In June of 2008, representatives of the three regulated jurisdictions for Massage Therapy in Canada (British Columbia, Newfoundland & Labrador and Ontario) met to begin the process of developing a new taxonomy (organized language) for the purpose of comparing the competency documents of British Columbia and Ontario (Newfoundland and Labrador use the same document as Ontario). This process was led by Dr. David Cane of Catalysis Consulting who had been selected by the three regulatory colleges in response to a tender process. British Columbia and Ontario had taken different approaches in creating their competency documents and as a result the competencies were difficult to compare. The need for comparison was to renew the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the jurisdictions as required under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).
That summer (2008), the provincial Premiers met and declared that Full Labour Mobility (FLM) between the provinces would be required for all regulated professions in 2009. To achieve an exception to FLM for our profession, it would have been necessary to prove that registrants in one jurisdiction, upon moving, would place the people of another jurisdiction at risk. No such risk was demonstrable and the task shifted to creating a common interjurisdiction competency profile for Massage Therapy. This activity was supported by the three regulatory colleges and financed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
The work continued by face to face meetings, conference calls, emails, consultations with regulatory boards or Councils, an informational meeting with the professional associations of non regulated jurisdictions and in September of 2009 the Job Task Document was created.
In November of 2009, the three regulated jurisdictions (the Consortium) will work to define complexity of the tasks and to define entry level proficiency. Once this is completed, a Job Task validation survey will be made available on line (early 2010) and the national data from this will be analyzed to finalize the Job Task profile. The project to this point has been funded by HRSDC.
It is the intent of the Consortium to apply for funding for the creation of Performance Indicators which would be the criteria used to assess Job Task performance. The final phase of the project would be to again apply for funding for the creation of Educational Competencies working in conjunction with educational providers.
How You Can Participate:
The Job Task validation survey will take time to complete. The Consortium is asking for your time so that the largest and broadest base consultation can take place. More information will be added on this web site and the three colleges are exploring means of rewarding participation.