Legislation aims to regulate massage therapists in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia legislature

New legislation will regulate massage therapists, with government saying Nova Scotians should have confidence they're visiting trained professionals.

Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says the Massage Therapist Titles Protection Act will create consistency through professional standards and oversight.

Over the years massage therapists have formed associations to set standards for their profession on a voluntary basis.

This bill will require everyone practising in this field to be a member of an association in Nova Scotia.

Amy-Lynne Graves, President of the Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia, says this legislation is an important step to protect the public and support the standards of the profession.

There are three associations in Nova Scotia representing about 1,500 massage therapists.

Government says five provinces regulate the profession.