expected to increase more rapidly than all other occupations.
  • From 2009-2019, employment in massage therapy is expected to increase by 19%.
  • Reasons for this expected employment increase can be found on page two.



  • On average, there are 40 job openings for registered massage therapists at any given time in Ontario.
  • This number excludes the large amount of massage therapists who become self-employed.













“Massage Therapy Canada” takes a look at the trends of Canadian societies with respect to massage therapy and has noted the following growing trends which show the increasing interest of the public towards massage therapy (www.massagetherapycanada.com).



Massage therapy is the leading non-traditional form of therapy in health care. The most common uses of massage therapy in health care include helping patients to cope with pain and stress, and as a therapeutic service for cancer and maternity patients.

As our Canadian government opens the door to a combination of a private and public health care delivery system that is cost-effective, there may be more opportunities for therapists to work in an integrated medical system.



The spa industry is growing in popularity as more people recognize it as an important provider of health maintenance and illness prevention. As the industry grows more rapidly, higher standards become expected and this is where more registered massage therapists become employed by the spa industry.

The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has been monitoring the growth of the spa industry, and is examining the feasibility of positioning Canada internationally as a destination for Health and Wellness Tourism. If this is put into effect, registered massage therapists will witness their skills becoming even higher in demand.



Corporations are gradually turning towards massage therapy treatments as a benefit of employment. The highest users of corporate massage are the finance industry, the high tech industry and the insurance industry. Most programs are set up on-site with table and chair massage. Many large companies embrace the idea of using effective on-site intervention to lower employee rehabilitation and compensation costs