In Canada, in order for a health profession to be exempt from charging GST (the Goods and Services Tax), the profession must be regulated in a minimum of five (5) provinces.
March 2019 Update (excerpt from the RMTBC):
CMTA Launches RMT/ACT to Fight for Tax Exemption
The Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA), has launched a new website – www.RMTACT.ca.
Now that massage therapy is regulated in five provinces, most recently Prince Edward Island, massage therapy now meets the criteria to seek tax exemption. Historically, health care services rendered by registered health practitioners specified in a schedule of the federal Excise Tax Act are non-taxable health services. We want to be on that list with our health care colleagues. For this to happen, we need to make a formal request for tax exemption to the federal government. This can only be successful if we demonstrate the support from RMTs across Canada. RMT/ACT will help us do that.
RMT/ACT was designed to raise awareness about the important role that massage therapists play in health care and generate support for tax exemption of massage therapists. With the strength of our RMT community behind us, we can make tax exemption a reality. We will use www.RMTACT.ca to provide any information and updates about tax exemption for Registered Massage Therapists. We will also be using this website to engage other health professionals and patients in our fight.
Help us spread the word. Visit www.RMTACT.ca and sign up for updates, share the facts with your network and tell us your RMT story.
Massage therapy is health care, not a luxury. Visit www.RMTACT.ca to show your support.
In the meantime, Massage Therapists are a registered business and in British Columbia, are required to obtain a GST number and charge GST.