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6 Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2003, the Massage Therapy Act, is repealed.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