“These bi-laws are being revisited and renewed.”

Licensing requirements vary in each municipality in Ontario. Reflexology is unregulated by the Ontario government and the Municipal Act allows each municipality to license unregulated practitioners.

Check with your local municipality to make sure that if you are required to purchase a license you get the correct one. Some municipalities have a provision for exemption from licensing. Most municipalities do not have licensing requirements put in place.

As Reflexology grows and more municipalities look to license, RRCO is there representing you! If you would like to join the Government Affairs Committee and become involved in representing Reflexology as a profession to local governments, contact the Head Office.

RRCO has been highly instrumental in establishing procedures and protocols with regard to Reflexology in the following municipalities:

CLARINGTON REFLEXOLOGY LICENSING

The Municipality of Clarington, Ontario has enacted a bylaw to license Body Rub Parlours which has a provision to exempt Reflexologists. Reflexology is unregulated by the Ontario government and the Municipal Act allows each municipality to license unregulated practitioners. Clarington at this time (current March 2012) does not license Reflexology, but a Reflexology practitioner must be exempted from the Body Rub License. To be exempted from the licensing requirements of the bylaw, a Reflexologist must be a Registered Reflexology Practitioner (RRPr) with the RRCO and a current member in good standing.

Click here to go to the Town of Clarington website for more by-law information.

KITCHENER REFLEXOLOGY LICENSING

RRCO is recognized by the City of Kitchener for licensing. As provided for in the Municipal Act, the City of Kitchener, Ontario has enacted a bylaw to license alternative massage centres, which include Reflexology. Reflexology is unregulated by the Ontario government and the Municipal Act allows each municipality to license unregulated practitioners. RRCO members are recognized by the City of Kitchener and eligible for licensing. You will have to supply proof of current membership. There is no fee for the license at this time. (current March 2012) Businesses who operate without a license but require one are subject to charges under applicable City of Kitchener by-laws.

Click here to go to the City of Kitchener website for more information.

MARKHAM REFLEXOLOGY LICENSING

RCO is recognized by the Town of Markham for licensing. As provided for in the Municipal Act, the Town of Markham enacted a bylaw requiring holistic practitioners and owners to be licensed by the Town. Reflexology is unregulated by the Ontario government and the Municipal Act allows each municipality to license unregulated practitioners. RRCO members are recognized by the Town of Markham and eligible for licensing. You will have to supply proof of current membership along with having a police check and paying the current licensing fees. Businesses who operate without a license but require one are subject to charges under applicable City of Toronto by-laws.

Click here to go to the Town of Markham website for more information.

OAKVILLE REFLEXOLOGY LICENSING

The town of Oakville does not recognize Reflexology or Reflexologists. In 2004 a local Reflexologist was charged with soliciting and operating a Body Rub Parlour without a license.

Click here for a pdf of Oakville’s latest licensing by-law.

TORONTO REFLEXOLOGY LICENSING

RRCO is recognized by the City of Toronto for licensing. As provided for in the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto enacted a bylaw requiring holistic practitioners and owners to be licensed by the City. Reflexology is unregulated by the Ontario government and the Municipal Act allows each municipality to license unregulated practitioners. RRCO members are recognized by the City of Toronto and eligible for licensing. You will have to supply proof of current membership along with having a police check and paying the current licensing fees. Businesses who operate without a license but require one are subject to charges under applicable City of Toronto by-laws.

Click here to go to the City of Toronto website for more information. Note that Toronto licensing is currently under review. (Current March 2012)

RICHMOND HILL REFLEXOLOGY LICENSING

The Town of Richmond Hill, Ontario has enacted a bylaw to license Body Rub Parlours which has a provision to exempt Reflexologists. Reflexology is unregulated by the Ontario government and the Municipal Act allows each municipality to license unregulated practitioners. Richmond Hill does not license Reflexology, but a Reflexology practitioner as a Complementary Health Care Service Provider must be exempted from the Body Rub License by following a precise list of requirements. Being a paid-up member of RRCO meets one of the requirements.

Information about starting a business in Richmond Hill is available by clicking here.

WINDSOR REFLEXOLOGY LICENSING

RRCO is recognized by the City of Windsor for licensing. As provided for in the Municipal Act, the City of Windsor enacted a bylaw requiring holistic practitioners and holistic centers to be licensed by the City. Reflexology is unregulated by the Ontario government and the Municipal Act allows each municipality to license unregulated practitioners. RRCO members are recognized by the City of Windsor and eligible for licensing. You will have to supply proof of current membership along with having a police check and paying the current licensing fees. Businesses who operate without a license but require one are subject to charges under applicable City of Windsor by-laws.

Click here to go to the City of Windsor website for more information.

Disclaimer: This page and any corresponding links are provided for your own information and the RRCO does not accept any responsibility for the contents of this page or links. If in any doubt, consult directly with the municipality.