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There are two types of registration certificates:
- General Certificate (GC) – required to practise Massage Therapy in Ontario
- Inactive Certificate (IN) – for Massage Therapists who are not currently practising Massage Therapy in Ontario but may return to practice in the future
Registrants can change from a General Certificate to Inactive Certificate for the subsequent year during the online renewal. Registrants can request a status change from Inactive Certificate to a General Certificate must contact Registration Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Fee Schedule and Renewal
There will be no fee increase for 2021. Registration fees for January 1 to December 31, 2021 are:
- General Certificate $785.00
- Inactive Certificate $200.00
For the 2021 renewal period, the fee for a General Certificate (GC) will be split into two payments over the course of four months. Deadlines for submission of the renewal form and payment are as follows:
General Certificate Renewal
- On or before November 1, 2020, registrants with a GC must submit a completed renewal form and pay the first installment of $392.50; and
- On or before March 1, 2021, registrants with a GC must pay the second installment of $392.50.
Paying the second installment for a General Certificate (GC)
CMTO knows Massage Therapists (RMTs), health care professionals and Ontarians have faced unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CMTO is also aware that the COVID-19 environment has created new demands on RMTs.
As a result of the impact of the global pandemic on RMTs, Council approved the 2021 renewal fee to be paid in two equal installments, four (4) months apart, specifically due on November 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021. This allowed registrants to continue working and delayed payment that would otherwise have been due in full on November 1, 2020.
Some RMTs have suggested that the 2021 fee be reduced or that a credit be applied. Unfortunately, CMTO’s current operations and financial situation will not allow for a credit or reduction in renewal fees.
Impact of Status Changes (GC to Inactive) and non-payment of second installment
Registrants who hold a GC for any part of the year are responsible for paying the full GC fee. Registrants with a GC may move to Inactive mid-year, however the outstanding GC payment is still due. Registrants who do not pay the second installment fee of $392.50 by March 1, 2021 will receive notice that non-payment of fees may result in the suspension of their registration. If your registration is suspended, and you wish to reinstate your registration, a $300.00 reinstatement fee will apply, in addition to the remaining balance.
Impact of Resignation and non-payment of second installment
Registrants who resign before paying the second installment will be required to pay any outstanding fees if/when they reapply for registration in future.
Inactive Certificate Renewal
- Registrants with an IN must submit a completed renewal form and their full renewal fee of $200.00 by November 1, 2020.
Late fees will not be charged for 2021 renewal, however registrants who do not submit their payment by the deadline(s) will receive notice that non-payment of fees may result in the suspension of their registration.
GC certificate holders are also being granted an extension until March 29, 2021 to meet the requirement of providing a minimum of 500 hours of direct client care within the scope of practice of the profession within the previous three years. The direct client care declaration on the GC renewal form will be updated to show the extension of the three-year timeframe.
The Work of CMTO during COVID-19
While CMTO has been operating remotely since March 17th, 2020, the work of the College has not stopped and in some cases, it has significantly increased.
All CMTO staff continued to work remotely to continue to provide the core regulatory programs required by the legislation. During COVID-19, CMTO responded to a high volume of questions and concerns about practice, followed up on reported concerns by the public, insurers and RMTs, planned for if/when the certification examinations could proceed safely, and provided information and guidance to registrants about how to safely transition back to and maintain their practice. In addition, complaints investigations and discipline hearings have continued to proceed virtually while the College has been working remotely.
CMTO will continue to provide guidance and support to RMTs in their Massage Therapy practice, and to maintain the programs required to meet our regulatory mandate to govern the profession in the public interest.