In order to become a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Ontario, applicants must report any criminal convictions. In addition, the applicant must satisfy the Registration Committee that they will practise Massage Therapy with decency, honesty and integrity, and in accordance with the law, and will display an appropriately professional attitude. Applicants meet this requirement, in part, by submitting a criminal record check with their application for registration.
Effective January 1, 2017, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) requires that applicants for registration submit a Vulnerable Sector Check (VS Check) with their application. A Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) check will no longer be accepted.
What is a VS Check?
A VS Check is an enhanced criminal record check that provides more information than the former CPIC check. It includes a check of national databases maintained by the RCMP and local police records where the applicant lives. A VS Check includes:
- Information regarding a record suspension (formerly pardon) for sex offences;
- Information regarding criminal convictions from CPIC and/or local databases ;
- Findings of guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act;
- Outstanding entries such as charges and warrants, judicial orders, peace bonds, probation and prohibition orders; and
- Information about any absolute and conditional discharge.
Massage Therapists are in a position of trust and the clients in their care are in a vulnerable position. Accordingly, a VS Check is the appropriate level of criminal record screening for registration as an RMT. It supports the principles of transparency and accountability of the College and the profession in Ontario.
For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions about VS Checks on the RCMP website.
Assessment of VS Check Findings
If the VS Check includes information about a criminal conviction (a positive report), the applicant will be asked to provide information about the circumstances that led to the conviction. The applicant may also be asked to provide a copy of court transcripts related to the matter. This information will be added to their application for registration. Their application, with the VS Check and additional information, will be assessed by the Registrar to determine if it must be referred to the Registration Committee for review. If the application is referred to the Registration Committee, the applicant will be notified of the referral.
The assessment of positive reports will take into consideration:
- How long it has been since the conviction;
- The age of the applicant at the time of the offence;
- The seriousness of the offence;
- Mitigating circumstances;
- Conduct in the intervening years; and
- The relevance of the offence to the practice of Massage Therapy.
Toronto Applicants Only:
If you live in the City of Toronto, in order to obtain a VS Check, you must first obtain a consent form in person from the College. The Toronto Police Service does not allow the College to send this form to applicants by email, mail, or fax. You must come to the College in person. Please ensure you bring valid government-issued photo ID bearing your name and date of birth. When you arrive at the College, your identification will be verified. After your identification is established, an authorized staff member will sign the form.
You are responsible for sending your form and payment to Toronto Police Service. Payment can be made by corporate cheque, certified cheque, or money order in the amount of $65.00, made payable to Toronto Police Service. Your form and payment can be mailed to the following address, or dropped in the box located in the Toronto Police Service lobby:
Toronto Police Service
Police Reference Check Program
40 College Street
Toronto ON M5G 2J3
Approved: August 25, 2008 Update effective: January 1, 2017