The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) held its first Council meeting of the year on February 12, 2019. Key highlights from the meeting are below.
Council Confirms the 2019 Executive Committee
At the Feb 12th meeting, CMTO’s Council acclaimed Lisa Tucker, RMT, as the College’s President, elected Jocelyn Acheson to the position of Vice-President, and Jennifer Da Ponte, RMT, and Kim Westfall-Connor, RMT, as the two Executive Officers to the 2019 Executive Committee.
Council Reviews 2018 Draft Financial Statements
During the meeting, Council approved the 2018 unaudited Statement of Operations and Statement of Financial Position and requested that Management continue to monitor financial performance and activity of the College. A formal review of the 2018 Financial Statements by an external Auditing firm is already underway.
First Aid and CPR Training
CMTO’s Council is considering whether a mandatory First Aid/CPR training requirement for registrants would be in the public interest. At the February meeting, Council expanded the scope of the project for 2019 to review whether there is a need to require applicants and Massage Therapists to obtain and maintain current First Aid/CPR certification.
New Policy: ‘Inappropriate Touch of a Client by a Candidate During the OSCE’
To ensure that the Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) environment is respectful and safe for all participants, CMTO’s Council approved an additional amendment to the recently introduced policy regarding inappropriate touch of a client during the OSCE.
Proposed Amendments to By-Law No.2 – Election of Members to Council
Council approved some minor changes to By-Law No. 2 – Election of Members to Council to clarify the process for sanctioning or removing a Council Member.
Proposed Amendments to By-Law No.5 – Committees of the College
Due to the volume of matters before the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC), Council approved an amendment to By-Law No.5 – Committees of the College to permit the QAC to operate in Panels. Further, Council agreed that the President should be an “ex-officio” member of all committees. An “ex-officio” member has all the rights, responsibilities and powers of any other member of the Committee (including the right to vote and to be counted as part of quorum) but isn’t permitted to serve on a Panel.
Proposed Amendments to By-Law No.7 – Fees for Registration, Examination and Other Activities at the College
As the College sometimes encounters difficulties in obtaining outstanding fees from registrants (e.g., SCERPS, monitoring, administrative charges and costs awarded as part of a disciplinary proceeding) CMTO’s Council agreed that By-Law No.7 – Fees for Registration, Examinations and Other Activities of the College should be amended to permit the outstanding fees to be added to the registrant’s annual renewal fee. In discipline cases where the awarded costs exceed $2,500.00, and the person is no longer registered, the College would attempt to obtain a local order (i.e., garnishment, liens, etc.) to try to recover the costs. Prior to finalizing its decision, Council directed that the proposed amendment be circulated to stakeholders for comment.
Proposed Amendments to By-Law No.8 – The Register and Registrant Information
Between December 2018 and January 7, 2019, the College circulated a survey to stakeholders on proposed amendments to By-Law No.8 – The Register and Registrant Information for comment. There were 975 responses to the survey, 956 of these were from registrants. 88% were in favor of the proposed amendments. Comments on the proposed amendments were made by 18 respondents. Some of these comments related to the collection of information on offences and also information on licensed professions.
In reviewing these comments, it was noted that some registrants did not have a clear understanding of what would be placed on the public register or understand the rationale behind the proposed amendments. For example, some registrants were concerned that information respecting licensed trades would be on the public register. The rationale for collecting this information is to ensure that there is nothing in an applicant/registrant’s past conduct that may affect their suitability to practice as a Massage Therapist. Another concern raised was the need for advising the College of any offences. The requirement for a registrant to report offences is outlined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. This is not a requirement imposed by CMTO but by the legislation and applies to all regulated health colleges in Ontario. Unless a concern is identified, i.e. a pattern of behavior that raised concerns that may impact MT practice, no action would be taken.
The proposed amendments were approved by Council for implementation on April 1, 2019.