Body Rub Parlour By-Law

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Body Rub Parlours are any business that offers massage services by a person who is not a regulated health care professional (i.e. RMT).”

Recognizing the challenges that our community faces regarding Body Rub Parlours and the licensing of massage services, the Town of Newmarket is undergoing a review of its Body Rub Parlour By-law. Through this review, the Town is seeking to clarify and distinguish between massages conducted by persons with no credentials, limited credentials not recognized by the province, and regulated health professionals regulated by the province. It also seeks to establish clear regulations that will strengthen enforcement initiatives against unlawful businesses that are known to exist within Newmarket and that may be associated with human trafficking or criminal code violations.

To date, Town staff have:

Town staff are now moving into the second round of public consultation, highlighted by a new survey designed to engage stakeholders and explore the 4 options presented during the March 8th Council Workshop. Please assist us in the By-law review process by completing our second survey down below. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule a meeting with the team reviewing this By-law, please reach out to Licensing Officer John Comeau to make these arrangements.

Body Rub Parlours are any business that offers massage services by a person who is not a regulated health care professional (i.e. RMT).”

Recognizing the challenges that our community faces regarding Body Rub Parlours and the licensing of massage services, the Town of Newmarket is undergoing a review of its Body Rub Parlour By-law. Through this review, the Town is seeking to clarify and distinguish between massages conducted by persons with no credentials, limited credentials not recognized by the province, and regulated health professionals regulated by the province. It also seeks to establish clear regulations that will strengthen enforcement initiatives against unlawful businesses that are known to exist within Newmarket and that may be associated with human trafficking or criminal code violations.

To date, Town staff have:

Town staff are now moving into the second round of public consultation, highlighted by a new survey designed to engage stakeholders and explore the 4 options presented during the March 8th Council Workshop. Please assist us in the By-law review process by completing our second survey down below. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule a meeting with the team reviewing this By-law, please reach out to Licensing Officer John Comeau to make these arrangements.