Becoming A Member

We provide the following membership options:

  • Full Membership – for those actively working in the industry through our Full membership categories. 
  • Associate Membership – for massage therapy students who are enrolled in the second year of their program, and who wish to provide treatment outside of a student clinic.
  • Student Membership – for students in their first or second year who are only providing treatment in a supervised setting.
  • Inactive Membership – for those who no longer work or require insurance coverage, or who are taking a break from providing active treatment. 

We currently have members that practice in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory. Our professional liability insurance allows members to enjoy the freedom of travelling and working within all provinces throughout Canada. This removes the hassle of joining a different association. Our members practice all across Canada, from Coast to Coast to Coast. 

The insurance that is offered exclusively to CMMOTA members is one of the best policies in the industry at one of the best prices. The insurance offered covers Commercial General Liability and Malpractice Liability with the option of additional coverage for equipment, A/R, loss of records, and more.

Not all professional liability insurance is created equally. Reading the following information may be the most important thing that you read this year – what kind of insurance do you have if you’re not with CMMOTA?

We often receive inquiries about CMMOTA’s Professional Liability Insurance, so we wanted to provide you as members with some immensely helpful information, to keep you informed, so that in turn you can inform others if they ask.

The current CMMOTA insurance program gives its members both OCCURRENCE BASED Commercial General Liability (CGL) and OCCURRENCE BASED Malpractice liability coverage.

Commercial General Liability covers property damage or injury to others that may occur while on or around your business premises when you are not directly providing RMT or MOT services to them (for example a client breaks their leg tripping on a loose piece of carpet entering your office). Malpractice Liability provides coverage for injury that directly results from your treatment or failure to provide the correct treatment to the client (ie. you injure a client due to improper treatment).

Occurrence based coverage means insurance would respond to an injury claim that was brought forward, even if it was months or years after the treatment that caused the injury was given, even if the policy has been cancelled.

With a Claims Made based policy, the claim has to be brought forward while the policy is active. As soon as a Claims Made policy goes inactive for any reason, it voids coverage for all past claims. While there are ways to extend the reporting period for Claims Made there is often a cost and a time limit of only a few years for these extensions.

So, for example, for someone going on maternity leave it would NOT be advisable for them to temporarily cancel a Claims Made Based policy as doing so could result in a denial of an injury claim from a past treatment. This would leave the member responsible for paying their own defense costs and any judgments against them. Even in cases where it is unlikely that there will be any judgment against the practitioner, the defense costs can be considerable. This same scenario with the CMMOTA Occurrence Based program poses no such issues as long as it can be shown a policy was in place when the treatment occurred that caused the injury.

Modality List for Massage Therapists Updated January 2022

Modality List for Manual Osteopathic Therapists Updated January 2022

Massage Therapists registered as full members with CMMOTA in unregulated provinces are automatically recognized by all health insurance companies, as we do not accept full members with less than 2200 hours of training from a recognized school, nor do we recognize experience in lieu of education. As such their clients are able to seek reimbursement under their health insurance plans for massage treatments which they receive.

Currently CMMOTA Manual Osteopathic Therapists are recognized by the following insurance companies, and this list continues to grow as our membership base grows:

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Canada Benefit Providers
  • Chamber of Commerce Insurance
  • ClaimSecure
  • ClaimXchange
  • Desjardin Insurance
  • Equitable Life
  • Empire Life
  • Greenshield
  • Group Medical Services (GMS)
  • Johnston Group
  • Manitoba Blue Cross
  • Manulife
  • Maximum Benefits
  • Medavie Blue Cross
  • NexGenRX
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • Saskatchewan Blue Cross
  • Sunlife
  • The Co-Operators

The membership year for all members is January 1 to December 31.